Thursday, May 18, 2017

PUNCHED SHAPES FOR FLOWERS!

These two cards were made out of papers, that I had printed, using a gel plate.  I used one of the papers as a background, and then cut and punched out shapes, which were then collaged on with matt medium.

All the flowers were a combination of different punches, which were further embellished with a black marker and white gel pen.


Monday, May 15, 2017

LOOKING OUT FROM THE INSIDE...


I did this small artwork for my artist friend Penny, who has recently spent a day with me in my studio.  I showed her printing with a gel plate - a technique she loved so much, she now has bought her own gelli plate!

She loved the subtle colours of the above background paper that I had just printed, and asked me to develop it into a picture.  I have always liked depicting windows, looking out from an interior - it is a subject that I often return to.

I love the paintings of the late Mary Fedden, who painted still life and landscapes in the same artwork by looking out through windows. "Each of my paintings is a mixture of things that I'm looking at, and my thoughts and imagination," is a quote from a very interesting article taken from the May issue of The Artist magazine in 2008.



Monday, May 8, 2017

ABSTRACTS USING THE CROSS SYMBOL

symbolic abstracts on card by Helen Thompson - (each one is 6 " square)

I have discovered the work of Father Bill Moore.  He is an American Roman Catholic priest, who is a trained artist.  He does not sell his work, but creates art for the good of the community.  The link above shows pics of him in his studio, which I am delighted to say, is slightly messier than mine!  I was inspired by his series, 'Embracing the Cross' (small artworks, 5" x 7"),  to produce the samples in the photograph above, for my sketchbook.  I used layers of acrylic paints, inks and collage.

The colour scheme was inspired by my recent walk in a bluebell wood - see April 25th post.  The Rev. Moore uses all sorts of methods to produce textures, and often includes a found object within the work.  As he says, 'they create an energy in the piece that aligns itself with my faith and my theory that all things can be redeemed.'

In his artist statement he states, 'I also love textures to exist in my work, and I often encourage viewers to touch my paintings, because the oil of human hands makes the plastics in the acrylics that I use that much more human. And when you can touch artwork, you develop a viewpoint rarely accessible in the modern art world.' What an interesting artist...


Sunday, April 30, 2017

BOAT CARD FOR BELATED BIRTHDAY!

Whenever I am doing a project, I use up leftover paint by painting scrap paper, which can be very useful to cut up to make cards.  This is how this card started.  I started working on the background, and then collaged on some simple shapes until the nautical design emerged...

I then remembered that a friend, who is a keen sailor, had just had his birthday, so it became a belated birthday card!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BLUEBELLS FOR COLOUR INSPIRATION


I often find wonderful colour combinations in nature, and enjoy taking photographs which I can use for inspiration.  Yesterday, an early morning walk took me into a beautiful bluebell wood.  When these flowers are seen en masse, at a distance, there is a wonderful blue/purple haze, which makes a lovely contrast with the shades of green and brown of the woods. In particular, I love the purply blue and lime green combination...


Monday, April 17, 2017

USING LETTERS FOR DESIGN


I have recently made invitation cards and a personalised birthday card, using letters as the main design element.

The background for the invitation was a photocopy of a black and white mat, while I used a photocopy of one of my plastic painting sheets, torn into pieces, for the card!




Monday, April 10, 2017

HAPPY EASTER!


Today I helped Caroline put together our Easter window at the One Craft Gallery.  I bought a pack of 25 A4 coloured card for £1 and proceeded to cut out letters which were pegged onto a string to spell out - HAPPY EASTER!  The card that I didn't use was used as mats on which to place the goods - giving colour to the white display cubes.

Caroline keeps geese and they provided the eggs that she has decoupaged to add extra decoration - see pic bottom right.  We wish all our customers a HAPPY EASTER!