Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Image of the Week: 'Silence Part 2'


Creative Process:

This is the second in a series of abstract mixed media collages, using the Silence magazine by Rituals. I selected sections of images that inspired me because they were natural yet artistic.  To create waves, I blended blue coloured pencils first, then added grey highlights. For the sand, I experimented with a brown felt tip pen and brown coloured pencils, using a blender pencil to deepen the texture and colours of the marks in the sand.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Image of the Week: 'Silence'


Creative Process:

Inspiration for  this abstract mixed media collage came from this year's summer edition of the Silence magazine by Rituals.  I was given the magazine, when I purchased a Rituals' scented candle in their shop based at St Pancras International train station.

This is part of a series of abstract collages, which I plan to post weekly. I selected a section of the above image for a variety of reasons, e.g. colour, texture, layers, the 'silence' element. I found the process of layering lightly with orange, black and brown coloured pencils and felt tip pens therapeutic. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Image of the Week: Haiku Art


Creative Process: 

Prompted by a friend's birthday, my knowledge that she likes trees, plus my love of trees, it was time to draw one.  I also knew that my friend liked Haiku poetry, which is a form of poetry using a set of 3 lines that follow a pattern of 5/7/5 syllables. 

I did some research and discovered that subjects of haiku poems are often events, seasons and creatures of the natural world that reflect a distinctive Zen and Buddhist sensibility.  The haiku poet records experience by using a meditative thought process that leaves the mind open to subconscious influences.

This intuitive writing process is akin to the same form of open imagination visual artists use to create their work.  The idea is to use your subconscious imagination to interpret haiku poems visually.

You are not trying to illustrate the landscape, things or ideas mentioned in the poem. Rather, you use the sounds and sensory impressions you receive and imagine from reading the poem as your inspiration. 

Once I had completed the drawing, I wrote this haiku poem:

Forever solid
waiting in vain for the sun
the moon will suffice.

Here is the final framed version, which has made the image much darker.


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