Daily Prompt: Playtime

Favourite shirt - acrylic paint & newspaper - October 2013

Favourite shirt – acrylic paint & newspaper – October 2013

I haven’t taken part in one of these for a little while and this one looks fun. For me, ‘play’ sums up what art is all about, or at least what my approach to it is about. The kind of art I like the most often has an underlying dark humour to it, and the kind of art I create couldn’t really be classed as  ‘serious’!

One of my favourite things to work with (and the reason I chose this picture in response to the prompt) is newspaper. There are few things more satisfying than ripping random words from an old newspaper and then playing around with them, giving them a different meaning  by creating new sentences, statements – whatever. So much fun! Whether they make sense or not doesn’t really matter…in fact I think I prefer it if they don’t, or if they seem only to make sense in the context of a drawing that makes you go, ‘what?’ (as in, ‘what the hell is that supposed to mean?). Oddness and confusion all adds to the fun of it, I think; anything that makes you wonder what was going on in the artist’s mind at the time (and maybe fear for their sanity, just a little bit – scratch that: art keeps you sane) is all good stuff in my opinion. Art is something that has spilled out of someone’s mind, after all; it’s bound to be a little bit weird.

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Doodle #11: Siamese Twin & Other Developments

Siamese Cat - November 2013

Siamese cat: Acrylic paint & fineliner – November 2013

As promised, here is the Siamese twin of this fella. I used a new fineliner pen for these not-so-fine felines, and although it probably doesn’t look any different (!), it was a lot smoother to use – perfect for someone like me who has a bit of a wobbly hand, it doesn’t seem to leave a dot at the place where any unintentional stoppages occur.

Although this site might not show it, the past few months have been very busy behind the scenes art-wise. Since the last lino print I posted on here (1920’s Portrait), I have completed about six or so new designs (including a few more in the Portrait series, which I plan to continue – see also The Maid), experimented with slightly different lino, and got a whole boatload of new ideas in the process – all very exciting; I feel like I have found a medium that I really love, and hopefully I can continue to develop ideas and techniques in the future. I won’t post the new lot up on here until I have decided what I want to do with them – whether they work best as prints, cards etc. – and then printed them using a press and on proper paper.

On that note, I have been navigating the vast and somewhat confusing (for a newbie like me at least) world of art supplies. So much fancy paper! So many lovely ink colours! …So much money! I can dream, but in the meantime, I have a date with a calculator and a part of my brain that hasn’t used maths this confusing since school. I’m sure it’s still in there somewhere…