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flowers and pattern – and bravery

Sturt Desert Pea cut out on the pattern.

Sturt Desert Pea cut out on the pattern.

I have completed the second stage of my new work and I am quietly confident that the concept may work.  It was funny, I was nervous and procrastinated before I began the second step of drawing, the sturt desert peas to go over the pattern, even though they were on a separate piece of paper and did not affect the background pattern.  I was wondering why I was so hesitant and finally realised that by not doing it, it still remained a possibility in my head.  If I did it and it did not work the possibility was gone and a long cherished of idea would have to be scraped.  Of course by not doing it, the idea was also never going to get a chance of fruition.

Drawing the Peas 1

Drawing the Peas 1

This of course was not an acceptable state of affairs, I am usually fairly fearless and will leap into new things (wisely or not), the second realisation was that I was tired, the chronic fatigue is worse this year as I pressed myself too hard last year).  It is interesting sometimes when you figure out what the issues are and have a good look at them, they don’t seem so important, so away I went.

Having had this moment of moderate bravery, I took an immensely brave step and approached my first gallery, to see if they would represent my work.  I have been meaning to do this for the last year or two, but for all the same reasons as above had not been confident enough to take that step.  What if my work was not good, enough, commercial enough etc, etc, etc……..  Would my dream of being a professional artist be only that, a dream.  Nothing new or something every artist goes through, but a huge barrier I had to overcome.  But with the lovely feedback about my work I have received on this blog to encourage me, I did it.  And… they like my work and want to meet me to see my portfolio with the intent of representing me!  Many happy dances around the room.

Drawing the Peas 2

Drawing the Peas 2

So one of the main objectives of starting this blog may just come to fruition.  Thank you to all my followers, who have taken the time to comment and give me feedback on my work, know that you have made a difference and given me the confidence to take this big step forward in my artistic career.

Rough layout in Photoshop for project

Rough layout in Photoshop for project

Back to drawing at hand, I am now going to do some black and white flowers to put in the middle distance, just to give more depth and variety.  I did a some rough cutting and pasting in photo shop to see how it would look and was pleased with the idea, so on to stage 3 for this project.

Karen

 

 

 

 

I made a Book

Yvette's Coptic Bound Book

Yvette’s Coptic Bound Book

It was my good friends birthday last week and I decided to make her a journal. I had just done a short course on book binding and was eager to put the new skills to the test.

Last year I had given her one of my drawings for a significant birthday and decided to use that image on the cover of her book.  While I was at it, I decided to print off some of my other pictures as well to use.  It is great fun to see your work in another format.

I decided to use some of the other drawing of Australian Natives through out the book to give it a bit of colour.

Sturt Desert Peas

Sturt Desert Peas

Grevillia

Grevillia

Warratah

Warratah

I made the book using ‘coptic binding’, which means that it has front and back covers and these and the paper are stitched together. Found a really great YouTube site  ‘Sealemon‘ that has clear and precise instructions on a whole range of bookbinding techniques.

Coptic Book Binding

Coptic Book Binding

Coptic Book Binding

Coptic Book Binding

 

Really enjoyed making this book, off to make one for me now.

Karen

Waratah 1

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It has been a while since I have done a coloured pencil drawing of a flower, so on my mini holiday I decided to draw a Waratah that I had bought for my office. It is so nice to have flowers in my office at work as I spend so much time there it makes the space so much more pleasant.

I have really enjoyed doing this drawing, it was so nice to work with the familiar. I tried to give the flower more space on the page, I do like a lot of white paper to show and too give the subject room.

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I did the under painting of this picture with my Sennelier inks and really liked the results, so I think I will do another just in ink, it gives such a fresh look.

I have added some more pictures of my holiday to share with you, it has been a lovely time away, very relaxing and rejuvenating. I will be ready now for the final rush up to Christmas and the summer holidays. Combining Christmas and the summer holiday break as we do in Australia makes for a very busy time.

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This is my holiday studio, such a lovely view down to the valley.

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This is one of the beaches on the Great Ocean Rd, I added this one for you Jennifer Tan.

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This one I couldn’t resist, a Australian farmers Christmas scene, I drove past and had to come back for a photo, just to get into the Christmas spirit.

Karen

Revisit and Renew – Grevilliea 2

Grevillea 2 Reborn Sep 13 Coloured Pencil, Ink and acrylic Paint  50 x 70cm

Grevillea 2 Reborn Sep 13
Coloured Pencil, Ink and acrylic paint 50 x 70cm

This painting was started in early 2012, and it was in an April blog.  I had given it a dark green background and it didn’t work, which made me sad as I loved the grevillea flower, it is one of my favourites.  So I put it away to wait for inspiration.   It was a long time coming, but it finally arrived.

Grevillea 2 Progress Waiting for the background

Grevillea 2 Progress Old background

After cutting out the paisleys and raising them up slightly off the painting, I though that the effect would work for this one.  I loved the 3D effect of cutting out the image and floating it above the page.  The shadows thrown by the image are fabulous, or at least I think so.

Grevillea 2 Detail

Grevillea 2 Detail

So nothing daunted I got out the knife and starting cutting into the picture.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the ugly backgound drop away the the flower to reappear again in all its glory.

Grevillea 2 Detail

Grevillea 2 Detail

This time I has wised up and used these great little foam, double sided glue dots, which were so much easier to use.

Happy with the result and so glad to have found a resolution to one of the problems in my portfolio.

Karen

Sturt Desert Pea Lino Cut

Sturt Desert Pea Hand coloured pencil

Sturt Desert Pea Hand coloured pencil

I have printed my Desert Pea Lino cut.  Very happy with my first lino cut in more than 20 years.  This was a single colour print in black, printed on a press and I have hand coloured this one with coloured pencils. Of course!  The press we printed it one was really lovely, a 1860s, huge wrought iron number with great big levers and gorgeous scroll work.  They don’t make them like that any more.

Sturt Desert Pea printed

 

Here is an uncoloured one.  I went back and carved out the background for the next ones, for a bit of a different look.

Sturt Desert Pea Hand Printed

Sturt Desert Pea Hand Printed

This one is hand printed so the colour is not so intense and the background has been carved out.

Sturt Desert Pea Hand Printed Rice paper

Sturt Desert Pea Hand Printed Rice paper

Again this was hand printed, but onto Japanese rice paper and the printed is much darker.  This I really love and will doing more of.  (The image is chopped off because I scanned it around the wrong way!!!, but you get the idea).

I am currently on a little holiday for a quick week off work while I have a moment in a very busy year.  Sitting at Deans March (behind Lorne on the Great Ocean Road), stunning beaches and forest, that would be rain forest as it has been raining constantly for the last 24 hours.  Still cosy inside my cottage with the wood fire, my little dog and new lino cutting tools and loads of lino and wood to cut.  Great Big Happy sigh.

Hannah 'Sleepy head'

Hannah ‘Sleepy head’

New Desert Pea lino

New Desert Pea lino

Bye Karen