Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ink paint paper blog moodboard - Homework -week 2 #bywbootcamp

At the end of the week I gathered some of my favourite things, some of my own work and pictures by artists I admire. Arranged on my table in my studio they form my homework for #bywbootcamp with Holly Becker from the Decor8 blog. I've got to be honest I prefer doing a 'live' collection and photographing it rather than a digital collection which doesn't come naturally to me!!

I am musing on what my blog will be.. in the meantime I will continue to post about my work and questions that arise; wonderful painters and illustrators I admire and the voyage to creating beautiful things...whether that's some transformation at home or work related. I'm enjoying fantasising about the future ;) in blog terms and real life. Looking at my 'board' I think I know what I am aiming at more than I thought I did. Enough!

If you're a BYWbootcamp student and want to post a link to your mood board in the comments section please do :) Did you find the task helpful?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A Moobaacluck day and a question for you

I've been holed up in my shed painting Moobaacluck orders so far this week, apart from a short walk with my husband this morning. This is what I painted today:

Ribbons to be added! And these too:

Now, the question I have is what do you do about watermarks or protecting your photos? I quite like the white logo but wonder if it's too OTT (over the top) ... perhaps a simple tag line in white as in the top photo is best. What do you think? and what do you do yourself?


Friday, 12 October 2012

Something I made myself...colouring in fun. #bywbootcamp assignment 3

A few weeks ago I drew some festive images with both children and adults in mind which I thought would make a simple but fun colouring kit in the run up to Christmas as part of my Moobaacluck range.

I kept adding to the drawings and ended up with three large B3 ( wider and longer than A3) sheets of card decorated with a tree angel...

[caption id="attachment_1432" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

and a Happy Christmas mini bunting  - I cut this one out with sharp scissors but the perfectionists among you could use a scalpel.

[caption id="attachment_1434" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

You'll need a hole-punch, some string and glue if you want to add the little holly pieces I drew as well. The photo below is dodgy - almost impressionistic ;/ - I still have to get used to my new camera and if I'd had time I would have added more holly pieces. It's been a LONG day and the light was about to go!! You could just draw patterns onto the bunting or leave it plain.

There are about 20 plus potential gift tags or you could use them to make your own greeting cards, just cut out and stick on to a card blank.

For the Christmas lunch table I designed some holly leaf shapes that you can tie to wine glass stems to use as place-name cards too.

There's a reindeer to colour in and a large oval for the children to draw their own Christmassy picture in - or they could colour in the frame, an adult could cut out the centre and then you could stick a family photo behind the frame and display it or send it to a far-flung friend or relative! I print these to order and you can buy the kit here.

What do you think? Would you or your children like something like this?

I find colouring in quite therapeutic.. or I would have had I not just managed to do the bare minimum in order to take some pictures before the light went!!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Who inspires me... the first of many I love . #bywbootcamp assignment week one



This is my first post on inkpaintpaper about who inspires me. I discovered Mary Newcomb shortly before we left our London flat to live in Norfolk when I came across this book in a rambling book shop in Charing Cross road.

[caption id="attachment_1415" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Mary Newcomb" by Christopher Andreae published by Lund Humphries in association with Crane Kalman Gallery, London 1996[/caption]

I loved her work immediately. There are over 160 full colour images of Mary's work - including sketch book images and notes.  This is one of my favourites. She has a wonderful way of juxtaposing scale in her paintings making them magical, illustrative and, with her use of strong lights and darks, graphic at the same time.

[caption id="attachment_1416" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sweet corn wedding 1976 by Mary Newcomb[/caption]

I was lucky enough to see a large collection of her paintings in real life at a retrospective a couple of years ago at Norwich Castle where her daughter Tessa gave a talk about some of the work. Tessa is also an accomplished artist whose style is not dissimilar to her mother's in subject matter, but from what little I have seen they are more illustrative and detailed. I love some of the deceptive naivety of Mary's work mixed with the dreamlike; some images remind me of the work of Odilon Redon. They have a gauzy transparency - a fleeting glimpse of something beneath a veils of colour.

