International Women’s Day 2018

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I just found this sketch of International Women’s Day from about a year ago. I had a stall with art for sale at Burslem school of Art. I think this was the first time I ever drew the main gallery and I also tried to draw the banner that was on display there.

The school of art is very crooked. Burslem is old and suffers from subsidence or is undermined by coal mines. The whole of the city is built on clay and coal and the coal field under the city has caused a lot of damage over the years. Parts of the city also have geologic faults running underneath them so it’s not surprising that the buildings are affected.

There is also a volcanic plug  where I live, the very base of an ancient volcano that was worn away by erosion over thousands or millions of years. The hill that is left dominates the valley of the river Trent, but the ground rises in other places too. There are coal tips (slag heaps) where the spoil from the collieries was dumped as the coal was hewn from the ground.

The wonder of Pottery and artistic design was the result of the geology in Staffordshire.

Artist Rob Pointon

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I was at a meeting at the local town hall tonight and saw a huge painting (made up of four panels) by one of my favourite artists Rob Pointon.

Over the last few years he has become recognised as one of the best known artists in Stoke-on-Trent. His characteristic fish eye lens style adds animation to his colourful paintings.

Recently he has painted in towns all over the country and I think he has exhibited at the mall galleries in London.

Whatever your feelings about his art I think it adds energy and interest to the local arts scene.

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Cat sculpture

My cat sculpture that I bought from a local blacksmith has moved since we had the shed put up. You can rest a plant pot on its tail. I love the glass eyes that she put in.

I would love to do a blacksmith workshop and learn how to do some basic twirls and twiddle.

I was so impressed by the skill of my friend. She has also got the ability to translate a 2d sketch that I did to a 3d sculpture.

Silhouette

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Sometimes it’s nice just to take a close up abstract shot of something. Shapes become more important than detail. Tiny pink petals almost look like butterflies and the straggly money plant, which is cast in shadow, raised its bulbous leaves up to the sky. The thin pale leaves of the spider plant are almost translucent in the light.

Then again you can play about with silhouettes in nature or draw dark doodles to make a pleasing composition.

Always explore, always enjoy, always create if you can.

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Got painting in open exhibition

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I’m really pleased I got Jupiter Blue into a local Open exhibition at the Brampton in Newcastle-under-Lyme. I’m chuffed as it’s quite a large painting and I was half expected to only get one of the other two smaller ones I had also entered but was not successful with these. They were a pastel of Sky and Land and an abstract picture entitled Druid. I think I may work further into the second of these and make it more three dimensional.

Open exhibitions are hard to get into. They are dependant on so many different things, not least whether your work fits in with the feel of an exhibition. I have more luck some days or years than others. They also depend on the number of entries. I’ve heard of some opens taking one picture from each entrant then adding additional ones if there is enough space.

Dropping off

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I’m shattered… I’ve been out most of the day in the garden and at a singing event and delivering some leaflets.

Trouble is I start to doze off and then funny gobbledygook starts appearing on my screen such as:

-hhh+h or vvhhgghh or cxdddddjjn

Where my fingertip trails across the screen while I had fallen asleep.

I just did it again but have deleted the scrambled letters .. I need sleep!

Chose the image because it’s bright, cheery, and makes me feel awake.

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Swirls

When I have had a long day I enjoy doing something creative. These were done with a couple of apps, sketcher free and picsart.¬† I don’t know why I like swirls and spirals so much.

Anyway here are three iterations. The first was the most complex to create, the second and third led to the first. I started with bright colours and then reduced them by using the curves option, changing each colour to a more muted one and eventually grey.

I think I will just finish here. Today was very busy.

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