I’ve not blogged for awhile yet I feel that I have because I’ve been doing it elsewhere!
I’ve started a private forum for Rock Paper Scissors – London Members and a website – very early days on the website so only 4 members so far – more to be added soon.
I made a simple website for The Stitch in West Norwood (hosted at L’Arche and these are all through the Lambeth Council ‘The Open Works‘).
We made a banner for the Bzz Garage featuring little dry needle felted Bees and lots of crafty floral items – I made the central Bee which I’m rather pleased with (not the text part) – the first version went horribly wrong though.
Some of the ‘Stitchees’ putting the banner together
I have also been taking photographs for them as helping out so for someone who is unemployed I’ve been busy!!
I’ve spent today (besides applying to jobs) have been making up some posters that could be used as a fundraiser for The Stitch who will be selling items made by the ‘stitchees’ at The Feast at St Luke’s Church – West Norwood on the 7th June 2015.
The Feast – first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner (it’s huge & I need to take a better photo!)
Fundraiser Poster Ideas…
Using the Stitch logo I’ve made a poster – vector with textures added and a little ‘light painting’ to give the sewing machine some depth.
These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?
I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…
Caroline Hands – Painter & Mixed Media Artist
I’m also helping a lifelong traditional painter with all her work and photography – helping her learn Lightroom and to create her own greeting cards and to aid her creation of a book that shows her travels and the artwork she has produced throughout her long international career – you can view her work, and video created by the R&A collaborations at Caroline Hands
She also creates Batiks and large Copper artworks such as these – love them!
Caroline Hands Copper Plates
I’m trying to decide which one…
This was the first one I did but thought I’d try to organise the waves more… … so ended up with this one… (the octopus needs darkening a little) … but it seems this little feller is preferred by friends and the MATS Bootcamp Facebook members… he is cute and I’ve printed him out and I need to find a frame to put him in 🙂 this version was just a quickie and wasn’t suppose to be the main work… I think for the next project I will try to do more sketching of ideas and think it through more rather than rushing ahead on the computer side of things… hmm… think I said that last time 😉
Rubber Ducky hoorah!
Close up of Octopus and rubber duck
well I finally decided… the rubber ducky wins!
I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the boat version so I included that too
off to submit it now.
MATS Bootcamp June Submission
The Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery is now open so you can see everyone else work on this theme too.
MATS Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery – Nautical Themed Wall Art
I’ve been working on several canvases – completed different layers and then leaving them for a few days to progress on to further layers.
I decided to take some macro photographs of the surface as I rather like the texture of all the layers and the different paints, gel mediums and oil sticks have made their own textures against the original texture of the canvas itself.
This is one image – I plan to work on some more (I have several) but as I’ve edited a lot of images today (see my other blog…click here) I now need to get some sleep as it’s 1am!
Mixed Media Canvas & Macro Photography
I’ve always been slightly scared of painting on canvases… actually I’ve spent most of my life fearing the white page like a lot of people do.
When I was a kid my family would rip up or throw away anything I drew, painted or made, so I guess I got the ‘message’ that it is wrong/bad to create, make and draw etc. yet I still keep coming back to it.
I bought some canvases last year and they have been sat doing nothing the whole time like a lot of my art supplies (I’m practically a collector of modelling, drawing, painting, diy tools … comes in handy when you do finally decide to make something though :-D)
I decided to actually try to do something with the canvases that didn’t involve using them as a photo backdrop to my jewellery product photos…
I will scan these properly soon (once the protective layer has fully dried) but here’s some mobile phone pics for now.
Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Close-up of Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas
I really like the close ups so I will do a very detailed scan and create some prints from those.
These was the canvas sat with the others last week (mentioned in an earlier post)
I forgot to scan the canvas before I applied the oil colours on top… dammit!
it’s hard to see in these mobile phone pics (sorry… it’s an old iPhone) but the background is in layers of white and blue with thick gel medium between … all applied with palette knives then another thick layer of gel medium on top (that stuff is actually quite expensive if you use it like I do!!!) which gives the top layer of oil sticks a ‘lift’ … I would like to try that effect again.
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most!
I’ve spent such a long time listening and reading about creative business as I’m technically a small creative business owner… errr… but mostly I just work freelance for my old company scanning/cleaning/data researching photos… (which runs out soon… eek!) I do occasionally sell prints of my photographic work but I want to move into illustration and designs which is proving difficult… apparently people are not aloud to have several interests (I see them all similar though?!) so I have to keep it all separate… urgh… it’s causing me conflict and confusion… most of my ideas blend the two or at least elements cross into each other.
One thing they all mention in creative business is about connections with others. I’ve always known that most things in life are about who you know which is difficult as I’ve always been the stranger … moved constantly as a child and never know how to get people to do anything as I always think people can choose for themselves and, if they don’t want to do something then it’s fine… this is not a good thing as it means I do everything myself and then others expect me to look after them too … anyway back to what I was discussing… connections, bridges between people and their needs and desires… some can be blood lines other times it’s not but there is some kind of family/familiar bond/place between them or at least an emotional response, like attraction, hierarchy, a need to be more than they actually are … maybe even avoiding seeing themselves as they are.
This canvas started as just a need to get over a fear and I think it’s actually ended up showing another route that I’m suppose to take… make more connections despite the inner scars… (ok, I’ve been following/watching a fair few spiritual tutorials/ meditations as well so it’s all combined!!).
So I declare this canvas to be about connections, building bridges with trepidation & deep scars!
I will have to think about an actual title.
(Anyone else seeing boobs & errr menstral err issues!?!? well, I did want something fairly primitive in emotion)
update on the MATS Bootcamp June Nautical project…
still very much ‘work in progress’… I like some of the waves but too messy in sections and the white outline does suit some bits and not others… I still have to change that horrid umbrella… might have to get rid of the shadows as they are far too harsh.
Octopus drowning his sorrows before drowning in stormy weather…
as the brief is for wall art and something was mentioned about mounted on a wood panel? (I need to double check that but too tired right now… it’s 4.40am)
I thought I’d try a version that doesn’t have the character and just the boat and waves… wondering if it should have some text even if it’s just the name on the boat… ‘dream’, ‘escape’, ‘sail away’ …
I need to rest my eyes and sleep on it…
boat on stormy seas illustration.
version with the octopus drunk… don’t like his expression anymore … maybe the jumper is needed???
Octopus in a boat on stormy seas illustration.
This little chap has got his new swim pants and cap on 🙂
SOS… LOST RUBBER DUCKY ALERT…
found it… phew… close call.
I have now corrected that inexcusable error! (also brighten the swimming cap and tweaked some shadows and highlights… still a little murky… the sky bit that is…water tends to be a little murky anyway 😉
Rubber Ducky hoorah!
what do you think?
don’t make him cry now… that’s just cruel… wonder if he would like to sold as prints etc?
I’ve added him to my Etsy shop… 🙂
let me know if you want him tweaked, different colour pants/cap or size… http://etsy.me/1uXZ4L4 via @Etsy (the watermark/name/text wont appear on the actual purchased print!)
click pic to visit my Etsy shop 🙂
click pic to visit my Etsy shop 🙂