Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Art class today, this is a section of me learning that it's very difficult to do skin tones on black paper!
Monday, 28 April 2008
It's monday, gorgeously sunny and the two babes I have with me today are currently sleeping.
Ahhh peace at last.
I still need to draw Stevie baby's teeth but have to wait for another pic for that.
Ok trying the keyboard on my lap! brilliant so now I have my feet up as well...what more could i WANT?
Today is day three of a ten day raw food break,mostly just to see how I actually feel and what I'd really like to eat after a break from all the cakes/sugar/biscuits/junk I've been eating since...at least Christmas.
I feel so much better already, more relaxed and definitely simplified. It's easier to listen to my body as well...though not so easy to go to my sister's first barbecue on Saturday, or even have best friends round for one of Marks gorgeous roastie meals yesterday! It smelt lovely.
Bumped into the lady that runs the drop-in art class today, so I think my next adventure is figure work.
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Friday, 25 April 2008
Time seems very strange to me at the moment. Every day is busy, and passing....noisy and messy and running around after house and children. Seeing the sunshine. All very slightly detached though and timeless. Maybe I'm tired.
Getting a little more time on the internet now, have had to bring back a link list (on the blogspot blog).The tag roll from del.icio.us is pretty but not very practical for everyday access.
There is so much to see out there, beautiful art and people...there is so much colour and movement in this world. It is truly beautiful. Terrible, and wonderful and beautiful.
Ok off to enjoy all that in a slightly detached timeless way. Big kisses to you. Yes you.
One of my mum's pic's.
See, told you it was beautiful!
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Our lives have been somewhat hi-jacked by portrait drawing...I'm missing spending time browsing blogs! And writing in my own!
I also use the computer a fair bit during the portrait process, scanning the work in to compare side by side with the original, and even though this time I have an actual photo to work from, I still find that very helpful...Unfortunately the rest of the family are barely getting a computer look-in.
Above is an A4 section of Stevie baby's old school picture portrait...still a way to go, but hopefully not too much longer, it must be around eight hours work so far...if I plan to continue I hope to get a bit quicker!...or a lot better. This is the first time I've had a go with blending with rolled up paper (can't remember what that's called!) and it definitely helps stop younger skin looking full of wrinkly pencil lines.
This blog is looking a bit portrait-tastic though...I promise you and myself to get some alternate life back!
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
So here's the piece I'm working on...current photo, scan and original image... and below are three of the scans I've taken as the picture is being done...It's driving me nuts by the way...taking forever and I'm still short on faith that Z will look like Z!
I had the absolute delight of seeing Sia at the Komedia for my Birthday treat! I loved the huge neon flowers!...I'm waiting for a photo of the UV mask outfits worn to perform buttons as the opening number. Sia kept everything feeling friendly and intimate, and the whole performance was gorgeous...her voice is amazing, to have the audience standing in silence for all the right reasons is amazing...(She made us dance too)
And this is just a quick picture of the snow we had last Sunday!
Art pics next....
Monday, 7 April 2008
Watching this today has been a wonderful release.
Every now and then I hear a clear description, by another human being of these perspectives. Sometimes they are described as moments of enlightenment, sometimes as breakdowns, sometimes as accessible by drug, meditation or trance...hearing other people describe these things makes me feel saner, connected and almost unspeakably grateful for life.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Z's dad was here today and made a comment about me only just discovering I could do this, that something had opened or tuned in the right channel in me, and that felt so true it stunned me a bit to hear it.
The pictures are here on my wall and every time I look at them I'm surprised...can't quite believe that I did them...I'm craving all day to get back to drawing! It's all quite new and strange.
Need a bigger scanner though!...and I'd like a pencil roll...so I'm going to try and make one, I think.
Our little one, who is sleeping like this at the moment, sprained his wrist today...little bandages are really sad and really sweet.
Saturday, 5 April 2008
I'm stopping by to say Hi and show you what I've been doing instead of getting to the computer for the last few days! I'm amazed at what can be acheived with a few pencils and A LOT of patience.
The picture above is a section of a work in progress, and the one below a section of a finished one, and I'm going to do a third of the same little girl. You can click and enlarge them if you view them on my blogspot: http://sisterjulia.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
It's a week since I've written.
Not entirely true, it's a week since I posted anything I wrote!
I feel like a changing sea at the moment...no thread to follow, other than the desire to draw, just waves, tides and winds of change.
I'm walking every day, even if it's only for five minutes...I think it gives me a more linear sense of movement at least briefly.
That's it...I don't feel as though I'm making progress...just as though I'm treading water, feeling the immense weight of the sea pushing me about. Though, in a quiet, lulling and supportive way.
So in fact, even if I'm not swimming in a direction and I can't see any shore to orient myself, I'm still travelling, still have a sense that I'm going to gradually find myself somewhere else, only at the discretion of the sea.
I trust the sea.