Friday, March 27, 2015

Broken Too: The Art

Broken 2 doll scan 01


The broken one knew the scars would be there forever. She knew the healing would last a lifetime. But she also knew there was hope for a brighter, happier, more peaceful future. The other (who needed to be gone) was gone. Her survival was proof

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Broken One: The Doll

Broken 1 doll photo 01


She was broken. The other one... the one who hurt her... neither knew the extent of the damage... nor did he care. He only wanted to touch, to control, and to own. When her head hit the floor, he only stood and waited for her to rise so he could do it again. Eventually he walked away and she regained her posture although she would never be the same again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Toys

New toys 01


Batch 1:

Thrift store toys 01

Rummaging through dolls in the toy section of my favourite thrift store H2O is an emotional experience. It is like going to an orphanage and wanting to take everyone home. I pick up a doll and look at the face. If she (most of them are 'she's) looks back at me, I take a moment and regard her. I ask myself if I can use the doll as a subject in a painting or other art project.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snapshot Sunday: Week 02

Frog 01 photo KmB



Week two of a new blogging project which was inspired by a fellow blogger  Living and Teaching Abroad.  Caroline, began the idea of posting weekly with photos to share her world in Kuwait and invited readers to submit to her blog.  She posts her pictures along with whoever shares.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finished Painting: Rummage

Painting: Rummage 01

I know I just posted a Show and Tell yesterday, but I finished a painting today and I am anxious to show it off. I shared about it earlier when I started it on Work in Progress and here it is all nice and finished. All I need to do is let it dry and paint the canvas edges with black acrylic. I call it 'Rummage.'

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Show and Tell: Global Meltdown

Painting: Global Meltdown 01


I tried non-objective painting... only a couple of times... in painting classes at university. It was a bit of a challenge for me since I usually prefer doing representational and subjective art. For this one, we were (as homework) to make ten experimental pieces on 10”square primed watercolour paper. We were to build up layers, paying attention to colour, texture and shape.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Snapshot Sunday: Week 01

Willamette Valley storm KmB


Sometimes we are able to show others what our world is like in a single photograph. National Geographic is proof of that. We 'armchair travellers' can see the world and never leave the comfort of our own homes. We get a global view that spans many cultures.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Black Bean Blue

Black bean dye 01


As seen before in my previous posts Walnut Juice and Oak Gall Soup, I have been experimenting and learning how to use natural materials as fabric dyes and art supplies. While I was researching to make the dyes, I saw mentions of using black beans for a nice blue colour. This intrigued me so much I thought I would try it. It is both easy and fun!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Show and Tell: As Big as a Mountain

Troll: As Big as a Mountain 01

“Trolls are gigantic, and repulsive to look at. Most often they are clad in skins. Their noses are long and crooked, and their eyes are as big as pools of water. When a troll walks on solid ground, it looks as if it is wading in a mire. It treads so heavily that it sinks down, sometimes all the way up to its knees.”

~ Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore by Tor Age Bringsvaerd

This is another screen print from my folklore inspired artwork I call “Hidden Folk.” The sketch for this one was actually the very beginning of my love affair with using folk tales, faerie stories, and mythology in my artwork. I did this print during the same printmaking class as A Tonal Wizard. Both pieces were inspired by reading stories in a book, Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore by Tor Age Bringsvaerd. (I tried to contact the author through Facebook to share about my work, but no response yet.)