No art today

Plenty going on though – I know some of these are blurry, but the animals aren’t inclined to cooperate with the camera!

Signatures for a swap

I’ve just finished my entries for the International Signature Swap 2013 organised by Erika Husselmann. It was such fun last year that I couldn’t resist doing it again. The rules have changed a bit from previous years, you can find all the details on the Art Swappers website. I’ve used Hahnemuhle 140gsm drawing paper, and started by adding a few layers of Golden acrylics with by Gelli Plate. Once that was dry and I had spent some time looking at them, I worked back into them with more paint, and Derwent Art Bars. I love the idea of the Art Bars but, in practice, I find I remove what I’ve done more times that I leave it on. I really to prefer adding extra marks with paint or pen. So, here’s what I created last night:

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It’s time to get sorted

I just posted this on my librarian’s blog, and so much of it applies here, that I am going to re-use it, with a few changes. Here goes:

For a while now, months in fact, I have been mucking around and squandering my time. Enough already! I have things I need to get done:

  • complete my signatures for the 2013 International Signature Exchange
  • create new works to send to Italy for Legato in 2014
  • update my work on my own website, Etsy, Redbubble etc
  • create some new, smaller works, to sell within NZ
  • start marketing my artwork again (it’s been a while)
  • And I have a whole bunch of library-related goals too!

So, enough messing round, enough excuses about grieving for Mum, enough napping in front of tv in the evenings – just enough already. Today I am writing a list and getting back on track.


Gelli plate landscapes

I needed to get some art time in, so I shouted myself an online course with Carla Sonheim. I own one of her books and love it, and when I saw that she had a course on landscapes using a Gelli Plate I couldn’t resist. I’m loving the course and will be doing it all over again with a friend in a couple of week’s time. Here’s what I have done today; each piece has been back to the Gelli Plate probably 7 or 8 times. I love the process she teaches, and her calm approach. I may yet work into these a bit more, but need to really look at them first.