Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Lately I have been enjoying researching Naive Art . In a nutshell, Naive artists are self-taught, generally use lots Colour and simple child-like designs, often without perspective. My absolute favourite Naive painter is Western Australian Mixed Media Artist Rebecca Cool, who uses the most beautiful fabrics in her work.
Rebecca inspired me to make this painting and there will be more to come from me in this style as I explore its possibilities and develop my own unique themes and characters. I just love it! Later, I may even take the leap into mixed media. Very exciting!
Monday, 14 January 2008
Balance is important to anyone's wellbeing and last year, despite my efforts, it remained elusive for me. This year balance is coming easily to me and it's in part due to improved health and partly due to a new attitude.
Over the holidays I read The Yoga Of Eating by Charles Eisenstein, which gave me a new perspective towards my eating habits. Eating mindfully, listening to your body and being aware of the vibration of the food we eat, was the message here.
Before Christmas, inspired by better health, I did a detox of sorts eating totally vegetarian, no alcohol. This year I have settled into a balanced routine where I eat what my body tells me to eat, when it tells me to eat. Nothing is off-limits, but the aim is moderation or 'elegant sufficiency', as my mother would say. Now I eat a little meat every now and again, maybe a glass of wine, or a piece of chocolate. These things all add sweetness to my everyday life and I believe saying no to everything only leaves you wanting. The aim is health.
I have also aimed at a balance in my painting habits, taking breaks more often, before a sore neck tells me to stop. My painting is actually much better for the rest and I don't know why I thought I could push past my body's signals before this!
Yes, 'balance' is it.
Saturday, 5 January 2008
I have bought a couple of canvases which are about to be transformed. One will be a cat painting, a house warming present for a friend. The other is beginning to take shape in my mind, almost complete. Most of my art over the holidays has been in my journal, and hopefully you will get some idea from these pages I have posted here, even though I couldn't fit all of the design on my scanner. I will add a quote to the centre of this design, as soon as I find one I like. Suggestions welcome!
An idea/project I hope to begin this year is to create a separate illustrated journal of my own poetry, which can be added to as I create more. I am really looking forward to this project and have lots of ideas on how to tackle it.
Lots to think about, lots to do.