Sunday, January 27, 2013

the savage mirror

i took my friend lisa's art journalling class the savage mirror last week. just our other friend lynn, lisa and me. what a great opportunity- lisa is an amazing artist & teaches this workshop all over, so having a private class was great. and probably necessary- the name and stories of how emotional students have gotten in other classes scared me to death. we started with the easy stuff, making backgrounds. way to lull me into a false sense of security!the tape creates interesting bumps that provide places for paint to hang up on once paper is laid down over it.

here is the page prior to paint application.

the first exercise was to hold up a small mirror & draw the prtion of our face that caught our attention. we used china markers. since i can't draw, i was fairly pleased with the outcome of this one. even if i am green.

we were then directed to draw a frame for ourselves. each image comes with a journal prompt- this page being to write what we saw when looking in the mirror. this page is well on its way, but still needs some work. so far, not too bad.

the images in this one were created by a) tracing the key lines of a photo and then finishing the image (the left hand page) and b) doing a gel skin photo transfer (the baby picture). this prompt is about dreams. i still have lots of work to do on this page- i've painted over and written down and painted over several times, but it will get there. i seldom remember my dreams, so it's taking a bit of work...

class three we drew ourselves upside down from a photo, using loose gridlines (note to self- the open mouthed smile with teeth is hard to draw). you will notice that i redid my nose. the idea behind this method is that it creates sort of a caricature because drawing upside down distorts things. (me drawing period distorts things!

once we had the drawing complete, we taped a piece of acetate over them and proceeded to draw our 100 year old selves. yes, i plan to have pink hair (on purpose) when i'm 100. this prompt was to write a letter from our current selves to our 15 year old self and then a letter from our 100 year old selves to us now. this page also still needs work, but is farther along than the dream page.

it was a great class. i am working on other backgrounds and hope to have the discipline to do this. i'm not introspective by nature, so it's kind of hard for me to go there, but i do see the value in it, and in being able to define/refine what's going on in my life. it will also be a good thing to do when i'm traveling. it will take as much practice to sit down and write about what i'm thinking as it will to draw, but that's OK. no one ever has to see it but me-

last up is the finished valentine for aids- i went back in & added a few things coming out of the heart. titled "she's come undone". the opening is this wednesday- it's always so much fun to go & see what everyone has come up with. and to see my fellow artists.

will have studio night tuesday this week, and i have a few other things that i've been working on to post as well- there may be 2 blog posts this week!

1 comment:

Barb said...

This journaling through drawing class sounds like fun, Marianne - I'm introspective enough but can't draw! Maybe we could team up. Of course, I had to enlarge to see what was on the dictionary page - wonder why you chose that one? Inconsiderate isn't you! Hope you can post some pics from the Valentine for Aids benefit.