It has been a few weeks since my last post, but there have been so many interesting things that I’ve noticed and thought to myself, “I’d love to share that on my next post!” Today, I want to do a quick show and tell to share some of those things, as well as what I’ve been up to around here.
- I’ve spent a little time in the studio these past few weeks, mostly just doing some creative experimentation. I’ve loved pushing paint around, with no plan at all, just playing with the colours and textures.
As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.
Vincent van Gogh
2. I’ve also gone a bit collage crazy of late.
One of my less successful, but most amusing collage advetures was this saggy old satchel that I was going to throw out. I decided instead to grab some scraps of abandoned, old fabric samples (very limited selection!), a glue gun, and proceeded to experiment a bit.
I rarely work with fabrics, so I just wanted to see what it was like to work with this material and a glue gun.
Eventhough, in the end, I was not very impressed with the final look of my purse, I concluded that working with fabrics might be something I would like to explore further.
I commented to my son that the purse looked rather shabby, and was still just saggy and old. Then, I added that I would nonetheless try wearing the purse out in public to see if anyone would give me a compliment on it. My son chuckled and suggested that, at the very least, someone might give me some change.
Haha! Clever boy.
This is what I wrote in my diary after I had completed the purse:
Yesterday, I spent a lot of time working on that bag. In a way, that really annoys me because I don’t really like the end product, so it’s tempting to think… What a waste of time, and to feel upset. BUT:
- I enjoyed working on it, so the time was not wasted.
- I learned, and practiced using a glue gun (which I never use) and making visual art decisions (which is always useful).
- What’s the alternative? Sit around and do nothing? Because there are no guarantees of how things will turn out (with anything, ever). You have no way of knowing and the only way to learn and improve is by doing and trying. And that’s how you gain confidence and experience.
- It wasn’t all bad. While I didn’t love the final look, it does have some interesting designs that I like.
So, I’ll have to make some crappy stuff if I ever hope to learn anything because I have to go into territory with which I am unfamiliar and see how it turns out. That’s the only choice, otherwise one sits around paralyzed, dreaming and thinking, but not getting down to the doing.
3. Just over a week ago, I celebrated my birthday. This year, the gifts I received were all about creativity:
My husband has been spoiling me with his inspired culinary creations for several weeks now. Here are some highlights – I took some snapshots, but sorry to say that they don’t do the meals justice.
He also made me a delicious birthday cake, but I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture!
…My son made me this adorable pinguin.
…My mom gave me this beautiful, large painting she made herself.
…And my aunt gave me this gift certificate for a craft store so I can stock up and make more things myself!
Have you heard of Loving Vincent, the first ever movie of its kind? The story of Vincent van Gogh is told through his own painting style: 12 frames a second, each one hand painted by an artist working in his style. It’s an 80 minute movie with around 57,000 frames. Incredible. Check out this trailer or this short news clip.
An edible terrarium… Wouldn’t this be a great home-made gift?