Posted in Acrylics, Water Colour, Water Colours

An Impression of Spock and the creative life

Created: 23/5/2015 Watercolour and acrylic on pastel paper. Artist: Selina Shapland
Created: 23/5/2015
Watercolour and acrylic on pastel paper.
Artist: Selina Shapland

It’s been a while since I have updated Selina’s World.  I’ve doing a lot of creative writing and articles too.  My days have been about creating images in my mind that I can translate through the written word into my reader’s mind.

This last weekend I finally had the creative bug to paint and so that is how “An impression of Spock” came into the world.  I sat on the couch and allowed myself to fall into colour, light and shadow.  I allowed the right side of my brain an opportunity to speak to me in symbolic language.  I needed that more than I can say.

You can see my artwork above.  It is completely hand drawn from eye and there are still some things to work on in this artwork, but I am pretty happy with it.  It is watercolour and acrylic on pastel paper.  I had a ball doing this piece of artwork.

I also wrote and published an article on how art has helped my heart to heal.  It is about art therapy, for those who might want to jump across to Self Avenue and check it out.

I hope your days and nights are filled to the brim with creativity.

S x

Posted in Acrylics, Drawing, Mandala

My Inner Child Art Mandala

Inner Child 2012 Created: 17/2/2012 Artist: Selina Shapland
Inner Child 2012
Created: 17/2/2012
Artist: Selina Shapland

In 2012 I created the above mandala on white acid free paper and colour ink pens and some watercolour pencils.  It took hours but I did not notice the time passing as I was totally involved in the intricate detail of what I was creating.

When I was a child, I dreamed of becoming an artist and expressing my creativity.  As I grew up, I somehow began to believe that I could not draw or have my dreams fulfilled.  When I was a teenager I had an experience in art class with some young guys who said I was boring when I gave a speech about a famous artist, whom I had thoroughly enjoyed researching.

It was at that point that I decided I was not an artist and that I should give up.  I did give up art until I was 24 years old.  As I turned 25, I decided that it was time to go back to my childhood dreams and begin to make them come to fruition.  I decided that I could become an artist if that is what my heart truly desired and it did.

So, I went to the library and began to borrow books and videos created by active artists and I applied myself to learn to draw.  I read the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and after a bit of encouragement from my wonderful friends who all pitched in to buy me my first acrylic paints set, I started to put brush to canvass.

As time went by, my dream of becoming a practicing artist grew inside me like a seed that had been planted in fertile soil.  I began to grow in my artistic and creative expression and even though I was not very good, I kept on trying.  I was proud of my art, even the crappy pieces because they were mine and they represented a journey of my personal and emotional creative development.

I’ve been drawing, painting and creating all sorts of fun arty-farty stuff since I was 25 and I have indulged my inner child.

Essentially, I have healed myself and nursed myself through some emotionally traumatic life experiences with the help of my art work.  I can’t not do art. It is who I am now and it is difficult to go too long without access to something that allows me to express my creativity in the world.

The Inner Child art mandala sold for $70 AUD at the Heart Art 2012 Silent Charity Auction and that money was donated to kids in need.  I am proud to that this piece of work went to someone who appreciates my work and I am grateful that I was chosen to exhibit in the show back then.  I’m not sure if the charity runs the show anymore but it was a great experience for me, especially as so many of my friends came along and supported me and the cause to.

I am a very fortunate woman and artist.

So, if you have creativity sitting inside your heart and soul, don’t hide it from the world, let it out to see the sun and the moon.  Give yourself permission to paint, draw, write, knit, sew, crochet or do whatever it is that your inner voice says is creatively right for you.

And don’t judge your work.  Allow yourself to learn with out your inner critic taking a hack and slash at attack at you.  That is for much later in the creative journey and art development.  Do not allow yourself to fall prey to the left brain’s need to categorise what you draw or create.  Just allow and you might be surprised to see the beauty that flows from your soul into the world.

What you do is needed and will be valued by people, even if those closest to you do not have the eyes to see and appreciate the precious creative gift you have given to the world.

Posted in Abstract, Acrylics, Drawings, Oils, Water Colours

A little trip down 2004 Visual Diary Memory Lane

Where to start?

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…

Ink and mixed media inspired work from Man Ray's Photography
This was created in my visual diary, 22/8/2004.
Inspired by Man Ray’s Photograph entitled ‘Tomorrow’

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.

Ideas for paintings in my visual diary  Created: 22/2/2004
Ideas for paintings in my visual diary
Created: 22/2/2004

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.

Eyes sketched in my visual diary as I formed ideas for further artworks.  Created: July 2004
Eyes sketched in my visual diary as I formed ideas for further artworks.
Created: July 2004

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…

Mixed media exploration of culture and beliefs in my visual diary. Created: 4/6/2004
Mixed media exploration of culture and beliefs in my visual diary.
Created: 4/6/2004

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.

Fascinating stuff.

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.

Posted in Acrylics, Drawing, Oils

Today, I celebrate the female form through art

Woman in Transition
Created: 2005- 2006
Artist: Selina Shapland

I felt inspired to share some of my artworks of the female figure with you.  Some of them are modelled after my own somewhat curvy lines and others from life models.  This above painting was created between 2005 and 2006 in acrylic paints.  I had a fantastic time painting this piece and I called it ‘Woman in transition’ as it really was a transitional time in my life.

Woman in transition is a self-portrait where I stood in front of the mirror naked and painted my reflection on the canvas.  I used my emotions to express colours on the body.

Red Burlesque cropped image of acrylic painting
Created: 17/9/2011
Artist: Selina Shapland

This is a cropped image of my acrylic painting called Red Burlesque inspired by the Burlesque movie and how amazingly cool it is that women have curvy bits and can wear such sexy clothes to celebrate their womanhood.

Life drawing observation ink and charcoal artwork
Created: 2004
Artist: Selina Shapland

This life drawing was completed during the short period of time that I attended art school in Melbourne.  This woman was beautiful in her pose and she stayed there for a long time as we all took our time to draw her form on the gessoed brown paper.  I do love this piece more than nearly any of the artworks I did when I was attending art school.  This piece is a mixture of charcoal and black ink and I am happy to say that I still have it stashed away in my art cupboard.

Oil Painting
Created: 2008
Artist: Selina Shapland

Lastly, the above image was a painting I did from a black and white photo where I painted the shadows more than the form as such.  I used skin tone but I ended up not liking this painting at the time and trashed it.  However, looking back, I am still happy that it does represent the female form in a positive way.

I don’t know why, but today, I felt inspired to share the beauty of the female figure with you.