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Mixing Media Group Show

Pieced Pattern 9  Ink, coloured Pencil

Pieced Pattern 9
Ink, coloured Pencil

The group show Mixing Media opened on Friday and seemed to be well received, It had been a hard work getting some new work together when I have been so tired and having the Christmas holidays just before the show made it harder to focus on getting the work done.  But I have new work and the other six pieces that I did earlier.

Mixing Media Show Jan 2015

Mixing Media Show Jan 2015

Mixing Media Show Jan 2015

Mixing Media Show Jan 2015

Here are the other two new pieces that I haven’t posted on the blog.

Pieced Pattern 8  Ink, coloured Pencil, thread and beads

Pieced Pattern 8
Ink, coloured Pencil, thread and beads

This piece has also been a background for a winter vegetable, but I have just realised that I haven’t shown it to you before.  Sorry for keeping secrets, so here is the journal page along.

Eggplant Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencil

Eggplant Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencil

Pieced Pattern 8 Detail Ink, coloured Pencil, thread and beads

Pieced Pattern 8 Detail
Ink, coloured Pencil, thread and beads

This was the only large work that has threads and beads on it and only very subtly,  I like the little hint of sparkle and definition that they give.  The others had enough going on without any extra.

Pieced Pattern  9 Ink, coloured Pencil

Pieced Pattern 9
Ink, coloured Pencil

The last big piece also started in my journal as is one of two, I haven’t finished the other one yet so that one is yet to come.  I like the retro feel to these two and they have a more masculine palette.  I have had enough pink from all the flowers I draw, so nice to get into other colour ways for a change.

Triangles Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencil

Triangles Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencil

It has really had the 3D treatment as you can see in the detail, the blue triangles are raised up with little foam sticky things (very technical) to give it some extra lift so to say.  It was funny at the exhibition, because it took people a moment to realise that the pieces were raised and they were going up for a closer second look.  I hope that is a good thing!

Rounded Squares Journal Page ink and watercolour pencil

Rounded Squares Journal Page ink and watercolour pencil

Karen

Getting ready for a group show.

Pieced Pattern 7  Detail Ink, coloured Pencil

Pieced Pattern 7 Detail
Ink, coloured Pencil

Happy New Year everyone.   Finally back on the blog after a little rest.  Just wanted to have one less obligation in my life while I got myself back into work after my break and the rush up to the end of the year.  Feeling better now and missing everyone.

I have been busy with my art, when there is no energy for the rest of my life, I can always sit and draw and the patterns are soothing in their repetition.  There was also the fact that I have an exhibition at the end of January to spur me on.

I have three new big works (A1 size) and hopefully another will be finished in time.  They are from drawings in my sketchbook, some I have shown you before.  They were backgrounds for some of the vegetables, but have come out from the background to star in their  own right.  I have pieced them together to give them more depth, I was going the sew on them all, but some didn’t need any more detail.

Pieced Pattern 7  Ink, coloured Pencil

Pieced Pattern 7
Ink, coloured Pencil

This first one was the background to the peas, I was going to put the peas over the top but it just didn’t work, it became too busy and I liked it as it was, so the pea pod is being saved for a later date.  Nothing will go to waste, it will just have to wait till I have a moment to sort its background out.

Peas in a Pod

 

I will share the others on my next post, and the link to the exhibition.

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a bright start to the New Year and like me looking forward to what exciting things this new year will bring us all.

Karen

Pieced Patterns – All done

Pieced Patterns  Coloured Pencil, embroidery thread, ink and glass beads

Pieced Patterns Coloured Pencil, embroidery thread, ink and glass beads

They are all done at last and I spent yesterday hanging them in the Small Works exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery.  My first works in an exhibition.  Very exciting and a little nervous making.  If anyone is in Melbourne you are all inviting to come.

Here is the final one, it took awhile to finish as I had some problems with it and just couldn’t get it to work.  I think I was over thinking it and  just took it back to basics and it finally came together.

Pieced Pattern No. 6

Pieced Pattern No. 6

Pieced Pattern No 5 Detail  Coloured Pencil, nk, Paper, Thread and Glass Beads

Pieced Pattern No 5 Detail Coloured Pencil, nk, Paper, Thread and Glass Beads

Pattern 4, Paper, coloured pencil and thread.   21 x 21cm

Pattern 4, Paper, coloured pencil and thread. 21 x 21cm

Pattern No 3, coloured Pencils, glass beads and embroidery thread 21 x 21cm

Pattern No 3, coloured Pencils, glass beads and embroidery thread 21 x 21cm

Raised Patttern 2 20cm x 20cm rag paper, coloured pencil, ink, embroidery thread and glass beads

Pieced Pattern 2 20cm x 20cm rag paper, coloured pencil, ink, embroidery thread and glass beads

Raised Patttern 2 20cm x 20cm rag paper, coloured pencil, ink, embroidery thread and glass beads

Pieced Pattern 2 20cm x 20cm rag paper, coloured pencil, ink, embroidery thread and glass beads

I think my favourite is no 5 with no 1 coming a close second, I like the smaller pieces.  Well hope one of them sells!

Karen

Some more Drawings from my Journal

 

Peas in a Pod  Journal Page Watercolour Pencils and Ink

Peas in a Pod Journal Page Watercolour Pencils and Ink

I thought that I would share some of the latest drawings from my sketch book as there are a few that you haven’t seen so far.  I have been busy, but had computer and fatigue problems so I have not been posting much. Now I have a lovely new laptop, that I have almost finished bonding with, so I hope to catch you up.

