It’s been a big artistic week for me. I’ve spent hours creating a new Skillshare course called, ‘Create Intricate Line Drawings’, and I’m super excited that I’ve managed to pull this off.
I’ve had to learn how to create effective time lapse videos, create video content that flows and makes sense, draw and draw and draw, get comfortable doing voice overs and figure out how to edit on iMovie too.
Below is a sneak peek at my course thumbnail and I’ve created a super simple, super short time lapse video to show you a snippet of the content.
Below are three of the intricate line drawings I created as part of my Skillshare course demonstration.
I really do hope people enjoy the class. I’m happy with it. It took days to create the content and now I am utterly exhausted.
Tomorrow, I’m back to travelling on the train to go to my day job. That means it’s time to return to my story, The Living Death of Toddy James. I’ve finally finished the second edit and now I am going through plugging plot holes and polishing it to the best of my ability.
Another step closer to getting my manuscript back to the editor for the next round of creative publication preparation work.
I’ll update you on my next art project in the near future. I’m currently studying portraiture and hope to show you some of my work soon.
In the meantime, happy creating and thanks for dropping by.
I’m in the middle of learning how to set up my camera and record myself doing art so I can create more skillshare courses. I’d like to create one on drawing intricate line drawings. So, today, I set up the camera and played around with recording. Then I put the videos on iMovie and created the little arty video below.
I hope you enjoy it. As always, I am learning and growing as I share more of my creative evolution with you.
I’ll be having a few days off work around Easter, so I hope to put together a skillshare course on art and one on writing too. We’ll see. It takes a lot to develop a course, but I have ideas I’d like to share with my students, so I will keep giving it a go.
I am so grateful for all of the students I have skillshare. The fact that they watch and (hopefully) learn something from my creative experiences is truly touching.
Until next time, happy creating whatever your medium of choice!
Let me take you into my world and my love of line…
Below are images of line inspired ink drawings that I create or rather, they create themselves through me.
If you are a follower of my blog, then you probably already know how much I love line. As I have said in the past, I fell in love with line when I was in Art School, back in Melbourne. I thoroughly enjoy twisting into myself through this medium and creating simple, yet complex pieces of art. Some of these drawings took hours and some only a few minutes to create.
Circles are a feature in my artwork as they symbolise the never ending cycles of life, death and rebirth to me. Life has many phases and I have found that even when we hit an emotional wall or something breaks down in our lives, the symbolic death, always leads to a new rebirth and beginning. Life as we once knew it, will never be the same. That is one of the reasons that I love circles so much and you will see them feature in my artwork over and over.
Intricate Mandala was created some time in 2013 and when I look at it, I am reminded of the Mayan civilisation. I think it may have something to do with the triangles and circles however, I am not sure exactly what gives me this inner feeling about this mandala.
Another person may look at this mandala and see something quite different to me. That is another reason why I love art. People can come to the image and connect with it and their deepest selves through the internal experience they have with the image before them. That’s kind of cool!
Simple Mandala was created from a circle in the centre. I put a mark on the paper and this is what grew from that one tiny action. Life is like that too. We make a decision (or put our mark on an experience) and what falls out of it is something quite profound when we take a moment to really reflect on it. The outpouring of a new set of experiences and consequences from that one moment in time. We make our mark through our actions, our thoughts, our mental state, our emotional state and how we choose to move from one situation or experience to another.
Mandalas have so much to offer the conscious if you give them half a chance to let you get quiet and shine your inner wisdom onto the page.
If you like my art and my thoughts about my art, I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment to comment and share it with those who you know would also enjoy my musings.
Last month, I found myself playing with a new Sharpie which I love love LOVE! Who would have thought that I could get so passionate about an ink pen? But there you have it. I love to draw and express whatever wants to emerge from inside me at the time. The above photo is a progress shot of an abstract drawing that I worked on for a couple of days during January 2014. I like it. I like this one a lot.
This is an image of the finished abstract drawing with purple and blue hue oil pastels rubbed into the acid-free paper. I had so much fun rubbing the oils into the paper and seeing them mingle and create such an awesome effect.
I never plan these kinds of drawings… they are organic and evolutionary. They decide what they want to be when they are on the page. My right brain has a fabulous time creating these images and I am so happy with the way this one has turned out.
After some reflection, I have decided to dedicate this post to the complexity that I felt inside while playing with this drawing and especially to some of the complex personal/professional connections I have in my life.
Life can be filled with twists and turns, ups and downs. Some days, I feel high with happiness (figuratively speaking people – I don’t do drugs), and other days I feel low and lost in a mire of depression. Although, to look at me, you probably wouldn’t see the dark depression that sometimes lurks in the shadows.
