Sunday, October 28, 2007


It feels like an age since I last posted although it's only a couple of weeks! I've been immersed in co-directing and performing in an amateur musical production but we finished out run last night and so I'm catching up on some swap commitments that have languished for a wee while. I'm hosting an ATC swap on Mixed Media ATC UK group the theme of which is just to use all natural materials. I decided I wanted to use wood for my ATCs and so I borrowed a pyrography tool from a friend and had a play this afternoon. I didn't find it very easy to do what I'd wanted to do pattern wise so this is what I came up with instead:

After I'd done the backgrounds I was rummaging about looking for some little twigs to attach to them but came across some sea worn shells and decided to use those instead, their simple shapes and colours just seemed to complement the backgrounds.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Altered Text ATCs

I'm participating in an altered text ATC swap on my Yahoo group and, despite actually trying to work on something else, I finished mine this afternoon and these are they. ;o)

Thursday, October 11, 2007


In the absence of any other artwork I thought I would share some of the stuff I've been doing with my daughter. She has started her GCSEs this year and is doing art. We were discussing it one day and before I knew it I was agreeing to work alongside her doing the same homework and as much of the classwork that I can given that I don't have the classroom resources! First up, in class, she was presented with a copy of the painting, Woodcutter by Kasimir Malevich, see below.

The task was to reproduce all or part of the painting on an A3 spread using oil pastels. This is my finished piece:

It's not something I've done before and despite feeling quite unskilled at using oil pastels once I got going I really enjoyed it! ;o)

We're working on coursework entitled "Figure and Space" this next piece is a 15 minute observational drawing of my husband, not that you'd know it was him! LOL

After this I had to do a 3 minute drawing of him without removing the pencil from the page and also not looking at the what I was doing! Good fun! And that was followed by a 3 minute drawing holding the pencil right at the very top, like a paintbrush. Now I have homework to complete that involves using some previously sourced pictures of figures in movement to draw or paint a piece based on one of them which shows movement. Eek! Still thinking about that one! ;oD

It's all great fun and hopefully is encouraging for both of us. :o) I think I'm going to be tackling all sorts of things that I wouldn't necessarily have tried which is all grist to the prospective artist's mill.