Itching to do some actual painting again. I console myself with the fact that Mary Newcomb didn't really start showing her paintings until she was in her 50's.
This year I will be experimenting far more with pen and paint with the aim of developing the illustration aspect of my work.
I love both these paintings, the one at the top because it was from memory and just flowed out in a couple of hours and this still life - although it is quite traditional in approach - because I like the light in it and truly got lost in painting it for a few days.
I used to do life drawing at college and am not sure if I have anything scanned in that I could show you.... I do!
I will aim to simply draw more ( some would be progress!) without pressure to be perfect and gradually my skills should come back. Here are a tiny amount of the published work I've done, these are much tighter paintings for children's books and notelets in the case of the train and ark, but the floral with cake is closer to the way paint my still lives - this was printed as a greeting card and notelet:
I suppose you can see where Moobaacluck came from! I hadn't had children by then though....
I do seem to have a thing about flowers and gardens...particularly tulips; you'll probably have seen this one if you've been following my blog:
I am really looking forward to pushing myself on my own terms to see what I am capable of now.
I really love developing Moobaacluck but need to find a way to incorporate all aspects of my creativity - I think sewing is out for me:) into my life. Is this too speak my brains? Ceramics I've done and will photo those pieces another time!! I thoroughly enjoyed coil pot making and Raku (throwing wasn't really for me) but painting, drawing, designing, printmaking and Moobaaclucking it is. Oh and illustrating with it all of course! Where should I start!?
In a couple of weeks I'll be starting Rachael Taylor's and Beth Nicholls' surface pattern design course. Find out more by clicking the logo in the margin right at the top right:) I can't wait.
What about you? any plans to investigate new ways of working or even completely new skills?