It is difficult to express the complex emotions that go through me at various moments in my life. Sometimes I feel like I am truly on track in life, doing what I do best and loving things. Then, wham! Just like that, I am thrown into a darkness that has me wondering if I have anything to offer the world at all!
Is that a bad thing to admit? I don’t think it matters really. I would rather be up front about the way I feel than hide in plain sight.
Today, at work, I felt rather unhappy.
I am going to be honest about how complex things can be for me. There are days, at work, where I interact with various people and have life learning experiences. I believe that every experience has something to offer me and I do what I can to learn from all experiences and better myself. Anyway, I have noticed a pattern, a bit like my complex abstract artwork, and that is that some people seem to have an inability to stop themselves from over explaining, talking too much and dismissing other people’s opinions.
Personally, there are times when I feel that I am not heard or listened to at all.
It bothers me.
I sit and reflect on what is happening and wonder, am I being over-sensitive?
But mostly, I wonder how I can possibly be of any assistance to people around me if they cannot hear what I have to offer?
This disinterest in my value makes me feel resentful, angry and desperate for freedom.
I secretly (or not so secretly now…) wish for something better. Maybe a better job, maybe to run away and join the circus. I only wish I was good with heights and flexible enough to do that kind of job… alas, I fall short of those particular skill strengths.
I hope you do not mind me confiding in you that I want to create better life for myself and to establish more balanced working relationships?
I guess it’s a work in progress, relating to people. Yet, there are times when I find myself unable to make my way across that bridge as I encounter certain people who seem to consider that their opinion, thoughts and assessments of a given situation are always right.
There are days when I wonder if these people only like to hear the sound of their own voice?
Lately, I have noticed that when one of these rather self-absorbed, ‘the world orbits around me,’ people begin talking, I don’t hear them. I hear ‘blah, blah, blah, don’t you think my way is right? Aren’t I good? Don’t you agree with me??? blah etc’ white noise…
It’s very difficult to stay tuned in to people who do this. Especially when they appear to be open to feedback only to somehow misplace that feedback and continue the same self-absorbed destructive behaviour pattern.
Am I the only one who cannot stand ‘white noise?’
I hear them waffle on and on, making superfluous points which are important only to them and their internal agendas.
What can I say… life is complex. People are complex. I am complex. I guess it takes all sorts of people to make up the tapestry of humanity. Some people I like and can listen to for, like ever!
And other people are like listening to the television late at night when is goes ‘schhhhhhhhhhhhhh.’
I have to admit, I’m kind of over trying to look interested in people who do this. Harsh but true.
At least I am honest.
I had better leave my complex complaining there.
I hope you are having a great day/night and getting the best out of life. I am sure that this situation is teaching me something valuable, even if it is not to treat other people the way that I have been treated by the ‘white noise’ brigade.
This blog is dedicated to my love of geometry and playing with line. These images are works in progress. Each piece takes hours to create but I love the process as I get thoroughly lost in what I am doing and things feel… just perfect for me as I explore my love of geometric art.
This is an A3 size drawing that I have been working on in November 2013. I love how the geometric shapes create a world unto themselves that the viewer’s eye can follow around the whole piece. This is a progress photo and I am sure it will create itself into something pretty cool as time goes by.
This is a bit of visual diary play from last week. I haven’t finished it and will continue to work on this piece, mainly because it’s fun and that’s what art should be – FUN!
This drawing in, yet another, visual diary, has been waiting for me to come back to it for over a year now. I cannot say exactly why I have not continued to work on this piece, except that I go through phases of intense artistic creative expression and then I am on to something else, such as reading or creative writing.
I will finish this piece sometime in the near future…
I must admit that, I do love the complexity of this type of art. My right brain must be in heaven when I am deeply involved in this type of creative expression as I do not notice the passage of time. In essence, creating art is like creating and participating in a living expression of moving, yet still meditation. It is deep and profound while I am in the flow of the work and my mind flits from one contemplative thought to another.
I was having a look through some of my recent and much older visual diaries tonight and felt inspired to share some of my works with you. A number of them are still works in progress and these are only progress shots. They are also an indication of the type of themes that interest me as an artist.
So, let’s take a little tour…
When I was in art school back in 2004, I fell in love with Man Ray’s photographic works. I loved the multiple exposures and creative effects he brought to the world through his photography and I wanted to honour that inspiration in my visual diary. The image above was created with black indian ink, lace, ribbon and glue.
This image shows some cropped painting ideas that I put together for an art assignment way back in February 2004. We were asked to take an image and hone in on a part of it and explore painting it. I created the two paintings in my visual diary as a test to figure out if I liked the image enough to go from watercolour, to acrylics and into oils. The truth is, I actually ended up choosing a very different image to crop for this assignment, however, I have always loved these two sketched up paintings. They feature an unconscious African Elephant from a National Geographic magazine that I was drawn to at the time. Inspiration for art can be found in all sorts of places.
