Your weekend dose of inspiration:
- A different kind of travel photos.
- Amazing photographs of spiders.
- Surreal murals.
- 25 free quilt patterns.
- How and why to read daily.
- Artist workspace.
- An orthodontist who’s also a very successful cartoonist.
- What to read next?
- Symbolism in a Renaissance painting.
- Unbelievably beautiful photographs submitted to National Geographic contest.
- Lovely Christmas ornaments to make by hand. Gift idea!
- A federal program to give work to artists? What a revolutionary idea!
A dozen inspiring articles to spark your creativity:
- Beautiful Jersey City and Paterson, New Jersey.
- Two of my favorite things: quilts and limericks.
- Art dolls.
- Can creativity be taught?
- These new books sound great. Hollywood thought so, too.
- This article about Picasso summarizes: “Not only has massive chunks of our culture been created by specific men who abuse women but also that so-called ‘Western culture’ in its entirety has been marked and in many ways defined by systemic and institutionalized misogyny that has chewed up women for art and discarded them en masse.” Some things never change. Or can they?
- Do you like potato chips that look like faces, and clouds that look like other objects? Then this quick video will make you smile.
- How to draw a fox.
- Some beautiful tangles.
- What the blank spaces in a painting convey.
- Inexpensive copies of art masterpieces you’ll use every day.
A great big thank you to artist and instructor Gail Bartel for this fabulous painting tutorial. Check out more of her artwork on her blog, that artist woman.
The trees are a swirl of brightly coloured leaves, or at least they were until we had some really strong winds and they all blew away.
Here is a great little fall project.
– nice paper for painting on
– green masking tape (painter’s tape) optional
– acrylic or liquid tempera paints
– pencil or black pencil crayon
– oil pastels
Tape paper onto art board using masking tape. This will give us a nice white border.
Using white and blue paint your background. You want a white oval off centre and then light blue and darker blue. Have the kids paint in a circular motion.
Set aside to dry.
This one was with acrylic.
I did this one with disk tempera to compare.
Starting with brown, paint dashes around our oval.
With brown we stay away from the white oval.
We then add orange covering some of our brown dashes and work a little closer into the oval.
After orange we add yellow.
As we get into the centre with the yellow add a little white paint to mix a really light yellow.
Set aside to dry.
When the paint is dry remove the tape.
With a pencil or black pencil crayon draw your tree trunk. You want to come from the corner closest to the centre of your swirl.
You want it to look like you are looking up into the tree.
Using black oil pastel go over your tree trunk lines and fill in.
Now you could just leave it at this point but oil pastel looks better if you blend it a bit.
In my studio I would just use a paper tortillion but at school we don’t have them around so the kids use a q-tip.
If my lines are quite fine I will take the q-tip and break and use the little broken end to blend my fine branches.
Here is a comparison of acrylic vs liquid tempera.
The acrylic covers better (more opaque) so your lights are brighter. For the liquid tempera I added some dashes in pencil crayon in orange, yellow, and light yellow to help with this after the paint was dry.
Twelve sips of creative juiciness to inspire artistic vision.
- Total cuteness.
- Why bloggers blog.
- It’s not too early to start some Christmas quilting projects.
- In honor of the coming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, here are Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. I confess I haven’t read them yet, but I’ve printed them out with every intention of studying them.
- Awesome prize-winning photographs from the National Geographic contest.
- Epic ink landscapes.
- For the writers: best books about writing. I only know half of these—I’ve got some reading to do!J
- A cute and easy little weaving project for kids of all ages.
- I’d love to see a resurgence of interest in embroidery. Here’s what you need to get started.
- There are still a few days left to enter this photography contest. Check out your competitors.
- Homage to the doily.
- It’s almost time for the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
Thirteen articles to help you get your creativity on:
- Cute little paintings.
- A trip to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
- What playing the piano does for your brain.
- Wildlife photography in black and white.
- Beautiful waterfalls.
- Lovely ceramics.
- What happens when you let seniors wear costumes for ID picture day.
- I love this artist’s sketches.
- Award-winning quilts. (Click on the small images for enlargements.)
- Instead of aimless surfing, read these websites to increase your knowledge.
- Quotes to ponder.
- Amazing paper sculptures by Nguyễn Hùng Cường.
- Something you can do to exercise your creativity.
Some beautiful, some quirky, all creative:
- Paintings with the look of vintage photographs.
- Vintage photographs taken by a teenaged Stanley Kubrick.
- These beautiful creations remind me of when I took up embroidery as a young wife. I miss those days.
- I always wondered how Chicago came up with the title 25 or 6 to 4.
- Paintings of Max Pechstein.
- I’ve read 12 of these, and I’d like to read more of the books on this book club reading list.
- Twenty-five free and easy quilt patterns.
- I want to win this contest. Only funny people need apply. Am I funny enough?
- Beautiful Christmas quilt—and links to many more original designs.
- The illustrations of Mike Ciccotello.
- That awkward moment at the museum when you see your portrait—and it was painted before you were born…
- Surreal images of synchronized swimmers.
Your latest installment of beauty and creativity, just in time for your weekend enjoyment:
- More beautiful quilts from Utah.
- Fashion photography on location.
- Beautiful murals.
- Gorgeous paintings of animals.
- Lovely zentangles.
- Do you have your own unique sense of style? Maybe. Maybe not.
- What do you look for in a traveling companion?
- Crazy coincidental dressing.
- I’ve read three of these bestselling books of summer, 2017, and found one more I need.
- What would it take to get you to look out your train window?
- Light show.
- Cars and legs.