Thursday, 28 May 2015

Emerging From The Shadows


I believe each artist or creative person needs to be a little self analytical when it comes to the factors that cripple your creative flow and what enhances it. Making a note of the patterns may help you avoid pitfalls later on. There is nothing more depressing for a creative person than sitting in the studio staring at that empty metaphorical canvas feeling unable to muster up anything decent at all

I have found to my surprise that setting myself a target like a Craft fair or show can actually fire up my adrenaline and out of sheer fear of failure related impulses, I am able to become quite prolific and even innovative. The threat of a high end jewellery show on the horizon helped me to invent a technique for combining my wire sculpted work with my metal clay work, which may never have happened if I hadn't set up that challenge in the first place.

I also realised this week that when I feel overwhelmed with stressful life events like hospital appointments etc that I am unable to come up with what to do in the studio. I have found joining online workshops that last over a long period of time like Lifebook has been an absolute Godsend for me. I'd never tried a year long workshop before - I am finding myself at the beginning of the week being spoon fed a tutorial of techniques etc  and without really thinking just giving it a go! All my recent artwork and creative leaps have been as a result of letting go and following a course lol... the process is all the more rewarding when you share your progress and see other course members efforts for that week in the FB group. I highly recommend paying the fee and giving it a try :)

The real Kryptonite to my creative juices is always deep seated family issues - but in knowing this I can avoid it when necessary. For example I really need to be able to create right now to get me through my day to day medical stuff right now, so I know to avoid any contact with people or factors that will kill my mojo. I just mentally put those issues in a box and don't think about it until I know I'll be able to deal with it, when things are more stable. I only know all these things about myself through trial and error and trying to pick up on any patterns of creative behaviour I have in response to certain things. I hope this works for any of you too

The portrait in this post is called "Emerge" and it's about trying to emerge from the shadows and stay in the light, and the struggle we all have with that at times. The theme was prompted by a Life Book lesson of the week and I really went with it and came up with this mixed media self portrait of what I am going through right now. I hope you like it :)








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Friday, 22 May 2015

Grungey Mixed Media Book Covers



A Grungey Reversible Book Cover - one side has my Owls from "Let's Huddle" illustration , and the other has my recent expressive portrait ( as shown in my last blog post)

Creating these grungey book covers  has been a very enjoyable process. I especially enjoy incorporating my own artwork into the pieces. I get to rip the images up, scratch into them and scribble all over them too, it's a very cathartic process lol - meanwhile the originals are kept safe in pristine condition . I am so happy with the outcome that I plan to pop these in the Art's shop. I'm not particularly looking forward to the binding part but it will be worth it in the end :)

The material has such a leathery feel and is so flexible like a fabric that it has inspired me to carry out further media experimentations with it. I think 3D would be a good direction to go, either sewing pieces or using aluminium wire as armatures to create structures of some kind...I don't know yet, I need to let the ideas percolate a little while longer :)









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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Expressive Portrait



I had a real creative breakthrough today and managed to achieve an expressive painterly portrait fashioned from charcoal, gesso, acrylic paints and my new favourite Neocolours II crayons. I hope to be able to do more work in this loose style which I feel is more me!! I hope you like it and enjoy the close ups too :)







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Monday, 20 April 2015

Let's Huddle



A cutesy painting of a pair of huddling owls. I made it by cathartically slapping on gesso, acrylic paint and inks, then scratched into the layer with the back of a brush to create scribblings and patterns. I then sketched the precious little owls directly with the nozzle of the ink bottle . I hope you like it :)
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Pastel Lady



Sorry for the long absence, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes, but for now I will share with you an art journal entry. I am continuing to practice painting faces using layers of acrylic paints and have discovered the delights of using Neocolour II too!! Hope you like it ...
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Fallen Angel Art Journal Page

An angsty art journal mixed media entry - Fallen Angel :)
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Koi Fish Sculpture


This was my first attempt at sculpting in Super Sculpey. It's a wonderfully malleable material, and it retains a lot of detail even though it is so soft. I can see me using this material to create some of the fantasy figures I have in mind to go into my mixed media work, including my Pirate themed work...it's pretty exciting :)





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Pirate Treasure Chest Experimental Work




 
Stone Finish Tester
 
It's been a busy few weeks for me. I have been working on finishes for my Pirate treasure chests and altered books, using a host of mixed media materials and acrylic paints. I've been trying to unify the heavily textured surfaces , and wanted to combine an opulent feel as well as an organic shipwrecked theme. There will be ornate focals sometimes with gemstones, and sometimes featuring sculpted piece, so the finishes had to be able to be pushed back into the background too...

I am happy with my finishes and tester samples so far, I still have a long way to go, but they are starting to form in my mind more clearly now :)

Textured Metallic Effects
 



Bronze and Gilded Silver Effect Testers




Regal Red and Gold, Royal Blue and Natural Stone Finishes



Chalky Stone Finish
 



Weathered Mossy Stone Finish


Forest Green and Stone Finish Testers



Thanks for stopping by , I hope you enjoy seeing the progress :)
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Monday, 9 March 2015

Whimsical Barnyard Art Journal Entry



It's a Monday and I was in desperate need of whimsy lol. This is an Art Journal entry of mine inspired by the animated movie Chicken Run, and it depicts a whimsical "Early Morning Barnyard Inspection" ....it's a fun and colourful start to the week
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Dreamer Illustration

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Vignette



Beautiful cropped vignette taken from one of my mixed media books :)
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Saturday, 28 February 2015

House Of Cards Doodle

 

 
This doodle was the result of watching the last few episodes of House of Cards (season 2)!! I believe the intense political wranglings on the screen resulted in one of my most erratic, convoluted doodles yet!!

 I cannot wait for season 3, I'm a fan of the original British series and had been reluctant to watch the US version because of that....however so many friends were raving about it, I succumbed and am now officially hooked lol!! Ooh that Frank Underwood is devious one lol... it's very Shakespearian , a cross between Richard the Third and Macbeth !!

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Just officially Created the shop on Etsy



I have created the bare bones of the Arts shop on Etsy, which can be found at this url

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SamanthaBraundArts

I placed it under "Holiday Mode" until further notice, but it is wonderful to see things take shape :)
Now I just have to create a facebook page for it and link to this blog :)
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Seahorse Illustration



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Cafe Parisienne Collage



Café Parisienne Collage :)
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Armoured Heart

Testing the layout while I make changes
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