Pride in my Students’ Work: Reviewing Lines as an Art Element

My mentor started this project by asking the students to draw 20 different kinds of lines on a large (14" x 17") piece of white paper. she verbally suggested that all the lines criss cross, as much as possible. She then instructed they colour in a focal point in a bold color and using rule … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Reviewing Lines as an Art Element

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Two: Working with mistakes

See T'Hed Fifty-One because you really want to and you know it! Still sticking with the yellow-ish printer paper as my substrate (and I've prepared several others with it...); I glued on some wallpaper and old (cotton paper) music sheet pieces. I let it dry before painting on some gouache, and let dry again. This … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Two: Working with mistakes

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-One: Mixing it up!

See T'Hed Fifty... just because! Sticking with the odd (11" x 17', yellow-ish printer paper) as a base, I glued on a scrap piece of wallpaper, and tried to paint on some (black) gouache. Then I let it dry (to see if the pastels would work better on the dry paper, because they tore it … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-One: Mixing it up!

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty: Is the story getting more layers?

See T'Hed Forty-Nine... just because! Boredom helps inspire new directions... sometimes! I have this weird paper: yellow with a parchment mottling on it, 11" x 17"... could be a special printer paper, as it isn't very thick. I decided to glue on some old music sheet (cotton) paper pieces to it, paint on some gouache, … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty: Is the story getting more layers?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?

See T'Hed Forty-Eight for similar oddities... The medium didn't do justice to the design... well, it kinda does... Here pastels might have given a more oil painting feel and I wondered if I could have used acrylics and a pallet knife to get the texture and increase the vibrancy... I could blame the poor quality … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Eight: Back to wavering left-ish

See T'Hed Forty-Seven for more on these strangenesses... I think this is the basic form and my stock of old crayons is running low on vibrant choices... it feels like a deal of uncertainty was placed on the colour choices and the effect feel unspectacular to me. In retrospect, the colours were not the issue, … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Eight: Back to wavering left-ish

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Seven: Exit the inner-child

See T'Hed Forty-Six for more on this process... Ok, so the floating orange blocks appear to be the stars (focal point) of this composition... Perhaps that's the essence of how my inner-child feels... always somewhat in the background! Loosely formed, faded, and fragile; my inner-child tries with all its might to stand tall and solid … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Seven: Exit the inner-child

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Six: Loose Lines

See T'Hed Forty-Five for more of this ramble... deflating... squiggly...erratic...blowing-away...fear... I'm not sure what happened here, but I like how loose and free it feels. This is closer to what I want to achieve in paint... I remember feeling a little different while drawing it though... another sign that I should listen to my instincts … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Six: Loose Lines

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Five: On the Verge of emotions…

See T'Hed Forty-Four for more of this expletive... Seeking intensity, the protagonist allowed himself to get red with anger and then started laughing at his preposterous attempts... laughing so hard that his face got even more red. Time to get back behind the curtain and let the creativity develop as much as it can... I'm … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Five: On the Verge of emotions…

Working out and Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Four: Rambling brain

See T'Hed Forty-Three for more on this tale... Seeing himself in yellow, he decided he lacked gravitas and seriousness... "Orange feels more intense and my words must grow in the minds of my viewers, so green for the mouth..." On and on goes the thoughts of out hero-narrator, focusing on superficial details with great zeal; … Continue reading Working out and Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Four: Rambling brain