Minimalism and Modernism are two distinct artistic movements that emerged in the 20th century. While both movements sought to challenge traditional modes of artistic expression, they did so in different ways. In this essay, we will compare and contrast Minimalism and Modernism to gain a better understanding of these important art movements. Modernism emerged in … Continue reading An ‘Ism’ Overview – Minimalism vs. Modernism
What is the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic?
Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that values the beauty of imperfection, transience, and simplicity. Its roots are in the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Wabi-Sabi has become increasingly popular in contemporary design, art, and architecture, influencing Western aesthetics and design practices. In this essay, I will explore the origins, principles, … Continue reading What is the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic?
Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?
Teacher training offers lots of great knowledge, but it doesn't always clearly explain the why's for the curricula we follow. Of course studying educational psychology, theory, and philosophy will give to a massive foundation, but what the heck am I supposed to build on it? When you start teaching in a classroom, with or without … Continue reading Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?
A Creative Block Project – Day 6
Just before going to bed last night I had an inspiration and had to try and get it down on paper... a thumbnail sketch if you like. It was a black brush marker drawing and I thought I would cover it in colour in a similar fashion to the Day 5 work. When I woke … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 6
Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers
Sticking to my usual goal of recycling as much material as possible, I raked the whole area as flat as possible and used the trunks and branches of the cut-down cedars to make my flower box. I called-out for indigenous seeds (on Facebook) and bought others online. I decided to cover the ground with nutrient … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers
Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land
II had several odd cedar trees around my property that I wanted to use and tons of rocks uncovered by the plumbers' digging, so I decided to use these to cover a few eyesores next to my house: the air-conditioning unit; a compost bin / leaf dump; and some storage items for the winter garden. … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land
Warped One – The first application of paint
Here I go... time to take a leap... To be honest I've been procrastinating a little on the start of this one. I've still got a little trepidation regarding watercolour paint. I've got all sorts of preconceived notions about the techniques needed to make it work well and I'm not sure I can do it. … Continue reading Warped One – The first application of paint
(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!
We had our final critique with some classmates and teachers and I got challenged to see my "Big Still Life" in a whole different way! I knew I was modifying the relative sizes of the pieces to play with multiple perspectives, but the shadows all grew from there same light source and direction. My teacher … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!
Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 5 – Final Product
Making time to do stuff is often a challenge for me. Especially if I open the TV instead of Spotify. I really had no excuse to not get this done. All the fibres and fabrics were ready. The loom was ready. My studio space was ready. My other creative projects were done. I even had … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 5 – Final Product