[caption id="attachment_1417" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The girl with the dalmation 1988[/caption]

Mary has a knack of distilling subject matter to its essence. There is humour in her work, you see quirkyness and fun in her paintings. Look at the pattern like white flowers here on a slab of hedge busy with bees and it's impossible to tell what the tiny man in green is up to on the road as another approaches over the hill... but I would bet that this is what Mary sketched from life.

[caption id="attachment_1418" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Half men, bees and bell flowers 1975[/caption]

This is part of her appeal for me; I think she simply painted what she saw but allowed herself to play around with composition, texture and colour and importantly scale.

[caption id="attachment_1419" align="aligncenter" width="640"] A Hedge in November- Spindle_Sloe_Oldman's Beard- Blackthorn- Blackberry (with trailing Goosegrass) 1984[/caption]

I never use black in any painting I do but the way Mary uses it is beautiful to me.

Another inspiring thing about her is that she was self taught and not 'discovered' until she was in her early fifties. Mary lived in Suffolk and Norfolk so the images in the book resonate with me as I lived in the Suffolk countryside as a child. On my way home to Norfolk from a trip to Lincolnshire I saw this view and painted it a week later from memory which was a joy:

[caption id="attachment_1420" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Journey home via Melton Constable 2010 © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

I return to the book I have every now and then and each time I see something new. Seeing Mary's work in real life shortly after she died moved me to tears, it's very special and when I look at her paintings it spurs me on to look around me and paint.

Which artist/s inspires you? I'd love to know..


Sunday, 7 October 2012

Get ready to sparkle . . . with #BYWbootcamp

Hoping to bring some sparkle, fun and even more coherence (oh yes) ) to my blogging skills I've joined the latest blogging course run by Holly Becker  of Decor8 fame.

[caption id="attachment_1409" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

The course officially starts tomorrow but there might be a few spaces left...

[caption id="attachment_1410" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

Just click on the course badge in the margin to find out all about it. Get ready to sparkle... see you in class!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Transformation . . . a quick but effective one

My lovely comfy chair has needed a transformation for a long time. I'd taped material over it when I realised that I'd be unable to re-upholster it without a taking it apart and possibly using a staple gun. Finally I took action and it went from this:

to this

once I'd taken the back and seat apart and tried some experimental stapling onto plastic and used masking tape where the staples just would not penetrate!

My assistant enjoyed a spin.

[caption id="attachment_1403" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Who am I? Inspired by @smartcreativew

This post "Who am I?" is prompted by watching a video by Monica Lee of Smartcreativewomen. As I mentioned to her in the comments it made me laugh out loud because it was as though she was speaking to me. I imagine I was not alone!

As some of you who follow me on Twitter know I have two accounts Moobaacluck and Inkpaintpaper. This is one of my introspective get it all out there posts. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

[caption id="attachment_1392" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

I view Moobaacluck as one aspect of what I'm capable of. I am very fond of what I have created since late 2008 and some special people like it to ;)!  While I work very hard on commissions over the next few months I'll be thinking about what I want to do more of. Which is reflected in what I get up to or talk about @inkpaintpaper

What is it?! and how I can earn a living from it in combination with  Moobaacluck? Currently this earns only just enough to survive with judicious use of a credit card from Feb - August. It's fabulous in the run up to Christmas, but exhausting (I seem to earn almost half my annual income Oct-Jan) . So there has to be a solution.

A few months ago I designed some cards that feature my hand writing and some others based on drawings and pattern. I love them. For some reason I haven't managed to get them on line to sell... I've made moves in the right direction setting up my Etsy shop where they will appear soon. I have a new camera and I'm ready to shoot. Once I've tidied up a bit ;)

[caption id="attachment_1388" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

My highest value is Freedom. Sometimes when I can't join friends or even take two consecutive days off because of commissions  I think I went a little wrong somewhere!! Then again, when I can simply walk across the garden to work, be at home when the children are and never have to get on public transport (unless for a fun trip out) I know I have lifestyle I want. Earning more than the minimum wage would be good though. I have a very, very strong work ethic and am driven to 'do' but the hardest thing for me is stepping back to take time to plan for the future.