 

New Laptop, Toshiba satellite, 'Skullcandy'

New Laptop, Toshiba satellite, ‘Skullcandy’

As you can see from the first picture I have added another winter vege drawing, I think this one could be my favourite so far, the colours of the peas really pop against the subtle background.  All my practice over the last few years has really helped, I find that I am much quicker at drawing now and I find it easier to get the results I want.  Working on that 1,000 hours of practice to become proficient.

As I mentioned before there are a few pages that I have not shared with you and here is some medieval drawing I did.  I love to listen to books while I draw and I subscribe to Audible (part of amazon) for my books.  They have a great series called ‘The Great Courses’ which are a wide range of courses given by university lecturers.  I find them really fascinating and interesting, plus I learn a little bit more each time.  I love history and I have been listening to courses on the middle ages and this inspired my to do the following drawings.  The first one is of medieval tiles from various cathedrals, while the second is my design using these patterns.

Medieval Tiles Journal Page  Ink and watercolour pencil

Medieval Tiles Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencil

Medieval Patterns 1  Journal Page  Ink and watercolour pencil

Medieval Patterns 1 Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencil

The last page I have to share is the finished page of the Artichoke.  You saw it in an earlier post unfinished so I thought you might like to see it finished.  The bottom of the artichoke did not work out so well and you can see I was trying out different versions of the background, but I think it will be redone in my series of winter veg that I am working on now.

Artichoke 2 Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencils

Artichoke 2 Journal Page Ink and watercolour pencils

I will be posting a bit more often in the next little while because I have still not caught you up with all I have been doing.  I have had enough energy to keep the art work going but not enough to keep up with the posting.

Karen

Pieced Pattern No 5

Pieced Pattern No 5 Detail  Coloured Pencil, nk, Paper, Thread and Glass Beads

Pieced Pattern No 5 Detail Coloured Pencil, nk, Paper, Thread and Glass Beads

Here is the Fifth in the series of six Pieced Patterns that are going into an exhibition in August.  This one is reminds me of flowers and the colour scheme I think worked particularly well.  It has been a favourite of my friends who have seen the works so far.

Pieced Pattern No 5 Detail  Coloured Pencil, nk, Paper, Thread and Glass Beads

Pieced Pattern No 5 Coloured Pencil, nk, Paper, Thread and Glass Beads

I have decided to call them Pieced Patterns as they reminded so many of you of patchwork quilts and they are pieced together.  I will also be calling them assemblages as I do not see them as collages.  I do not use found material in them as I make and colour the paper elements myself.  I wanted to also include the meditative element of repetitive pattern work and will call each one a different name. All synonyms of meditate.  I have a whole list of words just not sure which will go with which.

I have one more to finish, it is almost there I just have to rejig the last element as it didn’t work then I will post it and all six of them together.

Karen

Artichokes

Artichoke Heart Journal Page  Pen and watercolour pencil

Artichoke Heart Journal Page Pen and watercolour pencil

Artichoke Heart Journal Page

Been doing some more drawing of vegetables on pattern and I just love the colours in purple artichokes and such a great winter veg.  They are the most bizarre things not only in how they look, but the fact we are eating unformed thistle flowers is just weird.  I look at some of the foods we eat and wonder who was the first person who thought this might be a good thing to eat.  Its like olives you have to soak and brine them for weeks before they are eatable, someone must have been very hungry to go to so much trouble.

Artichoke Journal Page  Pen and watercolour pencil

Artichoke Journal Page Pen and watercolour pencil

I have also included the other side of the page even though it not finished, which is the outside of the artichoke, just to make a matching pair.

Blood Bean on Wood  Ink and Watercolour pencil 25 x 30cm

Blood Bean on Wood Ink and Watercolour pencil 25 x 30cm

I want to do a little series of winter vegetable on pattern. Larger drawing of the artichokes, the blood bean and pumpkin from earlier posts and I am just trying to see what I want to draw on.  I have done this quick one of the blood bean on plywood to see if I like it better than paper.  Not sure if I like it, but the already mounted ply means there is no problems with mounting it.

Karen

Pattern 4

 

Pattern 4, Paper, coloured pencil and thread.   21 x 21cm

Pattern 4, Paper, coloured pencil and thread. 21 x 21cm

Pattern No 4 is complete.  Well in fact I completed it a couple of weeks ago, but had not got around to photographing and posting it until now.  There is always that pull between making the art and posting it.  I am going to be doing at least six of these for an exhibition in August.

I finally found the work that inspired me to start sewing into paper and another artist doing similar work.

Michelle Forsyth did this great series of watercolours where she sewed lines onto the paper with threads called Dark Watercolours.  I saw the close up below and just loved it.

 

Michelle Forsyth.  Dark Watercolor 05 17 x 17 inches

Michelle Forsyth. Dark Watercolor 05 17 x 17 inches


Michelle Forsyth.  Dark Watercolors 04 40 x 40 inches

Michelle Forsyth. Dark Watercolors 04 40 x 40 inches

Later in my wanderings around Pinterest I found this other artisit Emily Barletta who does very intricate sewing into paper.  How exciting are these!  Well you can tell I loved them.

 

Emily Bartlett Untitled 73

Emily Bartlett Untitled 73


Emily Bartlett Untitled 57

Emily Bartlett Untitled 57

 

I thought I would get some inspirations from the names these artist had called their work, but no so luck they just numbered them.

I will leave you with a close up of my work and continue on with the next.

Pattern 4 Detail , Paper, coloured pencil and thread.   21 x 21cm

Pattern 4 Detail , Paper, coloured pencil and thread. 21 x 21cm

Karen