Monday, June 22, 2009

she sells seashells by the seashore

I love the title! LOL, but I would be happier if that was originally mine!
Mini canvas is rather difficult to work on, ironcally considering the little space that an artist can work on, there shouldn't be much problem. Lesser painting, lesser creative arrangement, lesser work, but lesser space to fit in the composition if you have a large imagination.
I had no idea what was going to happen with this painting initially. I like the feeling of getting into the creative flow where one thing leads to another. I started off working with patterned napkins and was stucked from there. The thing was I had a butterfly that I made with the same patterned napkins before and I was trying very desperately to fit the creature on the canvas. I'd atetmpted various angles and nothing works. In the end, I decided I'd do it without the butterfly.
It's difficult to let go of something when you want to use them so badly. But releasing is a good learning process.
Once I painted the blue background the painting seems to take on a life of its own. I remembered I have a collection of stickers of images connecting to the ocean, and I digged into the tin that the CCC volunteers kept for the children and found buttons. Plus a feather I picked up quite some time ago. Together they contribute to this piece of creative work.
I'd always wanted to do something like that, something that brings the ocean close to me because since I can't go to it... It's a piece that brings me serenity and tranquility. Right now I felt like I have a piece of the ocean and seaside in my bedroom, will attempt another one on a bigger canvas. But for now, this will have to do to give me peace.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mademoiselle's Birthday

I took a day to complete this. By far my quickest attempt on painting and my first on mixed media art. Am loving it, I felt reluctant to give it away but decided that this will make someone happy. I've always wanted to make my mum something for her birthday, she was smiling from ear to ear when she receives this yesterday.
I love the composition, I was inspired by the Paris Vintage paper and from there, the painting seems to take on a life of its own and everything flows beautifully. Maybe this is my inner voice telling me to imagine myself on a coffee break, sipping from a cup seated outdoors of a French cafe.
Oh, life would be complete. I am aspiring to this kind of luxuries.