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Self-portrait knitting freestyle

Kristy Glass has an amazing knitting vlog on Youtube – in it, she mostly interviews pretty much every well-known knitwear designer, vlogger and writer in the knitting world.

Here, she shows her own freestyle creation – she worked not from someone else’s pattern nor did she write down the pattern as she invented it, going along.  This is free-form.  It’s fairly instinctive and therefore highly individual – and fun!  She responded to inspiring wool to make something which makes the most of the yarn’s bouncy nature (her character is similar): a bubble dress!

By the way, for non-knitters, FO means Finished Object

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Artists getting gallery representation

Do you know an artist who has learnt their craft and begun producing new and original work – and they’d like to get their work into galleries and selling?

Check out this brief and informative video – it takes a very simple, straightforward approach.

Basically, Brainard Carey recommends:

  1. Select your best 10 pictures, have good photos of them on an ipad, ready to show.
  2. Pick galleries near where you live
  3. (Leave your work at home) Go to their opening nights for another artist’s work, see how it is, in full flow
  4. Ask to speak to someone about a particular sculpture or painting you like – ask a question, see how they handle it
  5. Judge how they would represent YOU by how they are selling the other artist’s work – are they knowledgeable, interesting, and make an attractive case?  Then decide if they would be good for representing you.
  6. Visit the gallery next day, with your work ready to show on ipad or portable screen device – ask if they consider new artists’ work?
  7. If yes, how would they like to see the work?  (They will possibly say email 2 or 3 images – but if they would like to see your work right then and there, you have the images already with you, ready for display)

 

 

Promise becomes reality: flowers unfurl

This is a time-lapse film of flowers opening: many of them are lilies or orchids, so the colours and patterns and shapes are stunning.

video by David de los Santos Gil

 

For variation, mute the music they are presented with, and try varieties of music in your audio library.  How does it feel with ballet music?  What is the effect when it’s jazz?  Or world music? or rap?  or spoken poetry?

Creative Takeaway

Write/paint/draw/bake/dance – whatever your chosen medium – something which expresses unfurling, movement, growing, developing, opening out….. using this video for reference points and ideas, jumping off places.

How to make a photography exhibition

Paul Duke documented the decline of the fishing industry in the Moray Firth, with a series of life-size photos.  He tells the story of how he took those and made them into a whole exhibition.

Paul’s Black and White photos are stunning, and have been put into a book by the same title as the exhibition: “At Sea.”

This is photography as documentary of a community, which will become a record of a traditional industry, as it fades.

At the same time, it is a study in portraiture – for Paul, it was very important that the size of the finished photographs be life-size, as though the people depicted were there, in person.

And finally, it is a collaboration between the photographer, the framer and the maker of the text for appearing beside the photographs.

“That’s what a de Koonig painting sounds like: liquid, fluid, runny”

If watching paint dry sounds boring – try listening to it.  The Museum of Modern Art has developed a whole series of “How to paint like…..” famous painters whose works they have.  This video is how to paint like Willem de Koonig, presented by Corey D’Augustine.

The comment about the sound came from the mixing of the yellow paint with medium – it sounded a bit like cream does when whipped.  I don’t even paint with oils, but the mixing of the materials has me intrigued.

Still interested?  Here’s the followup video:

Creative Takeaway

Already painting with oils paints but feeling a bit stuck?

The series of “Paint Like….” invites you to go through the process of another artist, with the knowledgeable curator.  Then you can take what you like into your own process, and ignore the rest.

 

Portable Sketching Kit

Sketching daily is a great art discipline and finding 20 minutes to sketch is fairly do-able even in the most hectic of schedules.  Grab yourself a few basic tools (set out by tutor Nina Weiss) and you’re good to go…

  1. A box of coloured pencils
  2. a small sketchbook (her hands give an indication of its scale)
  3. 20 minutes

Nina finds it’s important to have these basic tools to hand at any moment when inspiration strikes.

Soon, this blog will feature her on a much longer drawing assignment, working from a photograph she took while travelling.

 

Portable Takeaway

What drawing/sketching/writing tools do you currently have?

Pool them together – you might be surprised.

Now pack them in such a way that you can have them with you, easy to get hold of, for as much of each day as possible.