These past couple weeks I have been crippled by self doubt and despondency; I have just worked through it by getting back to my sketchbooks, playing with ideas, making collage and just getting marks on paper (or canvas). I’m not sure where all of this is going, if anywhere. I’ll just put one foot in front of the other and see where this path takes me.
That’s right! My first EVER giveaway as Green Man Art!
To celebrate this new venture – new blog, new Etsy, with new art – I thought we’d officially declare this shop open with a bang! The giveaway is this canvas tote bag with original (signed) art on the front and back, plus a pencil case and quality Derwent pencils and erasers inside for good measure (to get your art going!).
Entering is easy!
1. Goto THIS INSTAGRAM photo, and enter a comment, tagging a friend with an @ sign in the same message.
2. Then SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER and then leave another comment on the instagram picture telling me you have done so (I will check!).
Both requirements are necessary to be included in the draw!
I will pick a winner in one week and announce on Instagram.
Well, as promised I’ve been very busy getting ready for a new shop update (new shop new update? something like that). I’ve been a very busy bee and transferred all the prints over from my personal Etsy to Green Man Art Etsy Store whilst adding some NEW prints of a few collages! I know! I’m excited too! I aim to get even more work scanned this week to make available for sale by next week – including landscapes and abstracts.
I have also been working on a notepaper set – whimsical collage notepaper, with a couple cards and bookplates thrown in for good measure, but this is where Etsy, or rather European Law, fell apart. VAT laws here for e-goods are hard to negotiate, and a few storefronts have basically said it’s up to the shop owner to sort the mess out. I don’t blame them, because they’re a new level of hell. To circumvent a whole raft of migraine-inducing paperwork all PDFs, downloadable files and e-goods will now be sold from THIS site using an off-site cart (confused? Yeah, well just be grateful you don’t do my tax returns). You will find my new NotePaper Set in the new DOWNLOAD page.
But there’s more! I have gathered ALL my downloadable PDFs from years gone by and included them on the same page – sewing patterns AND knitting patterns. (If you want to read a bit more about those old patterns, then you can take a look on my personal blog here for more information.) And in keeping with being a good blogger, I aim to include FREE downloads soon – and these too will be on the DOWNLOAD page.
So. To recap: NOTEPAPER SET for SALE on the DOWNLOAD page.
After making a tentative start last week, this week I dove right in to collage work, and apart from all the annoying, itty, bitty pieces of coloured paper littering my floor, I’m loving it! I’ve mostly kept to the landscapes of my beloved Lake District, but one flower print made an appearance, because, ohmygoodness, can it be spring already?
I finished up my fairy tale, as suggested by the good people of instagram, have started another, and I have one more I want to do based on those suggestions. And then I’d like to make another fox print!
My new business cards arrived today, cementing, in my mind at least, the break I have made from being Debbie who doodles and sometimes sells her things, to Green Man Art Studios where generating art is what I do and what I want to do. Feels big.
But wait! There’s more! Because this week I aim for another shop update – new prints, from the fairytales and fox prints, to my landscapes, abstracts and collage. Major update. Can’t wait. I will post on instagram when it’s live.
Talk to me! What pieces of art are you loving right now?
I’ve been experimenting with collage this weekend. It’s amazing what playing around with a sketchbook can lead to, isn’t it?
With my children’s illustrations I usually do include a bit of collage, but mostly in the form of images I’ve drawn and painted and added on to make the picture ‘pop’. This weekend I experimented with coloured paper which were cut into shapes to form the piece itself – some paper was sourced from magazines, whilst others was cartridge paper that I painted over with watercolour and gouache with intentional brush strokes left showing.
First, using magazine paper, I worked up this little whimsical piece of Jack Frost undoing all the damage left by Mrs. Thaw (readers of Elsa Beskow will know which book I’m referring to here!). On top of the cut pieces I added gouache and highlights with a uni-posca pen, and then added extra depth with finer details made by Faber-Castell polychromatic pencils.
I attempted a similar approach with this picture, and I’m not sure it was at all successful. I was aiming for a realistic rendition and it seems that collage doesn’t really lend itself to that.
So, I tried again.
Some elements worked here, but I think it fell far short of an effective picture.
But this detail reminded me of something; I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I was sure I’d seen this type of thing before … and then it hit me! I was transported in an instance to a teenager version of myself staring up at our dining room walls at the new LMS Railway vintage frames of trips to the Lake District! A style of post-war Britain beckoning to brighter horizons!
So I set about trying to replicate the style.
And I’m a little bit entranced; with just a few highlights and minimal use of the polychromos pencils, the effect is quite dramatic. I love this way of making pictures!
So I added a couple more to the sketchbook.
Isn’t it lovely when you find a way of creating that you love?
Could anything be cuter than a tiny creature no bigger than your hand suited in the finest clothes ready to give life to your stories? I can think of no thing more endearing. Another facet of story-telling seems to have taken hold in the form of hand-sewn creatures these past couple weeks. I am trying to walk the very fine line of being completely absorbed without falling down the rabbit hole of being totally obsessed.
So many ideas buzz through my head! And the more I make, the more I draw, the thicker and faster they come.
What would we do without art in our lives?
I’ve been having loads of fun with this latest illustration: another forest folk fox print – whimsical with enough detail to keep me interested. I love the effect collage has on making a painting ‘pop’, which is totally appropriate to children’s illustrations.
What do you think?
Prints will be in the shop soon.
There are plans afoot for explorations into oils at some point soon. Portraits in acrylics is vexing me – all those layers which dry into different colours! They dry a bit flat too so it will be nice to see the difference in texture and colour.
Illustrations are still where it’s at, and I’ve just ordered a stack of sketchbooks for a more consistent approach to art making – I’m aiming at a full page scene a day and a new illustration a week. Yeah, I laughed too.
And perhaps there will be craft fairs afoot this year. I’ll be teaming up with the artist Embers & Ink at various intervals and hopefully you’ll see us hit the streets in and around Sheffield.