Sunday, 11 September 2022

Art Soul Gathering {Part Two}

Hello Friends!

Here are the rest of my pieces for Art Soul Gathering.  I knew I wouldn't complete all of the lessons as some are very time consuming, two a day for a week.  After ten days, all access is removed, so I do what I can whenever these free opportunities present themselves.  In a few weeks I shall begin Tamara Laporte's renowned LifeBook 2023 taster fortnight.

This piece is in the style of Ida Andersen Lang and is called the Dream of Nimuë. It went horribly wrong from the get go, for two reasons. First I need to work on larger card stock as her head is not much bigger than my thumb so when something goes amiss there's no room to manoeuvre to put it right, and second I wasn't paying attention and picked up my aquarelles instead of waterproof pencils, so as soon as I applied water everything bled instead of staying put.   Other than that, I'm happy with it.
Freehand drawn



In the style of Dawn Vander Stoep, "Inner Wisdom" lesson.
I don't have anything remotely like the pan pastels used in this lesson, so had to do some proper improvisation, not even in the right colours, using eye shadows and cotton buds. It wasn't particularly easy to get the finer details and I ended up using some dress making pencils.
Freehand drawn



In the style of Tamara Laporte "Mother Earth" mixed media.  I loved doing this one so much, I love the outcome and it's now my social media avatar.




in the style of Marie-Laure Delage-Carlson this is Dryad – Spirit of the Forest. I don't think I'm done with it yet but it's this closest I'm going to get for the time being because I'm still learning to manage the copious amounts of water needed, which have started the disintegration of the paper so time to put the brushes down and let it go. I wanted to honour the spirit of the Redwood Forests near Ferndale CA


This one isn't following a lesson per se, but it has wording written underneath the artwork as shown in several of the lessons, but it's too heavy and showing through in places.
I'm not sure if I'm going to do any more of the lessons, partly because they don't appeal to me so much, and partly because they call for materials that I don't have, and can't come up with an appropriate substitution.

At the end of the month I'm taking part in a two week online taster course for Life Book 2023, hosted by Tamara Laporte.  It's an annual event.  I bought lifetime access to the 2019 LB course, but Mum died and I didn't get into the course, so I'm planning to work on that soon.  I think my next entry will be sharing one of those light bulb moments, but I just realised I'm well behind with ICAD sharing too!

Until next time
Stay safe, stay well
Debbie xoxo

12 comments:

  1. oh gosh! those are gorgeous and so imaginative. I love the one that is your new social media avatar and the first one but they are all so lovely. I hope you enjoy your next online course and look forward to seeing more ICAD's :)

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    1. Ragged Robin thank you so much. I have to say the one I've used for my avatar is a particular favourite thanks for the kind wishes for the upcoming LB2023 taster. I must get round to posting the ICAD’s soon.

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  2. These are all fabulous, Deb, you have got more done than I have. I will be doing the LB taster, too, and hope to get more done that I managed this time. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie thank you so much. I have really enjoyed doing these pieces, although they are very time consuming. Many of the artists from ASG will also be doing LB2023 and I'm really looking forward to it. Hugs Debbie

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  3. Is it just me or do the women look a little scary.

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    1. Thank you Sue for your candour. Your comment prompted me to ask this question of my fellow artists. First, a dryad is meant to be scary, and the comment has been made to me by a trusted friend that perhaps my dryad isn't scary enough! Second, as far as the rest go, they are strong, fantasy figures so perhaps this is the vibe you are picking up on? Of course, the interpretation of all art is always subjective, and everyone interprets things differently to everyone else.

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  4. I think you have done a wonderful job with this lesson. I see strong women when I look at them. Your new avatar is my favorite, I love the colors you used.

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    1. Thank you, Darla Mae, Darlene. My avatar is my favourite too. Lovely to see you. xo

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  5. Deb, I am astonished by your current art! So unique and fabulous. I need to catch up with you and your current art journey. You clearly have found your niche. Take care, my friend.
    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your fellow countrymen at the loss of Her Majesty. I really thought she would live forever.....The world surely lost a treasure.

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    1. Thank you, Martha Ellen. Of course, I'm on this branch of the journey with my art now, following various lessons by various artists. and wondering where it will take me next!

      Thank you for your kind wishes at the loss of Her Majesty. I think many of us had come to think of her as invincible, although her deterioration since last October was visible to all. I definitely feel as if I've lost a dear, much loved family member. She will be greatly missed indeed.

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  6. I'm with you on the loss of our Queen - she seemed immortal, bless her. Reunited with her beloved Philip now.

    Love your art work but how frustrating that the exercises called for equipment you didn't have so you had to substitute. Your avatar one is my favourite.

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    1. Thank you, Bovey Belle. Yes, it is a sad time and an unprecedented time we're living in now with our royal family and all the changes.

      Thank you. I'm glad you like my artwork. Yes, the avatar is my favourite too. I find I'm getting quite adept at substituting things!

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