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trafford
03-01-2014, 07:49 AM
Good Morning all.

I'm sitting here with coffee and homemade buttermilk bread (baked my brains out yesterday) thinking about spring and whether the snow will ever melt. I think we are going to miss that big icy thing that will be covering a lot of the country Sunday, I hope. Lots of food so we are OK whatever happens. I suppose Brian is enjoying his summer. Lucky he. :)

What are you all doing? Art work , of course and what else? Getting seeds ready for planting? Let us know here and art work too.

:cool:

brianvds
03-01-2014, 10:27 AM
I'm sitting here with coffee and homemade buttermilk bread (baked my brains out yesterday) thinking about spring and whether the snow will ever melt. I think we are going to miss that big icy thing that will be covering a lot of the country Sunday, I hope. Lots of food so we are OK whatever happens. I suppose Brian is enjoying his summer. Lucky he. :)

Snow? What's that again? Oh, that cold, white stuff that falls from the sky? Haven't seen any in ages. Though if truth be told, when I did finally get to see it during an extended visit to Europe, I thought it the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

We're having a rather wet rainy season this year. Good news for farmers, but for someone who has to ride a motorbike to work every day, it can get a bit miserable after a while...

What are you all doing? Art work , of course and what else? Getting seeds ready for planting? Let us know here and art work too.

I have been thinking of doing a mosaic project with the kids at school. But how to go about it? Obviously we can't do "real" mosaic - the materials are hideously expensive here. A cheap substitute is simply cutting tesserae out of paper, but it is messy and takes long.

So I hit upon the idea of creating a sort of pseudo-mosaic: I took a colouring picture and simply drew in lots and lots of little tile-like blocks, and then coloured them. It actually took ages to do, but it's a lot of fun, and the results speak for themselves:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/142294-2014_pseudo-mosaic_medium.JPG

All this has created in me a fascination with mosaic as art form, and I am thinking of doing a "serious" pseudo-mosaic in oils or acrylics. Not that my work will ever be really, really serious - perish the thought! But I was surprised to see that it is actually not done all that often by anyone, which I find surprising considering that it is easy to do and gives nice results.

In the meantime, I found stunning examples of 'real" mosaics here:

http://www.midcenturia.com/2011/05/soviet-airport-mosaics.html

Yes, the Soviets severely repressed the arts, yet Soviet artists often came up with quite stunning stuff.

My head is boiling with ideas for art projects, but I seldom seem to have time or energy for them. This is the last year I am doing a serious job. Next year I find myself a half-day job, move into a dirt cheap apartment and become a bohemian artist. Life is too short to spend it making other people rich.

artbyjune
03-01-2014, 12:30 PM
I love the sound of that homemade buttermilk bread, janet.

That is a terrific mosaic idea Brian. The picture turned out well and I think the kids would love doing that too!

I went shopping to the cheap stores and got some art supply bargains this morning, so looking forward to using them. The cheap supplies are good for experimenting. I was using my expensive materials for experiment that ended up in the bin...bit of a waste. Now I will use the cheapies until I feel I like whatever new thing I am trying and can do it OK before using the good materials. Makes sense really, I suppose.

brianvds
03-01-2014, 10:56 PM
That is a terrific mosaic idea Brian. The picture turned out well and I think the kids would love doing that too!

We'll have to see: I find that they get very reluctant when something takes even a little bit of concentration or care or anything resembling actual work. :-)

I went shopping to the cheap stores and got some art supply bargains this morning, so looking forward to using them. The cheap supplies are good for experimenting. I was using my expensive materials for experiment that ended up in the bin...bit of a waste. Now I will use the cheapies until I feel I like whatever new thing I am trying and can do it OK before using the good materials. Makes sense really, I suppose.

Yup. I learned the rudiments of oil painting by using cheap student colours on cardboard cut out of old boxes and primed with a layer of acrylic. It worked perfectly well. To this very day most of my drawings are made on ordinary computer printer paper, often scrap paper from work, with stuff typed on the reverse side. Doesn't prevent me from learning. :-)

trafford
03-02-2014, 07:53 AM
Terrific mosaic Brian...like the color blend. If you could do something like this in black and white, copy a bunch and let the kids color them, they might like that.

brianvds
03-02-2014, 08:14 AM
Terrific mosaic Brian...like the color blend. If you could do something like this in black and white, copy a bunch and let the kids color them, they might like that.

Yup, that is exactly the idea. In fact, I made mine by coloring in a black and white copy. But it takes quite a while; one will have to see whether the kids will have the patience for it. :-)

I have since tried something similar in acrylics, but left the thing half complete because I didn't like it much. I think it is an idea that can be made to work, mind you. But it will take quite a bit of research and development, I think.

gakinme
03-03-2014, 03:25 AM
Brian, very nice mosaic piece. It takes patience but the result is beautiful.

I'm doing very well. Spent some time finally to relax today.


Bought a Strathmore Mixed Media 140 lb 6x8 inch vellum surface 15 sheet pad 400 series. I had used a small 3x5 sketchbook before and really enjoy this surface even for colored pencils. Very sturdy surface.

Some organic doodles.

Kimberley watercolor pencils and fountain pen and pencil

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/86669-organic01.jpg

Speedball black india ink and fountain pen
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/86669-organic02.jpg


Here's my attempt at another Kraken.