[caption id="attachment_1393" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham - one of my old 'Contact' pages from the late 1990's[/caption]

Before I started Moobaacluck I was an illustrator. Most of what I painted were greeting cards, some gift wrap designs and latterly children's books. I started out with editorial illustration - a handful of  decorative water colour style acrylic, food and floral images. Next came the soft semi realistic romantic fiction for weekly magazines. My highest paid job for a single day was painting a still life of oranges on lace, in a studio, in water-colour, in front of a camera and having my hand and work photographed throughout for a "How to Paint Watercolour"  by Dorling Kindersley. I was fresh out of art college and I earned in a day what I earn in an average month with Moobaacluck over 20 years later.

[caption id="attachment_1391" align="aligncenter" width="640"] An oil sketch/ painting I did in 1993 in my bedsit - still one of my favourite pieces. Bit of a faded pic! ©Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

I've had a solo exhibition of paintings in this gallery and sold several paintings through it:

(weird face but you can't have everything, eh))....I designed a map for it the gallery too, (see below) but I stopped there because I couldn't run Moobaacluck and paint regularly. I've done Open Studios once... so far. I almost set up a website called 'Help-a-creative' which was a great idea (not just in my opinion) that I still think about, but to keep Moobaacluck and generate some income, I finally realised that I had neither the time to get it going myself, nor money to pay someone else to get it going.  I spent a month  designing the site and illustrating for it but the legalities and infrastructure were beyond me.

[caption id="attachment_1389" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

I've got a lot in me.

People want and need you to be one thing don't they?

Is that your experience? How do you deal with streamlining what you do and becoming single-minded? Or do you?

Should I just relax..!? Can you see something glaringly obvious that I can't?

Trouble is this line of work - hand painting -  eats hours, so it is one case where "not having enough time" to do it all is a genuine problem. Still I think there may be ways to carve things up. Ever the optimist deep down. You've got one life, it's so important to find what gives you most joy don't you think?

I will "enjoy the meantime " Monica, exploring, having fun and discovering what really floats my boat! Starting a Holly Becker's Blogging Your Way boot camp tomorrow so more changes are afoot!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

I've been awarded 'One Lovely Blog'

Thank you to Ana from Amofolate who awarded me with this honour!

When we get this Award, we are also under certain obligations:
Thank the person who nominated us, link back to his/her blog and put the award logo on our blog.

Done - thank you. I know it has taken me a while but I've had a death in the family and health issues - I know you'll understand.

Share 7 things about ourselves:

The first album I ever bought was Abba 'Voulez-vous' the last one... oh a long time ago..Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

I grew up watching double bill black and white movies  on Saturday afternoon s when there were only 3 channels on tv. 

I loved reading Georgette Heyer romances between the ages of 14 - 17. Not convinced this was a good idea.

I broke my leg the first time I went skiing and never recaptured the love of it.

I adore food..apart from  melon, and I suspect I wouldn't fancy sheep's eyes....

I watched the northern lights dance in the sky from above the arctic circle, on holiday in the Lofoten islands.

Nominate up to 15 other blogs for this honour and notify them.

I nominate:

Eleven interesting and varied blogs :)

Now I have to let them all know! I know that at this time of year many of these bloggers will be working really hard so I will completely understand if they are unable or don't want to 'fulfill the obligations'  Sometimes these things smack of  chain letters which I am not keen on....

Happy weeks to all.

I am currently in bed recovering from an operation but hope to be up and back to it soon. X

The Washing - view across my garden into the next door's

Copyright Gabriella Buckingham - the view next door a few summers ago. Sold