What Inspires Your Art?
I’ve always felt riveted by and drawn to the art, architecture and cultural styles of Morocco. Their particular flavor of color, detail and design is stunning. I have books on Orientalist paintings (this one is a favorite) that make me swoon with their painterly renderings of embellished walls, tiled floors, colored glass lanterns, and hand-printed fabrics.
On My Art Library Book Shelves
There are several painters whose work in these regions projected my affinity to new heights, like this one by John Singer Sargent, and this one by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (I have his book Winters in Algeria), or this one by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Sigh. See what I mean? It’s all very theatrical, adorned-by-an-artisan’s-hands and punctuated with narrative suggestion. You can spend hours going down the rabbit hole of orientalist art pinned to boards on Pinterest.
How Do You Make a Collagraph?
This pictorial demonstration of a collagraph was inspired by my love for orientalist style, and the Brand Library in Glendale, California. I snapped reference photos on site, and used one of them as inspiration for this collagraph. If you’d like more details on building a collagraph plate for printmaking, I’ve posted two 5-minute videos on the process here and here. This collagraph is a slight variation on the video tutorials, using glued down shapes drawn & cut from kid-grade construction paper. Either method of plate-building, the process is incredibly fun.
I’m ramping up matting and framing for Spring Art Festivals; Save the dates!
Invite friends & family to go for a stroll;
April 28 & 29
San Diego Artwalk, Little Italy
Booth #150 on Beech Street, between Columba & India
May 5 & 6th
Sierra Madre Art Fair
222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd (at Hermosa Ave)
Give it a Go
If you’d like to make a collagraph plate, I’ll link a playlist of helpful tutorials I posted on my youtube channel here, and if you’re a book-learner, have a look at Brenda Hartill’s Collagraphs and Mixed Media Printing (at your library, since it’s out of print) or Ann D’Arcy Hughes’ The Printmaking Bible, or John Ross’ The Complete Printmaker.
Spring Fling with Art
I hope you have a stash of inspiration, either in books, your immediate surroundings, vacation photos, films, imagininitive wanderings or the science of weather. May whatever makes your eyes happy sneak down your arms and escape through your fingers in the form of art-making in March. Just like the time change here in the US – let’s Spring Forward and make something soon.
Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you in the next post –
P.S. Did I tell you about the new course I published on How to Title Your Art? No? Well, here’s a coupon code to get $6 off – enough savings for a slice of pie – till Sunday, March 18th. Type LETSGETSTARTED during checkout for the discount. Happy Titling! 🙂
Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can’t do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can’t’ once and for all.
~Vincent Van Gogh