This week, the theme at Sunday Postcard Art is 'Whimsical'. Ok I confess, when it comes to my own work I like my whimsy in small doses. However, there are many artists I admire who can manage to do a brilliant job with whimsy galore - I salute them!
This week, the theme at Sunday Postcard Art is Poetry. As luck would have it, my maternal grandmother, Lyllian D. Cole was a poet. I have chosen to use one of her haikus for my card this week.
In case you can't read my handwriting, the text reads:
hugs colde stone wall, weeps racemes...
I really enjoyed looking through my grandma's poems for this challenge. She wrote mostly 'slice of life' poetry, some funny, some very serious on themes as broad as nature, hunting, farm life and famine. She was published in many amateur poetry publications and enjoyed seeing her work in print and winning cash prizes once in awhile.
This week, Sunday Postcard Art has given us an Asian theme to work with. Since January 28 marked the start of the Lunar New Year, I decided to make my card in honour of Chinese New Year. Although my card includes a postage stamp from the Year of the Horse, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.
I just realized the only thing I've posted this January is Sunday Postcard Art entries - that is not all I've been up to! A recap of January... I've worked on some canvases such as this one - trying to use some of the ideas from my ICAD work this year on a larger format.
I've done some journal work.
And more journal work...
And I've joined an online class called Wanderlust 2017. You can find all of the details Here
It's an all-year class, with one class uploaded every week. There are lots of different teachers, and so far I've been very impressed with the class set up and the art work demonstrated. The first class was all about creating a 'statement' about what you hope to achieve in 2017. Here is the page I made, loosely based on the instructor's video. The other great thing about this class is they definitely are not encouraging a step by step process where you learn to make 'this' or 'that' work - it's all technique based, and they constantly encourage the students to apply the techniques to their own style.
The next page is not from a 'class' per se, but an 'activity' within the course. The challenge was to create a page from the prompt 'I am ready for...". And oh boy, I'm ready for some hope, peace and love for the world.
This is a scheduled post from January 28 - I'm too busy during the week to be posting anything, but I'll be grabbing a minute here and five there to create something that I'll share in February.
This week, the theme at Sunday Postcard Art is 'Sepia', that beautiful brownish old time photo tint, originally made from the ink of the cuttlefish. I didn't have any sepia images at hand, and my walnut ink is packed up somewhere in my 'move', so I found a black and white image in a magazine and gave it a glaze with burnt umber acrylic, which gave me the look I was hoping for. In addition, I found som other patterns in a related colour scheme from a different magazine ad, along with the word. And I love sepia and red, so I added some accents with red acrylics paint and red washi tape. All in all, I was pleased with my improvised sepia card.
Don't forget to visit Sunday Postcard Art to see the other sepia cards, and maybe make something sepia yourself!