Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mixed Media Self Portraits

23rd August,

I've not posted a Mixed Media post for a while, but just couldn't go past the vibrant characters that burst out of the upholstery samples last week. Some had a base of acyclic paint whilst others were drawn straight onto the fabric with oil pastels. Artist's had photos of themselves to refer to. What I discovered was that the final pieces seem to hold the qualities of the individual. Intensity of lines, shapes and colours certainly reflected personalities – which to me is very special.

Here are only a few. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Changing seasons

13th August

The theme for the day was going to be 'home', held within a mandala. However out on my morning walk before class I was struck by the change of season that was upon us. Nearly every tree was in blossom, or starting to bud.

So gathering up a bunch of blossom I headed to the House with a slight change in theme, 'changing seasons'. I invited the CK's to represent what the change from winter to spring meant to them. It could of been what they saw, what they felt, something they wanted to do differently this season from last. Over to them...

There is a changing of 'light'.
(Monet would certainly agree)

The world - with land, sky, heat and space.
(A mono print off of the painting was also created – with delight at the effect)

There was blossoms surrounded by the sun. 

And, the coolness of winter on one side with the warmth of spring on the other. 

Stories or poems were then written to go with the paintings. One which remains with me is the story of 'Eddy'.
A little boy who wanted to go outside to play. In winter he was not allowed, but in spring he was. And so that is exactly what Eddy did, he went outside to play.
There was something in this story for me about the 'freshness' of the change of seasons. A shift from snuggling up indoors to venturing outdoors to play – just like Eddy.

A big thank you to Marie for thinking of us with the supply of cardboard (from the back of hospital forms) - they made a great base for our mandalas.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beautiful Gardens

6th August

A big thank you to Chiara for guiding the CK's this week. Some lovely gardens were produced in varying creative forms. Spring looks like it is just around the corner.

Thanks a million Chiara – it was great that you could share your textile skills with the CK's.

For all the adults out there Chiara runs patchwork and other craft activities at the House.
Check out their blog http://quiltersatsussex.blogspot.com/

During the holidays...

30th July

Welcome back to old faces and three new ones. We began the day with drawings of our holidays – as a warm-up.
 All warmed up and hoilday activities were turned into Artist's Books
(a form of artmaking which uses 'a book' as the canvas)
There were stories and images of places visited...
People seen and favourite things – including food and music.
Colourful books were taken home, as a lovely reminder of a few weeks spent!