Earthbound 810 inch kraft spiral sketchbook that could take quite a beating with pen and still not peel or feather. Pilot 78G medium and bold fountain pen, Lamy Safari extra fine fountain pen.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/86669-kraken01.jpg

brianvds
03-03-2014, 08:17 AM
Nice doodles, Sandra. Somewhere between Miro and Picasso!

That Kraken does not look amused. Perhaps someone on board the ship made remarks about its mother... :-)

trafford
03-04-2014, 06:07 AM
Fun organic doodles Sandra. Very free movement. Like them a lot.

Does anyone feel like throwing a few photos in for a March paint a long...or we can still work on the old ones? I woke up Sunday with sore throat, cough and headache...so I'm out of commission for a few days.

Happy art :cool: :cool:

brianvds
03-04-2014, 07:38 AM
I think we can use the present paint-along photos for another month. Well, there are a few there I still want to have a go at. :-)

Good luck with the flu!

trafford
03-04-2014, 02:04 PM
:thumbsup:

brianvds
03-11-2014, 02:03 PM
Cross-post from the miniature forum's monthly photo paint-along thread. An ACEO sized (2.5 x 3.5 inch) mini-landscape, oil on board. Smallest painting I have ever tried, and I am not exactly ecstatic with the result, but I think I learned the one and other from it, and I am beginning to warm to this small size of painting. The way the world economy is going, we'll soon be using ACEOs as currency... :-)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2014/142294-000_0001.JPG

artbyjune
03-11-2014, 03:39 PM
Love that aceo size oil painting.

Very interesting octopus drawing!

brianvds
03-14-2014, 11:51 PM
Well, at long last - bright, clear skies this morning. We have had three weeks of virtually incessant rain. In a dry country we try not to complain about good rains. But heavens above, three weeks of it! We are just not used to that; everyone suffers from cabin fever, and the mood around here has been more or less the same as that of a bunch of wet cats.

Unless the clouds gather again, people are going to be almost ecstatic today. :-)

brianvds
03-16-2014, 10:06 AM
Another cross-post from the miniature forum's monthly photo reference painting thread. Oil on board, ACEO size (3.5 x 2.5 inches):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2014/142294-35_March_2014.JPG

azulparsnip
03-16-2014, 12:00 PM
lovely mini's Brian. The puppy's eye looks so real, like a magazine photo. I think your idea of being a artist for a while is a good idea. You have skills, it would be awesome to have free time to explore with them.

Janet, yum, I love baking in the winter.

June - yes, using cheap art tools is a big encouragement to free exploration.

here's the latest edition lino cuts (culture icons) of artomat blocks varnish drying.
I thinking about maybe a sphinx and one of the golden ratio. They are a lot of work but it gets the art out there.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2014/88676-artoma.gif

artbyjune
03-18-2014, 10:32 AM
Robin, I especially like the elephant- Ganesh print

artbyjune
03-18-2014, 10:33 AM
Love that puppy Brian. Your aceo's are terrific.

brianvds
03-18-2014, 10:53 AM
Love that puppy Brian. Your aceo's are terrific.

Thanks. I put another one in the photo paint-along thread. I seem to be churning them out on a production line nowadays. :-)

tyree
03-21-2014, 07:32 AM
Hi Sandra, hope you are doing well!!!! I love the design to those works, the lines are so clean and crisp........Brian,,,,,i saw your mini's in the miniature forum the other day,,,,you do so well them,,,,that puppy is adorable,,,keep it up, your good at them!!! tyree

tyree
03-21-2014, 07:33 AM
Robin,,,,i love these lino cuts, the design the colours,,,quite fabulous....!!!! tyree

brianvds
03-22-2014, 10:12 AM
Cross post from the miniature forum - a post-impressionist parrot:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2014/142294-38_March_2014_10cm.JPG

Oil on canvas board, 4 x 4 inch.

brianvds
03-23-2014, 03:20 AM
Yikes! Noticed some bad drawing errors, tried to fix them, not sure the cure didn't turn out worse than the disease... :-)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2014/142294-37_March_2014b.JPG

trafford
03-24-2014, 08:10 AM
Brian I love your sweet, very little dog.

You've had rain, we seem to be having forever snow and cold. Everyone I know has gained weight this winter including my doctor.

brianvds
03-26-2014, 11:49 AM
And the next miniature. This is the smallest one I have done thus far, but by miniature standards actually not all that small! Oil on board, 2.5 x 2.5 inch (about 65 x 65 mm):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Mar-2014/142294-38_March_2014.JPG

artbyjune
03-27-2014, 10:57 AM
Love your animal minis, Brian. The animal's personality shines thru.

brianvds
03-30-2014, 07:37 AM
Latest miniature - canola field in bloom. ACEO, oil on board:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2014/142294-39_March_2014.JPG

trafford
03-30-2014, 10:19 AM
Minis getting better and better Brian. Like that look of love in the cat's eyes and the simplicity of the landscape.

Here is a collage for a friend who wanted a little picture to compliment the border paper in her loo. :)


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2014/42757-JANETS_BIRD.jpg

HAPPY SPRING! Soon I hope.

brianvds
03-30-2014, 11:30 PM
Nice collage, but keep in mind that if it is going to be in a bathroom, the moisture there might soon cause the colours to run all over the place. :-)

trafford
03-31-2014, 07:29 AM
I don't know, she has a collage in there already and it is doing OK. These are painted papers, but the bird is lead and colored pencil. Fingers crossed.

brianvds
03-31-2014, 07:38 AM
It's the colored pencil I am worried about, especially if it is watercolor pencil.