texture and pastels

 

Finding the pastels somewhat “flat” so experimented with adding some texture.  First I covered the offwhite UART grit paper with all shades of red and orange and yellow pastel and painted over with mat gel medium.  this created quite a thick covering that showed up all the brush marks.  When completely drying painted over the pastels, like the affect.  Will continue experimenting on the texture front and build up more layers using acrylic paint as the underpainting.

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knitting some sunshine

Knitting !! haven’t done this for so many years, but I wanted to bring some sunshine to my bathroom, it’s all very “grey”, polished plaster, grey mosaic and dark wood floors.  When looking on Flickr saw the perfect item, not only to use up all my scraps but to bring those holiday sunshine colours into my daily routine. As you can see here, its lovely and bright !

sunshine mat

Well I have used almost all my scrap bits from christmas quilting spree and still have a fair bit to go !! not sure yet what to complete it with, looks like I may have to buy some more fabric, nothing suitable on the clothes front to cut up : (

the whole process has been so easy, I do not have a tv to distract me (nearly 8 years now ) !  just sat in a comfy chair, listened to audio book and watched it grow.

Just a size 11 needles (circular) not so heavy to deal with, cast on 60 stitches and just straight forward knit rows.  I joined my scraps and made large balls, but I imagine if your pieces are longish you could join as you go along. Although this mat just gobbles up the fabric, not sure if crocheting maybe less hungry.  I like the frayed rag look of the tied ends, but maybe when cutting the scraps into lengths, anything between 3-5 cms you could cut the lengths stopping about 3-5 cms from one end forming a continuous length.  May try this if I make another one in the future

A big thankyou to Jennifer http://www.flickr.com/photos/51126367@N06/10103126196/lightbox/

Ballet Russe

Thanks Mr Bowery, it was because of you I came across this image, I thought it was a costume of yours, but then I read it was in fact a costume for the Ballet Russe designed back in 1935 !

Leon Bakst drawings I have always admired, and recently when I watched the Chanel / Stravinsky story my interest in the Ballet Russe became more prominent in my life again. I find the colours so inspiring.   Diaghilev was a very clever man, he put together composers and artists the most avant-garde of their time, Braque, Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky the famous dancer and produced the most inspiring and challenging ballets.  He was not at all afraid to break with convention and his passion paid off, however at his death it limped along but was never the same again.

The boldness, the colours, the loose shapes, ballet costumes had never been seen like this before.  I just love them, the colours sing out, I so would love to have been around to see their opening nights, especially THE RITES OF SPRING, apparently this caused a riot and they had to close down the theatre!!  It’s hard to believe that now, but here is a collection of some the hundreds of costumes that were designed and made especially for each ballet.

Could they be transformed into paper sculptures, could the colour combinations be transformed into my design work and paintings, somehow they will have an influence, my creative mind is like a sponge, its absorbs everything around me so that one day it will be expressed in some form again as I continue along this creative path

Colour creates an elevated mood

I saw this clip this morning and just knew I was meant to.  It was a true gift.  Colour lifts my soul, there is no doubt about it.  Expressing with colour is so beneficial to the psyche.   I find myself attracted to colour in my daily life more and more, bits and pieces I buy for my home lately are wild they make a wonderful contrast to the dark grey that forms the basis of my home.  My own personal clothing in the main is colourless, but inside me pulsates with many shades of violet, orange, yellow, mauve, magenta, vermillion, a whole rainbow.  Who wants their house painted? any takers?