COMMUNITY LIVING ARTISTS OF OAKVILLE
Whether illustrating a story or making a picture quilt, the result is always the same. A direct response to the challenge, personal and impactful. Working together on a project invites invention and laughter.
Art relaxes me, makes me happy. It inspires and takes me to my own world full of colour.
THE INSPIRATION & THE ART
In the midst of battle during WW1, my father would pick a flower for the day.
During this pandemic, we can pick a colour for the day.
Make Covid puddles with your special colour.
Splatter a virus over the puddles by flicking paint from a tooth brush.
Eye-dropper spots of ink here and there.
Blow an inky black spider’s web of fear and disease over it.
Then have a cup of tea.
Centuries ago the Chinese invented the Zodiac,
giving years to specific animals,
along with messages as to their meaning.
The twelve animals are:
dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,
snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster.
Find your Zodiac sign using the year you were born.
Find out who you are!
“I am not an artist. I cannot draw a straight line.”
This is the most ridiculous statement.
The answer is, “Use a ruler.”
The Straight Line Challenge.
Draw three sets of straight lines;
Foreground with the thickest Sharpie,
Middle ground with a medium Sharpie,
Background with the thinnest Sharpie.
Think near and far, think aerial perspective.
Draw a surprise on top of each line.
Now you are an artist!
Doodling can become a diverse and addictive pastime. All you need is paper and a pen.
Hold the pen vertically.
Focus on drawing a long continuous line.
Walk a dog all over the paper.
Come back to where you started.
Go on a critter hunt.
Find and draw eyes, add the odd foot, ears or even a tail. Play with colour, think shading.
The background is important.
Connect it to what is happening to you now.
Give it a title!
We are surrounded by blue:
Madonna blue, ice blue, inky blue, navy blue, sky blue.
Blue paint: Ultramarine, Cerulean, Prussian, Indigo.
Some blues are warm, some cool; others can be fierce.
Blue your plate. Let it dry.
Paper: Gesture draw with ink and a stick to make a line.
Sprinkle salt on the plate for texture.
Print. Melt crayon on baking parchment on a warm stove.
Hold melted wax flakes.
Place bits on your print, and melt again.
Watercolour printmaking is a technique for all ages and stages.
To access your Artist Within you will need:
sanded plastic plate, watercolours, and a printing press.
Cover the plate with a thin layer of Gum Arabic or detergent.
Puddle or draw colour on the plate.
Let it dry.
Paper: Gesture draw with a stick and black ink or a Sharpie.
Colour with resist pigments: coloured pencils, wax crayons, oil pastels.
Wet and blot the paper.
Place embossing materials on the plate.
It is a masterpiece!
But if not,
Take it to the Fix-It Garage.
If that does not work,
try Desperate Measures.