I have had a bit of fun playing with this little girl. She looks like she desperately wants to fit in. The images are from a vintage book on New Zealand. I will post more soon. She needs a name but I can’t think of one for her yet.
I was told that I would have to study digital artwork for my ELECTIVE subject. I was not happy at the time and it ended up taking me so long to learn and catch up with all the younger students. We were instructed to do something and I would watch all the computer screens change to blue and then another instruction and they would change to red etc etc My screen remained the same because I didn’t know how to turn it on. I was assured by the lecturer that it would come to me and eventually it did. I graduated from the class with a Distinction. I love Digital Imaging and still use it in my art practice (also teach). These two limited edition images were from 2007.
This was Lynn Patatsos’ second workshop with me. Lynn has played with lots of different media and is open to all suggestions. When making collage or working with chance it is best not to be too precious about your finds and discoveries. At times discoveries are an enormous part of the work you make and then at other times it may start off that way and then get lost in the application. Found images are not just luck they are identified by you and applied by you next to another found image or media and so on. Your image will be unique. My advice to anyone playing with found images is to remember to EDIT. This image is called the meditation. Great job Lynn.
I know I said I wanted to do still life with a quirky twist but these were bought for me so I felt I had to do them as they were rather than with a piece of fruit sticking out of them. It was a challenge as I have not actually painted many flowers/arrangements. I know the shadow is obvious and that it maybe should have a shadow behind because of the light in the front but quite honestly it doesn’t because of an overhead light. Some of these paintings have a gloss sealer over the top however this one will remain matt for the time being anyway. Please know that photos reduced in size for here become more intense in colour and that the actual painting is more muted and hazier looking.
Anyone interested in the round puffs in the composition they are Asclepias Pods Green – also called Hairy Balls or Swan Plant.
I didn’t paint the hairs on these balls as it did not suit the loose style of painting I have used.
Tomorrow night I will be teaching another workshop so with the artist’s permission I will post something new that has been made from the mixed media selection.