Thursday, 18 October 2018
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
'The Visitor' by Antje Damm, published by Gecko press in August, uses diorama illustrations that add to the sense of loneliness, with the flat drawing of the character placed in a miniature three dimensional world.
Antje also uses colour to show the transition from terrible loneliness to joy as we progress through the story.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Dutch painter Tejo Verstappen graduated in 1989 from Academy of Arts in Maastricht and then concentrated on performing arts as an actor and singer. These paintings are all created digitally and have a lovely gentleness as well as a naturalistic sense of peace and space.
Monday, 15 October 2018
It has been a while since I used butternut squash as an art project for Halloween but I think I may be doing so again soon with 4 children's workshops at the end of the month. I like the way you can decorate them and then eat them, edible and healthy art! These creations are from the kitchen of illustrator Yuval Zommer and I think they are fab, funny and beautiful.
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Look at the state of the seabed when the ark sinks, I think we are all on that mean Noah's ark now and need to rethink our values.
Friday, 12 October 2018
I have been doing 'Inktober' under my daughters orders. I found some printer refill cartridges in the rubbish, so I have been trying to recycle these.
So far I have just been using the pure colour, though today I played with wet on wet and dripping as well as using some bleach for highlights. They mix well and water down as well as responding to bleach so they are fulfilling my requirements perfectly.
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
I am looking forward to seeing this wonderful book which is published today. 'Ode to an Onion' is a picture book about one of my favourite poets Pablo Neruda (1904–1973) and his inspiration Matilde Urrutia (1912–1985). It is written by Alexandria Giardino who was inspired to create a picture book after translating; 'My Life with Pablo Neruda', which was written by the poet's wife, Matilde Urrutia. The book has wonderful illustrations by Felicita Sala and is a celebration of love and creative inspiration.
Ode To The Onion by Pablo Neruda
your beauty formed
petal by petal,
crystal scales expanded you
and in the secrecy of the dark earth
your belly grew round with dew.
Under the earth
and when your clumsy
green stem appeared,
and your leaves were born
in the garden,
the earth heaped up her power
showing your naked transparency,
and as the remote sea
in lifting the breasts of Aphrodite
duplicating the magnolia,
so did the earth
clear as a planet
round rose of water,
of the poor.
You make us cry without hurting us.
I have praised everything that exists,
but to me, onion, you are
more beautiful than a bird
of dazzling feathers,
heavenly globe, platinum goblet,
of the snowy anemone
and the fragrance of the earth lives
in your crystalline nature.