Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New posts over at my Wordpress blog


There are a couple of new posts over at my Wordpress blog. Please pop over, and if you have my blog bookmarked, please update your link.

Slab Sculpture update

Drawing update - starting a new oil pastel project

I look forward to seeing you on the new blog!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Mississhippi's Madness is moving...

Hi all, I have decided to try out Wordpress for my blog. I'd love it if you clicked on over and caught up with what's new with my artistic endeavours there...

Mississhippi's Madness at Wordpress

I'm on leave from my arts course at the moment so things have been pretty quiet, what with having the flu during the break as well, but the blog should be up and running again with more news from mid next week - unless I am inspired in the meantime.

Have fun creating!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Printmaking - Screen printing - monoprint

I had some fun in printmaking yesterday. Had the time to do a screen print monoprint.

Painting - Impressionistic Landscape - Acrylic

Today we started work on an Impressionist inspired landscape. We had to start from a sketch or idea from our own  mind rather than from a photo. We have been learning about tertiary colours and colour mixing so this will be an experimental piece.

I'm quite happy with the way this has started out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Trajectories Exhibition

Trajectories Exhibition
WSI Nepean has made an announcement regarding the opening of the Trajectories Exhibition, with a photo. If you'd like a peek at the works on display from the Certificate IV Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts, please follow the link.

I'll post some more pics soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Drawing - Oil Pastels Triptych - Green/Red

I have had to do some reworking of this drawing at the teacher's suggestion.

She was unhappy with my Van Gogh inspired sky as it was sitting too flat in the drawing, and once again, I have to fit in with the project brief, which I am really finding quite restrictive in some areas, so have changed the sky. The process of working out how to turn the flat into something with depth is a learning experience too, so I shouldn't complain.

The light when I took this picture wasn't the best as it has put a bit too much light in the sky. I think the sky has a little more depth to it now and is not so flat, but it has lost some of the fun for me. Anyway, this is almost complete. I'll take it to class on Wednesday and see what the teacher makes of this version. Every chance she'll dislike this sky too.. I think I need to lighten the distant trees a little more to stop them pushing forward as much as they do. I'm pretty happy with the poppy field too now.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ceramics - Slab Bowl - complete

The slab bowl was fired during the week and is now complete. I must say that I am not so happy with the outcome. It is not the glaze I would have chosen for this piece, but we had to use the glazes that were a part of the brief for this project.

Also, as we were a little rushed to glaze these, I didn't take as much time or give as much thought as I would have liked to to how to apply this glaze. The test pots we made didn't turn out right as the honey glaze was not mixed sufficiently to get the right colours. I would definitely have done something different with the turquoise glaze if I had had more time. But it is complete and fits the project brief... and I can remake one next year after finishing TAFE and get it exactly how I want it.

I must admit that I really liked this bowl, and now I don't so much.

Ceramics - Slab Sculpture Project (2)

I finished building the slab sculpture today. I had just enough time, after doing some preparation work for our exhibition, to put the base on.

Next week there will hopefully be time to start looking at glazes, but we also have the opening of our exhibition on the same day so we will lose some class time to preparing for that.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Oil pastel sketch - Ranunculus

Last night, I sat up in bed, watched an episode of Project Runway and sketched with oil pastels. I'm enjoying playing with these a lot more than I thought I would. Now that I am getting a feel for how they go onto the paper, it is fun to sketch.

This is from a picture I took in my garden a year or two ago. I've been wanting to draw it for a while.

The main flower is a little out of proportion but I am really happy with the way the colours came together. A few minor adjustments and it is finished.

The sketch is about 9" square, on Canson Mi-Teintes.

Trajectories - Exhibition 12 - 22 September 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World

I spent an hour before going to school on this painting on Wednesday. I spent that time repainting the tablecloth. I think it is looking much better. Now I just have to redo the flowers and finish off some other small details.
I still think I need to put some shadowy details on the kitchen bench under the top cupboards, but I'll think on that some more.

Printmaking - Screen printing

Managed to get three more colours onto my paper stencil screen print today - only one more to go.
There will be a line of dark blue mountains and I'll use the same colour to mark in the small final marks such as the fish eyes and gills.

This has been a fun process but is quite time consuming.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World

I've been working on this painting again today, whilst looking after my daughter who is home with a temperature - poor kid.

This is feeling like the never-ending painting right now. Still more to go. Will post again once more work done.

