When I heard that Carla Sonheim was bringing Lendon Noe back to do another course I just knew I had to do it. It’s a mixture of collage and abstract and using my personal space as inspiration. The course is called Inspired by Place. Check it out. You can sign up anytime.
The first lesson was a warm up. We had to draw different size squares and rectangles and then create different landscapes using only a horizon line and alternating the foreground, middle ground and background with different shades of black, white and grey tones. The grey tones come out in the papers with the text.
Then we had to take photos or find photos of a place that has special meaning for us. Most of the photos I collected were of the house and the park at the end of the street and of the cottage and the beach. Using one of these photos as inspiration we had to create an abstract landscape using some of the techniques we used above. I chose the view of the city that I see every day when I walk to the park.
In one of my sketchbooks I have some pages of drawing that I’m not particularly fond of and over time I’ve gone back to them and added colour and some line detail. This time I added bits and pieces of printed transparency in a random fashion over one of the one-liner drawings I did of shoes. After I glued all my pieces down I added some line detail using a white paint pen and some fine black markers. Here is the original drawing.
A couple of hours later it was transformed into this:
In the first lesson we were instructed to paste random pictures or pieces of paper on different pages of our sketch book and then go back and add more detail and bits of collage to create a picture. I put aside seven pages and shared six with you before I started on lesson two.
Today I went back to my sketch book and decided to take my last random page and add some of the transparency film pieces that I had cut out for my abstract floral designs. The original piece was the Alice in Wonderland illustration and the spider was the second bit. Today I added the bird like creature in blue and I added a crown of pink hair and a red starburst. I also added a couple of speech bubbles to add a little humour.
I love doing Zentangles so I decided to tie everything together with black lines and patterns. The whole process was very relaxing and ‘zen’ like.
I’m taking a new course through Carla Sonheim called Translating Landscapes. Our instructor is Anita Lehmann and her first lesson is all about mark making, experimenting with different tools and mediums (ink, pastels, charcoal, pencil) and responding to music. She encourages us to be messy, free and loose. It’s a lot of fun.
Here are my studies of lines using a variety of tools and inks and charcoals.
When I turned on the music I also used pressed pastels and walnut ink along with the black ink, charcoal and pencil.
My trip to London allowed me to take in numerous museums and art galleries. One of the things that I saw numerous examples of was abstract art. Here are just a few. Maybe you’ll recognize some of them.
Most of these paintings came from the Tate Modern. The first sculpture was outside the Museum of Modern Design.
I was up till the wee hours of the morning painting these two pieces with acrylic paint. I couldn’t stop until I was done. The only reason I didn’t proceed to stage three was because the paint needed to dry. Just as well; I had to get up early today to go to my volunteer job to bake about 100 loaves of bread.