8/2015 – eight isn’t enough!

Hello art lovers! Welcome to #paintisaverb 8/2015. I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but one-sixth of 2015 has already rushed by. There are only 44 weeks of #52paintings to go. 

How was your week? 

Were you flat out, with no time for creativity? Or were you able you prioritise some time with the hook, the brushes, charcoal, clay, your musical instrument or other creative outlet? 

I’m still working on making – not finding – time for creative pursuits as well as earning a living. 

It all takes discipline doesn’t it? Even, and perhaps especially, the fun stuff! 

Drumroll please…. here’s the art. 

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Shape Shifters 8/2015 

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 I painted this with someone specific in mind, but now that I look at it again, days later, I see other meanings and potentialities in it. Isn’t that a great thing about art? An artist can mean something very specific as they create, imbuing the canvas with that emotion and mood, but the viewer can see something totally of their own – as they respond to the work. I love that! 

Do you want to tell me what you see? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment. And remember, there’s no right or wrong here!  

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 Here’s to SEEING rather than judging art – and people, and situations and well, everything can benefit from quiet reflection don’t you think? 

Keep creating! 

 

Annette x 

7/2015

Good evening art lovers, 7/2015 of #paintisaverb is now open. May I offer you a glass of something cold? It’s a beautiful summer evening here, I hope your Friday night is looking good.

 

This week my painting took a 90 degree turn, when I took something I was working on and flipped it on its side to see how it looked from a different perspective.

 

 

 

I liked what I saw and decided that this piece should be vertical rather than my go-to horizontal…. could my love of sleeping have anything to do with that proclivity? Hmmm, something to ponder.

As well as painting a few things this week, I made another card, which will be posted this weekend, and took a trip to my spiritual home, IKEA. I adore that flat-pack paradise. I wandered happily and purchased some bright, inexpensive frames for some of my rapidly growing pile of beginner’s level masterpieces and missteps.

Though they’re not the works of a skilled artist, I got a kick out of framing a couple of my watercolours and rearranging things in my living room to find homes for each of them.

Only seven weeks into my first full year of painting, I’m beginning to have a new empathy for mums who are bombarded day after day with kindergarten, daycare or school artworks.

Each one demands fridge or wall space, and high praise, whether it is a sweet bobble-headed family portrait or a disturbing cyclone of black and brown finger-painting.

I’m curating my 46 year-old self’s early artistic adventures, and I like it!

Do you have kids that are prolific artists?

Are you a doodler, a dreamy landscaper or avid watercolourist?

I’d love to hear about your artistic endeavours, or have a gander at favourite pieces via an Instagram snap tagged #paintisaverb.

That’s all from me – I’m back in love with Fridays now that I’m working again. Happy weekend all!

Please feel free to leave a comment here, or you chat with me and other Verbs peeps on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I’m a social media lover, so I’m there a LOT!!

Cheers,

Annette

PS. I might have spent an hour in Typo last night looking at pretty stamps and other crafty things… I might have! You’ll spot the evidence if you have a keen eye.

6/2015 52 Paintings Goes Postal

Hello!

Oh my, where are the days going?  How are we up to 6/2015 of 52 Paintings already? Time flies when you’re having fun I guess.

This week I haven’t spent a lot of time on chilled out painting, I’d forgotten how much working for a living takes up my time! On a brighter note, I have been the recipient of some inspiring and crafty generosity.

In another win for the “kindness of strangers”, Denyse sent me a parcel that was literally bursting at the seams with craft supplies, lovely brushes and paper, even scrummy snacks – such good stuff!! Thanks so much Denyse ❤️

Yesterday I bought myself some snail mail supplies. I’m going to branch out into painting little cards and I think snail mail is a fab way to share my creative experiments with friends near and far. I’ve got stickers, sequins, glue, and a whole bunch of blank cards. Get ready for even more hashtagging as I launch #verbsinthemail.

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Here’s my first card, which will be winging its way to New Zealand very soon.

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I just love experimenting with paint and colour. It’s so much fun!

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Here’s to the weekend folks! I’d forgotten how great it feels to make it to Friday — phew.

Stay crafty!

 

Annette

5/2015 – 52 Paintings

Good morning! 

Perhaps we should call this week’s painting part of the summer sessions, as Melbourne has decided to turn on some warmer weather for a change. 

It’s been a busy week for me, I started a casual role which is hurting my brain, so there’s been less time for painting. 

The lovely Emily from Squiggleandswirl sent me some fab watercolours earlier in the week. I’m looking forward to using them. 

Thanks Emily!

I was experimenting with layering last night, how it changes colours and the way the edges of the wash bleeds is really interesting. Here’s what I came up with. 

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Do you like experimental art? That’s all I have for now as a beginner! I’ll pop a few more efforts on social media – look for #paintisaverb. 

Got to run, work calls! 

Happy Friday to you. 

