Lilith Rose has now launched the first drawing of one of her new characters. Rowena, Ruler of Ravens. She is a strong an independent woman and appears to all the but the magical, to lead a normal life in the ‘muggle’ world. However, she has special powers and her role is to inspire and support those with magical inclinations. She is a salacious and sensual female and an empowering role model for women.
Today’s Vettriano from my faves collection!
We all get into our own comfort zones don’t we? However, comfort and familiarity are not places where growth occurs. If you want to grow, learn and get better as an artist, you need to be bold and try something new. My work is normally very detailed and precise in nature. This takes time to create a painting in this way. I also rarely paint nudes.
So, I thought I would challenge myself this Sunday and try painting a nude, in watercolour (not oil) and importantly…in 12 minutes and not 12 hours!
What do you think? It turned out alright really and I might list it on Artfinder and see what happens. Be bold, be brief…be gone!
A week passed rather fast. I found my old art journal in a storage box recently and one can see things changing, not just time, but skills and interests. You remember what you were like as a person when you entered that material in that journal.
This journal is from 1997. From the images below, I was always interested in anatomy and structure of the human body.
Ii is for this reason that I thought I would share my thoughts on why one should keep an art journal. These books allow you to prepare small sketches of ideas for paintings. They are small enough to be portable so you can capture ideas on the run, but you can also keep small clippings from magazines etc that inspire you. Most of all, they keep a record of you are an artist…how you grow and develop and how your interests change and how your skills improve over the years.
I have been playing around with a new idea…I have quite enjoyed doing some pen and wash drawings of PVC and fishnet garments and thought that they might look good in a glossy frame with a glossy mount. This one is a home made effort and just put together for a test. What do you think?
The Moral Reason: The human body, when totally naked, is a remarkable design. When clothes are removed, barriers between people come down. Clothing makes a number of statements about who you are, where you have come from, your social class, your values even. It is entirely a human construct. Without clothes, we struggle to make any judgements at all about people. We all become equal.
The Aesthetic Reason: Another reason I paint, is because I enjoy the structures of muscles and bones and how they look when at peak fitness altogether in a body. The balance and poise of a dancer, the tight abdominals of an athlete.
The Desire Reason: I paint that particular body because I desire to have it myself (or look like I have it) or to touch it. So, in a somewhat goddess-like ambition, I create what I want so I can have it.
I love their papers for watercolour and I use their canvas to make gallery quality prints.