Jan 30, 2010

Illustration Friday: Focussed

Image after Post work

Initial mage

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Jan 24, 2010

A Nightime Visit

"In the light of day a visit to the Three Pigs Memorial Garden had seemed like a fun idea. Now Jessie wasn't so sure...."

Jan 23, 2010

Just a bit of fun.....

Illustration Friday: Clumsy

Well this is a quickie for Illustrated Friday, I don't have any time this week, finishing a large commision (well making the pieces fit together) and hanging our next painting show, so I've resorted to part of  my illustrated manuscript. I hope you like it! Please click for big.

Jan 19, 2010

Monday Artday: Insanity

Hamlet: the epitomy of arguable Insanity.

Ghost: I am thy father's spirit,
Doom'd for a certain term to ... walk the night,
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away. ......

Hamlet 1.5.5

Lino Cut, to Fabric Print, to 3d Texture, to 2d Work.

Well I've been meaning to do this for ages..... a few months ago I did a fabric printing workshop, using lino cuts.  It was great fun. I wanted to take it one step further and make a texture I could use in my three dee work. Originally I thought I would put it on fabric, but changed my mind and came up with this. The original fabric is a big nod to Escher. You can see the fabric I printed here if you like. Click. Please click image for big. The workshops are here if you live in Oz.

Jan 18, 2010

Monday ArtDay: No Challenge

Well last week's challenge was "No Challenge", so I thought I'd stick up another page of my book. This is from Part One. I guess you'd call it the start of the 'heroes' journey. Thanks for looking and please click for big.

"Too late, Tim discovers his home made billycart doesn't steer 'real good". (Driver: Tim Ferguson: Location: Heart Break Hill, Paddington Sydney; Date: August 1912). Please click for big.

Jan 17, 2010

Troll Under the Bridge

Well this is Tim again....

Poor Tim has lost a bet with his worst enemy, Reginald. The bet? That there isn't a troll under the bridge. To win the bet, Tim has to spend the entire night on the bridge, or risk being made a fool of in front of all his friends, including his toffee nosed childhood sweetheart, Rosatilda, .

Troll? Troll under the bridge? Hah. There are no trolls anymore.... are there?

Thanks again for looking

Illustration Friday: Wilderness

"Tim enters the enchanted glade.": (From: "How Tim was Lost in the Forest and Never Seen Again.") Please click for big.

Not that it's related to this illustration, but after seeing spindlemaker's and dthaase' work, I realised that I always think of this poem by Wallace Stevens when someone says "Wilderness".

Wallace Stevens was an insurance salesman..... never a more un-poetic vocation there was - and yet that didn't stop him at all. "Anecdote of the Jar" is a strange poem, indistinct, as if it is feeling its way around the subject matter, before slowly petering out. Yet I think his poem succinctly sums up how we (as humans) try to make order out of chaos. Cliched it might be, the concept of making unnatural order out of natural chaos, but it stops us going mad - assuming we aren't already... just a little bit mad..... even slightly cookoo.... there are no trolls under the bridge, are there....?

Anecdote of the Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

Wallace Stevens

Jan 14, 2010

Monday Artday: "Invisible"

Had a bit of fun with this one. This week's prompt for Monday Artday was 'invisible'. The woman is so incensed by the loss of a jar of lollies she doesn't see .... Partially inspired by Raol Dahl's autobiography "Boy", where he and his friends sneak a dead mouse into the wicked Lolly Shoppe lady's lolly jar. (Please click fo big) Thanks for looking!

Monday Artday Winner

Well I was lucky enought to win this week's Monday Artday with Mystic. Thanks Mike I appreciate it enormously! Monday Artday is here if you would like to join - it is well worth while... and fun. :)

Jan 10, 2010

Tarot Card: The Chariot

No surf today so I spent the afternoon making this card, (then destroying it with a little patina.) .... Looking forward to investigating more Tarot. Please click for big.

Jan 9, 2010

Monday Artday: Family

I made a second version of "Family" just before Christmas, tried to add a little joy and trust to the original Family, in keeping with the Christmas spirit. Of course Jessie shouldn't play with matches, and his 'father' should keep his eye on the chisel. Please click for big.

Monday Artday: Mystic

"A visit to the tattooed lady" From: An unpublished manuscript. Please click for big.

Illustration Friday: Confined

"Inside the Potters' Temple" Variations on a theme :) Please click each image if you would like full size!The bottom left is the original undistorted version.... Cheers

Jan 6, 2010

Illustration Friday: Renewal

"Tim loved the spring and the Cherry Blossum tree in his grandparents'  backyard." (Please click for big)