This image shows a page from my 2004 visual diary where I spent many hours observing eyes, human and animal. I was and still am fascinated by the depth of expression and emotion that eyes can convey through art. This sketch formed the bases for some other creative artworks that came along. I always meant to fill up each square but never quite got around to finishing it…
This has to be one of my absolute favourite piece of art play from my 2004 visual diary. The reason I love it so much is that it explores the concepts of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory in life through images that I cut from magazines that came in the male.
I have many notes written in my visual diary next to this mixed media art play as we were challenged by our art teacher to explore our concepts of the culture we lived in and the context it has in our lives. As I was cutting this out and gluing it into my visual diary, I was contemplating how people think and wondering things such as: does the level of your bank balance and physically acquired items determine your personal happiness? Or is there more to life than the physical items we surround ourselves with?
I considered a concept that some people can find themselves feeling numb and unable to relate to life unless they are actively shopping and acquiring items… I considered the animals we take for granted and was particularly drawn to the cow hide in the original image. I thought a lot about the concepts… Do our earthly actions affect us in the afterlife? Is there really an afterlife?
To me, I am open to that concept, but not all people are.
Anyways, that’s my trip down my 2004 visual diary memory lane.
More creative art is still yet to appear on this blog. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and feel free to share the arty creativity.
The above two drawings were completed in the last couple of weeks. They are an intuitive expression of where I have been emotionally in that time.
I have felt good about life and there has been more balance in my relationships.
The butterfly is extremely symbolic for me and means a great deal to me. It symbolises opening up and becoming a new me, letting life and love into my world. I am excited to see where these types of drawings will take me.
I’ve been sick this week, which means that I have been in bed either sleeping or resting on the couch. As a nice bonus, I have had some time to draw and look what I discovered on the page!
I love my unicorn.
Believe it or not, this image was inspired by a clasp from a beaded bracelet that I made a week ago. I love black ink pens and this drawing just came to life.
I am not sure if it is truly finished. Maybe there is more, maybe not. That’s the thing that I love about creative expression, I just need to wait and let it come as it is meant to be…
But my creativity didn’t stop there.
I have another drawing to share with you that is below…
I am not sure what to title this one, but I was watching Supernatural as I was doodling around in my A3 diary and this is what came out.
I think it is very symbolic of new life, opportunity and the creative life force that is inside all of us at all times.
I think it shows a protective quality in the thorns as they safe guard the nurturing internal creative process in the middle.
Again… I am not sure if this one is truly finished, but I am sure that will be revealed when the time is right.
I have to say… this was a crap drawing at first and I really did not like it. I was so disappointed in the beginning but then, out of no-where it transformed into what you can now see.
And that is why I love art. It is a process which is very symbolic of my life and the way that I process events inside myself. I let things be messy and messed up. I wonder how I will ever make it through the moment and then somehow things just work out. I love that. I truly do love that.
Today, I want to show you some of my visual diary playful creations. This is where you will begin to see some themes appearing in my artwork.
Back when I lived in Melbourne, I did a general drawing class as part of my art course and found that I had developed an absolute LOVE of lines. This quickly developed into a love of geometric shapes over the years between 2004 and 2013.
This top image seems to be one that a lot of people really like. Personally, I am not sure why? The reason is… to me it is a flop. I turned out okay-ish but it wasn’t what I had wanted to create when I put pen to paper. But I guess that is what happens with art. Sometimes you just make what you make and it is in the eyes of the viewer as to what they think is great.
At the time that I put this up my Shapland Art Facebook Fan Page, I wrote this caption: ‘Life sometimes feels a bit on the blurry side, filled with colour, messages, hopes, dreams and sometimes the road is littered with broken dreams discarded as life experiences come to each of us. In the hardest of times, if one looks just a little closer there is positive opportunity for change, transformation and hope. Sometimes I am trying to put the pieces of my life together and they don’t always fit… but I’m always watching for my own personal silver lining.’
I guess that sums up where I was at when I did this piece.
This image below has never been titled as I wouldn’t know where to begin. All I can remember about the time that I was creating this piece was that I had just come through a relationship break up and finding myself again as a single woman. I quite like the complexity in this piece.
Actually, all of the drawings below were completed around the time that I was re-connecting with myself as a single and empowered woman. It was an intense but deeply healing experience to draw these images. They took days to complete but oh so worth the effort.
Another untitled image – no idea what I was thinking while drawing it. I was just… ‘being’.
And below is one of my fav pieces because of the simplicity in it. I remember staring with a figure 8 and expanding outward. All of my drawings here have morphed out of a single mark on the paper to become what you see now. I rarely sit down to actually design them, they create themselves without my left-brain-ness dictating where things will go. I think that is what I really truly love about lines and geometry — they are whatever they want to become. The possibilities for creation are infinite to me.