There's a Pelican in my garden

Last year I went to a pottery workshop and created a pelican. After much nursing along, he was given his final firing a few weeks ago, and he made it home to my garden this weekend. Woo hoo!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World

I have had a good day and a bit of a frustrating day today. This morning I photographed a whole lot of work that I hadn't had the chance to do for a while, did some washing, updated my blog, and then went shopping for some essentials (and non-essentials!). I even bought a new desk chair as my old one has fallen apart. But... I was also supposed to get on with work on my acrylic painting.

I think I am procrastinating as I am still not really confident in this medium yet. I finally started at about 2pm. I mixed a palette of burnt sienna and raw sienna in different hues and tones, and then had to scrap the lot as not one of them worked. Aaargh!

Anyway, I persevered and got a bit done but not as much as I would have liked. Here is the progress...
I have blocked in the extra items on the buffet that need to be painted in, I have put another coat of colour on the buffet, I painted a glaze over the wall in the kitchen area below the cabinets, and basically mucked around with mixing colours. I did ghost in some of the things on the high shelves in the kitchen cabinet - I really like how they turned out. Hopefully I will get more done on Tuesday when I have time to get back to this again.


For some reason I haven't caught up on all the prints I have completed in Printmaking so far this year. So this post will be a catch up of images.

 'Roller Coaster'
This was the second lino cut print I created. I was lucky enough to get two prints done for the lino cut project.

Reduction Lino

We then moved onto Collagraphs - images cut out of mat board.



(the next three versions were experimentation with colour and combinations of the plate)




Screen Printing
First week of screen printing we just played with printing one colour onto butchers paper to get a feel for screen printing. As the class progressed we were able to play with colour, which I did.

The following week we worked on collages to prepare for a paper stencil screen print, which we started printing last week. My print will be a four colour print. The following is the first two colours complete.

A slightly surreal image I am calling 'Treading Water'.

I'll post the final screen print once completed - hopefully in class this week. If I get through this quickly I may be able to print onto a T-shirt as well, which would be great fun.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Drawing - Oil Pastels Landscape triptych - Green/Red

After a nice morning out at the Penrith Regional Gallery with my daughter, I came home and couldn't help but do a bit more work on the Green/Red landscape. I am paying for it now as my shoulder has decided that I shouldn't do anymore art today. First time in ages that my joints have let me know they have had enough.

I have had so much fun with this. I hate having to stop. But I'd better stop now rather than be forced to stop completely and not be able to move later. *grin*

 I'll finish this in class on Wednesday I hope, and will leave it alone until then.

Flowers in the Garden (5)

It is really foggy here this morning. It is after 10am and it still hasn't cleared, but the light was great for taking a few photos.

Have a great day!

Art in the early morning - Drawing with Oil Pastels

For some reason I have been waking up way too early in the morning the last few days - but I am not going to complain. I have had the most fun. Everyone else was asleep, except the cats, but they soon snacked and dozed off again. I set myself up at my easel and got out the oil pastels to continue working on my current class project - complimentary opposite landscape triptych.

This morning, I pretty much finished the purple/yellow one. I'll take it to class this week and my teacher will soon spot anything else I need to do, but I think it is pretty much done.

And I started on the green/red landscape as well...

I have decided to do something a little different with this one, a little Van Gogh-esque.  It is a lot of fun this making marks with oil pastels. I am still surprised by how much I am enjoying it and how freeing it is to just put marks on the paper. Sure, I still need to have an idea of where to put what colour, but these three works are coming together really well for me. With the green/red, I love the way the sky and trees seem to loom over the rest of the landscape. I'll be interested to see if it still does that once the foreground colours are in. There will be a field of red poppies in the foreground, so I can't wait to see how that looks.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World - reworked #2

Today in painting I continued to work on the re-worked version of my My World project. My teacher is very happy with the new direction and also feels that the space is working much better in this cropped new work.

I feel like I haven't accomplished much with this today as I was only working on the background - a lot of grey/green tones. I have also marked in where a few other objects will go. This weekend I have to get to work on this as I would like to include this in the exhibition if I can get it completed by end of next Friday. So I need to add in the extra items, re work the buffet, finish the tablecloth and items on the table, and add some more solid colour onto the flowers, balloons and fruit. *deep breath* Lots to do, lots of paint to play with, lots of fun really, so I can't complain.