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

My First Graders get into making Messy Charcoal Flowers

I approached this material a little differently. I told my students to get dirty! (See the pics below) I started with showing them some charcoal sticks, ribbing them on my fingers to shows how easy it was to get messy, then smearing and smudging it on papers. Showed them how to make different lines: thick, … Continue reading My First Graders get into making Messy Charcoal Flowers

Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

It started with a question: How do I dispel the fear some of my students have at making art? Well, I could lecture them about all the innovators and show them dozens of paintings by folks like Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, Park, ect... OR, I could some excellent YouTube resources and let them see the joy … Continue reading Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part b) – Embracing What Works For Me

When working on paper I love putting down the basic colours with dry pastels and leaving the dust on the surface. I find that gives texture and movement to the composition. It has to do with the colours blending and giving the work a better feel. I'd never done it on a vertical surfacmwhere the … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part b) – Embracing What Works For Me

The Creature’s Sorrow

Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is a cut branch off of a beach tree with red thread and jute twine. The brush part is made of steel wool. I must admit that I chose this material partly because I wanted to see what would happen when it rusted... how would that affect the … Continue reading The Creature’s Sorrow

There’s An Evil Spirit In That Wind

Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is cut from a cedar branch with jute twine. The brush fibres are nylon bundling rope salvaged from the hardware store. The India ink surprisingly soaked into the fibres and dripped onto the paper... The fibres got more straight with the ink soaked into them and this allowed … Continue reading There’s An Evil Spirit In That Wind

Surprise Is In The Eyes

Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is made from a cedar branch, jute twine, and coloured embroidery thread. The brush is a reclaimed piece of bamboo fabrics cut from some old jockey shorts. I just knew that this material would soak up tons of ink and I could and probably should have worked on … Continue reading Surprise Is In The Eyes

Running With The Wind

Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is made from a lilac tree branch, jute twine, and red embroidery thread. The brush is the foil isolation taken from the inside of an electrical extension cord. I carefully unwrapped the foil from the wires and cut them. Again I wasn't sure how the foil would hold … Continue reading Running With The Wind

Maelstrom On My Mind

Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is from cutting off of my lilac tree and jute twine, The brush is spectacular (IMO). I used small twigs from a shrub growing under the lilac tree. I had no idea if they would hold any ink to mark with, but they did. As I was making … Continue reading Maelstrom On My Mind

In The Spider’s Grasp

Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is a little over 60cm long, made from a maple branch cutting and bound in coloured treads and jute twine. The brush is also jute twine. Being one of the first brushes I tried for this project, I wanted to stay simple and see how circular movements could … Continue reading In The Spider’s Grasp