Posted in Animal Love, creativity, Drawings, Fashion, Red Bubble, Water Colours

Art-ing again

I’ve had a big break from drawing, painting and pretty much anything that equates to visual art. But recently, I’ve needed to feel my pen and pencil glide across the page and see immediate results of my creativity in action.

Writing novels is great fun but it is a long (and sometimes lonely) process. I can’t show it to you, you would have to read every word and immerse yourself in the story to see it, feel it, sense it, experience it. But with art, you can view an image and have an immediate reaction.

My artwork is very much a personal expression tool. I’m not the best of the best at it, but it’s who I am at any given moment in time.

So here’s me through images at this point in my life.

I’m obviously animal obsessed. Maybe that’s because animals accept me for who I am and don’t require much from me? Maybe it’s because (for me) animals are safe for me on an emotional level. I don’t know exactly, but I feel drawn to them in my artistic expression.

Last weekend, all I did was draw and play with watercolour paints and some new alcohol based ink markers. I watched a few art classes on Skillshare.com and picked up some tips but mostly, I felt inspired to create visually again.

There’s nothing worse than looking at a blank page and wondering… “What am I going to draw, paint, sketch?”

Some of the above images have been put through Gimp and cut out and put on t-shirts at RedBubble under ShaplandArt. I’m not the best with digital image manipulation and always have to go to Google to figure out the next step. It takes ages but I eventually end up with something on a t-shirt that I’m pretty happy with.

I guess I can only improve.

T-Shirt from RedBubble.com - ShaplandArt
Kitty Cat Stretch https://www.redbubble.com/people/ShaplandArt?asc=u

 

Romance Love Rabbit T-Shirt by ShaplandArt
Romance Love Rabbit T-Shirt by ShaplandArt https://www.redbubble.com/people/ShaplandArt?asc=u
Posted in Business, Drawing, Drawings, Fashion, Red Bubble

Red Bubble and me

I am super excited to share that I have just opened up a Red Bubble shop. My artwork will be appearing on t-shirts, skirts, cushions, cups, journals, iPad covers, phone cases and all sorts of other useful items.

It has been a dream of mine to see my artwork out in the world and (hopefully) in the hands of people who appreciate it.

I am stoked to share this news with you!

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Having an outlet to share my artwork in such a new way is very inspiring to me.

At present, I’ve only uploaded two pieces of my art but the awesome thing is … taking this action will encourage me to get back to my creative artwork. I’ve had a break for close to two years. It has been too long.

I love creative writing and I work on my stories every day but to see my artwork on t-shirts … well, I hope you can tell how exciting this is just by what I’ve written.

I’ve opened my Red Bubble shop under ShaplandArt because a long time ago when this blog was going through a previous incarnation, it was called ‘Selina’s World’ and I had ShaplandArt as my art brand name.

Anyway, here’s to creativity and sharing how it manifests in each of our lives.

Thanks so much for reading and for checking out my shop … if you’re interested, of course. And there are heaps of excellent artists on Red Bubble. Something for pretty much everyone.

Happy creativity – no matter the form is manifests in the world.

 

Posted in Abstract, Drawings

More on my love of line

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.

Twisting into the self ink drawing on acid free paper
Twisting into the self
Created: January 2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

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 Created: 2013 Artists: Selina Shapland
Intricate Mandala
Created: 2013
Artists: Selina Shapland

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 ink drawing on acid free paper
Simple Mandala
Created: February 2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

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.

S