Two or three weeks ago I received an email, our of the blue, from Ty Hulse, asking if I would be interested in reviewing a book she has written - The World of Fairy.
As most of you know, I am well into mythology, so of course I enthusiastically agreed.
I subsequently received a proof a couple of days ago, and have just finished a most enjoyable read.
Herewith my Review ...........
Sunday, 12 February 2012
This week on Life Book 2012 was a Workshop with Tamara Laporte using paper collage on watercolour paper. Tam uses gel medium to stick her collage paper down, but unfortunately I don't have any, so I used PVA glue, which gets a bit messy!! The idea was to paint with watersoluble crayons over the collage, except for the 'figure'. So you could actually change the figure entirely, you use blended acrylics with the crayons (I think - it is some time since I looked at the video!!) Anyway, as I got so messy with the PVA, and knowing it dries clear, I thought I would paint a watered down gesso all over it before I started to paint (BAD idea!)
Till next time.
Friday, 3 February 2012
Yeah! Yeah! Before you take a sneaky look at my painting, there is a little artistic licence, I must admit. No, not really, just that I used a picture of myself taken about 30 years ago. Well, this week it was about our inner self, and I still feel a lot younger on the inside than I look on the outside!! Anyway it was great fun, and the Workshop was by Kylie Fowler, an Australian Portrait Artist. There are over 1000 of us who have signed on for this Life Book 2012, so from the tutor's point of view it must be extremely difficult to meet everyone's expectations, impossible I would say! Kylie started the video with two black and white computer printed photos the same, but one was a mirror image. We then cut out just the face of the mirror image and transferred it onto the watercolour paper using gesso - this was a first for me. (I'd done it on fabric - not with gesso though) I rubbed rather too much of my face away, but it didn't matter, as the original was there for you to draw the face back in(with biro). The idea was to make a type of cartoon, and fill in whatever you wanted for the hair and body etc. adding a crown or something, as this was representing your Inner Goddess!
If you want to join in the fun, click on the moving Logo - it's still not too late!
Till next time .........
Monday, 23 January 2012
Bonnie illustrated the Workshop by drawing two Goddesses with various attributes written down, but she illustrated her drawings using ink, (a ballpoint pen) and hatching and cross hatching to create the shading and depth.
This I got very excited about, so ............Anyway, this is my finished page, with a little colour added representing day and night or light and dark or sun and moon. and a few words. The idea is to realise everyone has 'two faces' but they work in harmony.
This is the first time I have tried drawing in ball point pen - I loved it and will certainly try again!!
The next workshop is around the 6th Feb. so till then .........
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Happy New Year to my blogging friends (and anyone else who pops by of course!) To encourage myself to learn how to draw freely, I have joined an on-line workshop called Life Book 20l2, run by Tamara Laporte who is based in Brighton, Sussex. She is a very caring, sharing person, who incidentally has only just had her second baby, just before Christmas, and has organised this YEAR LONG Workshop, which includes at least fifteen other Tutors from around the world. It started on the lst Jan. and Tam did the first workshop for the first page of the Life Book, explaining that we are all goddesses (over 700 people have signed up!) and to include all our best qualities onto this first page, after painting the inner goddess we all have! Well, this is my first page ........
If you would like to know more about Life Book 20l2, or even join in, click on the button on the left. Life Book 20l2 is also on Facebook and Flkr.
Till next time .......