Hallowe’en, pumpkins or costumes were not past themes for Becky’s Square Challenges but Circles, Perspective, and Words with Light were. Here are some of my favourite Jack O’Lanterns and costumes from the past.
I’ve always enjoyed sharing my art on this blog but several weeks ago I had a very upsetting and unfortunate experience with an internet troll. For a few posts I was getting long and horrible comments from an unknown person. I was told that my work was crap, that I shouldn’t call myself an artist and that I should give up on art. I blocked this person but they came back under a different name and started to insult my husband’s art as well. In both cases I blocked the comment and reported it as spam but the damage to my ego was profound.
Many friends told me to let it go and I did continue to make art. For awhile I only posted on group sites on Facebook and on Instagram. One of the first pieces that I posted after the negative comments was a very simple mediative exercise where I was instructed to make small circles all over my paper with watercolour. When I was done I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the outcome so I started to add details with black ink.
After posting it on the art group page that I belonged to I was shocked by the positive comments and the number of likes. The last time I looked on the page I had 714 likes and 60 positive comments. This was certainly a boost to my ego and inspired me to continue making art.
Here is the piece that brought me back from the doldrums.
Today I travelled to Hamilton to spend a few hours with my granddaughter and her mom and dad. I packed up a box of circles from my collection, some stamps, Washi tape, a glue stick and clear ‘cow’ tape. I also brought along a small book with blank sheets inside so that Winnie could have her own sketch book.
We sat together at the kitchen island and I opened my sketch book and we worked side by side so that I could demonstrate how to make a simple collage using bits of paper and tape. She need a bit of help with cutting the tape and using the letter stamps was a bit of a challenge but she got right into it and she added some detail to my example as well.
I’m glad I waited before I declared my abstract piece finished. I added more grey to to top of the painting and I added more colour throughout. I was thinking of adding a third layer of highlight markers but instead I took my Micron pen and added more line and dot detail. I’m now happy to say that it’s complete.
As I was looking for something to sketch I picked up the remote control and decided that it had some interesting possibilities. When I finished it I considered drawing the other remote control next to it since there was room but instead I decided to play with some more of the circles that I had cut out last week. I added text and a little bit of line work to add more interest.
Well after cutting out all those circles earlier in the week, it turns out that I didn’t need them for Carla’s assignment on Friday. So I took some of them and layered them on top of each other and then randomly glued some of them into my sketch book. Then the fun began as I added marks and colour to create imaginary flowers.
Earlier this week Carla prompted us to be meditative by cutting up paper. She cut her’s into circles so I decided to follow her lead. On Friday (later today) Carla will post a new lesson and I have a feeling it will involve the paper we cut up this week. If I’m wrong I’ll come up with some way of using up all this paper.
Since this is a process towards creating more art I’m calling this day 65 of the 365 Days of Art Challenge.
Only one more day of March Squares. I’ve loved this challenge and don’t know what I’ll do in April. Maybe more art projects? Every day when I wake up I’m greeted with this lovely piece of art that was made by one of my grade three students and gifted to me on my retirement. Thank you Alex.