-- 21 November, 2006 --

ala Kandinsky

ala Kandinsky
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.

You know when you get so tied that sometimes you think that you are imagining what is going on in the world around you? Well, that is how I feel about this drawing.

I have been doing marking for our public examinations until 9:00 at night following a full day of teaching and have been at it for the last two weeks, including all day Saturday. I am more or less in zombie state now. Last night was the first time I have been to art class in two week. It was such a relief to just sit and draw for two hours instead of trying to work out the writing of some over anxious 17 year old and finally finding that the kid was really hiding a lack of knowledge of the subject behind the poor penmanship.

Anyway, I am sure that I used a black and white photocopy of a plate from a book of Kandinsky's work as a starting point for this drawing but, try as I might, I cannot find a copy of it out there in cyberspace. Did I just dream Kandinsky? Did I really do this drawing? Do I really exist? Ahhh! Now there is a question!

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-- 13 September, 2006 --

Peace ATCs

Peace ATC 1 Peace ATC 2 Peace ATC 3

'What do you think the future will bring? Any sort of future - tomorrow, 2070, your future!' This set of cards is my response to this Swap-bot challenge.

Space ships, Tardis, robot vacuum cleaners ... all a bit predictable so I thought about what I would like to have if I were queen of the world. With all of the lunacy going on in the world these days what I would like in the future would be peace. I would like for all of the meglomaniacs in the world to get a grip and realise that they are not going to make up for a rotten childhood or get even with their parents by killing everyone who isn't the same colour, religion, tribe, political persuasion or shoe size.

For those interested in the technical stuff, I used a clear inkpad and embossing powder of various colours for the word. All of the drawings were done using watercolour pencil which was then blended using a water brush. They are off in the mail tomorrow to their new owner in the US (only a day or so late in setting off on their journey).

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-- 21 July, 2006 --

EDM Challenge 76 - Fresh Flowers

EDM Challenge 76 - Fresh Flowers
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
When I arrived home from work this afternoon there was a BIG box waiting for me. I couldn't remember what I had ordered so it was like getting a Christmas present. I waited like a good girl until I had finished all of the jobs that needed to be done and then took the box into the kitchen where I had cleared a space on the bench and used the kitchen scissors to slice open the miles of packaging tape that held the box together through the post. Inside, under four air filled plastic padding pillows large enough to be used as small sofa cushions, was a tin of 24 Derwent Inktense pencils and one Fabriano Quadrato Artist's Journal.

Now to the pansies. Our Challenge Mistress said "This week's challenge is to draw or paint some flowers". Clever girl admitted that it would probably be a bit tricky for those of us in the southern hemisphere enjoying the relief of the winter's chill and invited us to do the coral trees or the wattle that she has heard are beginning to blossom. Never one to do the predictable, however, I have chosen to draw a couple of the pansies that our gardener at school had put out especially to make the gardens colourful for the opening of our refurbished Junior School.

Oh, by the way ... I have used my newly arrived toys for this challenge. The pencils ain't half bad. The Fabriano paper is a little on the thin side for a wet medium, though. I think that I will stick to dry the next time I use it.

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-- 22 April, 2006 --

Homage to Giorgio Morandi

Homage to Giorgio Morandi
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
The Inspire Me Thursday challenge for this week is to "Find Art in the Everyday".

Giorgio Morandi was a master at seeing art in everyday things. He lined up bottle, boxes and jars up in rows and then painted them in oils, using a rather drab colour palette. Apparently he would then rearrange the bottles, boxes and jars and paint them again.

In my response, I have tried to emulate his technique by lining up some bottles that are everyday things from my kitchen in the same sort of straight line that Morandi used. Since I am not very good with oils, I used watercolour pencils. Morandi always painted his containers as if they were solid rather than transparent. These three bottles are glass but I have followed his example and made them solid too.

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-- 23 March, 2006 --

EDM Challenge #59 - Signs of Spring

At last ... Autumn
At last ... Autumn
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
Watercolour pencil on Moleskine

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