Sunday, 15 July 2012

Courses, Courses!

I have had a few courses so far this year.  After finishing the C&G I've added a acrylic painting course with Flora Bowley, a couple of courses with Sally Jean and yesterday I spent with Sarah Ross-Thompson.

The Flora Bowley course I became very frustrated with.  It's all online and they make all the videos in HD.  Now I know I struggle with online videos here because of our internet, it even takes half an hour or so to let a two minute YouTube stream in, but I really for the life of me can't see the importance of HD on a computer screen anyway let alone one that, for me at least, literally takes days to download.  I gave up in the end and I'm still waiting for the book I was promised to arrive.  I'm sure it will but all the good intentions and directions this course was supposed to invoke went right out the window on about week three. 

The Sally Jean course was another online one.  I haven't done any soldering for years and wanted a refresh.  She was fun and informative and I now have a whole stack of glass, copper tape and solder to make use of and I am scouting about for items to put to use.  It is the sort of thing you need to set up for a long session so when I have quite a few things I will set too.
Just a few of the pieces from Sally Jean practice.  I have plans...!

And the lovely Sarah Ross-Thompson we met during the Dorset Art Weeks. 

We liked her work so much in fact we bought a couple of prints, not like us because we usually avoid the word 'print' preferring to buy an original.  The collagraph prints are totally different though where there is a very limited print run and, because of the inking process, each one is individual.  



Yesterday was spent in a huge heap of stuff and glue learning different ways of creating depth of tone where plastic, shiny items (parcel tape, PVA) would resist the ink and print as white and absorbent, ridged items (scrim fabrics, scratches) would hold the ink and print as dark.  There is plenty to read about on her website.



One of our late babies sitting outside my studio window.  They've all become very used to us in there now and really don't take any notice so we can be very, very close to the birds.  It really is quite wonderful.

And the little boxes...


 All snuggled up in layers and layers of threads ready to be transformed. 


And the sun has come out on St Swithin's day!! There were one or two drops earlier but we're hoping Mother will ignore them and take into account She has already done more than 40 days and 40 nights worth of rain!! 





8 comments:

  1. This post is fascinating with snippets of your artistic endeavors.

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    1. Thanks Terra, I wish I could focus more and go beyond the snippets though!

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  2. Wow, so many interesting things to create and learn. I'm going to google now all the classes you did, they sound really interesting. Shame about the video tutorial, hope you manage to continue the class with the book. Can't wait to see what you make next with your soldering. You've got me all excited about wanting to learn again now.

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    1. Yes, the soldering is great. I can actually see a use for that one. The painting class could be a little too flowery for me but I liked her style and use of colour, we'll see about the book!

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  3. Sorry to hear that the Flora Bowley class was disappointing. You seem to be finding plenty of other things to inspire you though. The soldering looks good and I bet you are having fun with the collagraphs.

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    1. Yes, quite a few things! If only I could focus on being good at just one maybe!! lol. The collagraphs are just something I want to have a go at as I have never really doing any kind of printing before. They are quite in-depth.

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  4. Can you not get those courses as CDRoms? The lady I learn machine embroidery records her classes as downloads, but will post them to people who have Internet problems! What a shame, the other classes look very exciting! How on earth did you get those boxes so uniformly round? I can do it with the postie's elastic bands, but your boxes fascinate me, is this it, or is there more?

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    1. CD's are something they may eventually do, it was a question asked at the time. At the very least I am the owner of some very large blank canvases!

      Tights, wool and lots of overlocker thread. Wind, wind and wind some more. I have done them before, just have to add the over stitching. ;-)

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