 

Annette 

52 Paintings – Week 4/2015

Welcome to 4/2015 of 52 Paintings, which you can find on social media as #paintisaverb. This week my little craft station has been coaxing me, “come play, forget about stressful things for a while”. It has been great to lose myself in the paints and brushes.

Sometimes when I sit down, I have a rough idea about shapes I’d like to create, or colours I want to play with, and sometimes when I put my jars of water down and rip a fresh sheet of watercolour paper out of the quickly dwindling pad, I have no idea what’s ahead of me.

It always starts the same way.

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This week there were some dreadful play dates, where nothing seemed to flow. I can see it so clearly when there’s no ease. Those works are destined for the recycling bin.

Luckily there were also times when things flowed easily.

My favourite work of the week was inspired by my bloggy pal Emily. You’ll read more about her in a bit.

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I just love the way this one came out! 4/2015 made me happy. So cheerful and imperfect and bright.

I painted the squares and rectangles in a random order, choosing colours as I went along. I found my inspiration on Emily’s Instagram feed, and I love how she adds inky whimsy to her creations.

It was only last year that I learned that watercolours actually come in vibrant hues, as well as the softer tones that my brain had mistakenly thought “watercolours” was limited to. The things you don’t know until you do. Learning is awesome.

Here’s another couple of paintings from this week. I love the vibrancy of the larger one. I started out in wet on wet, then went over it wet on dry (that’s fancy artist talk!) and I am really happy with the way the colours pop.

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I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Instagram artists with you this week. These creative people create and share such great stuff – it’s kind of amazing to have 24 hour a day access to such a diverse range of online galleries.

@squiggleandswirl belongs to Emily, who I know via Blog With Pip. I love Emily’s artistic sensibility – her whimsical drawings and doodles, her colour choices and her pretty ink flowers. Emily has been such an encouraging supporter of my adventures with the brushes. Thanks Emily!

@tinniegirl is a Melbourne based artist and I love her style. I met Cathy at a groovy craft market last year and I’ve been following her ever since. She’s been kind enough to suggest some great art resources to me.

@tracyverdugo is an artist Cathy suggested I follow. Tracy’s paintings blow my mind. I literally don’t know how she does it – I’m just a beginner, but I love the layers she creates and the bold colours she uses. I’d love to do one of Tracy’s workshops one day.

@surfistatomato is where you’ll be blown away by Andrew, who is a super talented photographer. He has the best eye. The best. His architecturally driven photography knocks me out. I love his composition and considered simplicity.

Each of these creative people has taken time to respond to comments I’ve left them on Instagram, to answer a question, share a tip or a word of encouragement with this inquisitive beginner. How great is that! Makes me wish Jackson Pollock had Instagram.

I hope you’ll check out these Insta-heroes of mine.

Who are your creative heroes? Do tell.

Keep making time to play.

Annette x

52 Paintings – 3/2015

It’s Friday again, which means my weekly 52 Paintings post aka #paintisaverb time. Here’s 3/2015. It’s also the start of the Australia Day long weekend in only 8 hours. I should have painted a kangaroo or something else patriotic! Damn you beginner skill levels. 

This week I’ve been reading about painting and I am even more in awe of artists than I usually am! As I go from just liking paintings in a gallery, or now on my Instagram feed as I follow more artists, and realise what’s involved, it makes me think painting (done well) really is incredible. 

The layers, the choices of materials and mediums, choosing subject matter, finding inspiration and time, the practice… sheesh. 

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I’m experimenting. I don’t know what’s working and what’s not, but I’m posting this because I really want to make sure I don’t fall into “that’s not good enough to share”. This is just me playing with paint, exercising my creativity, looking for my style or voice or whatever it is people look for. Or it is nothing but amateur and silly play. Either works for me! 

In fact, I think that’s something worth challenging – all the “good enough” noise in our heads. Who the hell gets to decide what’s good enough (or not) about my creative play? And why should I care? 

Well, there’s my humanity and desire to get a thumbs up or a well done every now and then. BUT I can’t live solely on external validation – not as a painter anyway! 

So, here’s 3/2015. 

And here’s to play being play, and that being my thumbs up for the week. 

I hope you make time to play this weekend – paint, doodle, throw a frisbee, make popcorn the old fashioned way, get your crochet on… do something that makes you feel good. 

Happy weekend friends. 

Cheers, 

Annette 

 

52 Paintings 2/2015

 

2/2015

 

This week’s offering makes my eyes happy. 

I am really enjoying trying different things – just playing. It means there were some attempts that were truly absymal, and there was this. I like this one a lot. 

One thing I am noticing since I’ve picked up the brushes is a heightened sense of observation. I really look at clouds, at colours in the sky, and notice lines and shapes around me. Give me a great roofline against a blue sky and I’m happy! 

Perhaps I’m trying to decode how other artists – who are much further along the track (and more skilled) than I am – see the world. 

What do you see? 

Is the world a vibrant place to you, or does the everyday routine seem to drain the world of colour? 

I want to have open eyes to see how much beauty there is around us. Don’t you? 

Keep playing. 

Annette