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August in the Prairie…

🐝🐞HELLO BEAUTIES! IT’S TIME FOR ENJOY THE PRAIRIE💚 KAREN PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A TRUE PLEASURE😍

Karen's Nature Art

August in the prairie
© 2018 Karen A Johnson

Every time I visit the prairie I seem to see or learn something new.  Today, bees were gathering pollen from grasses which I’d never seen before.  And I saw a male bumble bee chase off a bird, several dragonflies, and anything else within a 4 foot radius which was rather amusing.

In August the prairie is teeming with life, frantic to get everything accomplished before the summer season ends.  Yellow flowers are everywhere, waving high above my head as I wander down the path.  There are other colors, of course, but you have to slow down and look for them and once I do, other things can be found, like colorful wasps, delicate gaura flowers dancing on thin stems, and two different hummingbird moths.

I notice a large dragonfly take off and I slow down, bummed that I missed it.  After…

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August 2, 2019 · 10:09 PM

40 June paintings and some drawings

😉 HI DEARS, THE ART BY CORINNE HAS SO VARIETY. ENJOY IT!

Corinne maakt

I promised long ago to share the June pieces. As I wasn’t very lucky – health wise – with a painful shoulder I left it for a while. But I don’t want to leave it indefinitely. So I am collecting all June pieces here. Most days I worked on the series of squares. On other days, especially in early June, I went between acrylic painting and other media. There seem to be a few days missing, but I am finding them as I go. I have been keeping track rather loosely – most of the acrylic paintings were scanned. Not so the drawings done at home, away from home, all in different sketchbooks ;-). So there may be some I haven’t found, will add them later when I do find them.

June 1 or 2 : I drew Barbara the crocodile on her sofa. This was done on top of…

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July 6, 2019 · 7:23 PM

Two Brides

👸🎨WELL BEAUTIES, LET’S PAINT BEFORE A WEDDING😉

tiina lilja art

I have written a bit about the Two Brides before, first focussing on the element of painting a figurative portrait with the aid of photography and latterly to discuss the concept of failure as a creative practitioner.  This time, however, the piece is no longer a work in progress: I have indeed finished my first portrait of persons in nearly seven years.

Two Brides, painting by Tiina Lilja, oil on canvas (2019)

If you are a regular reader of my wee blog or you found yourself here via Instagram, I imagine you to be pretty familiar with Two Brides already.  I sketched out the foundations for this artwork in January 2019 and having moved house and struggled with achieving what I considered a good enough likeness, I worked on it in little bits until I was happy with the costumes, background and, of course, the identifying features of the faces and hands of my two subjects.  This one…

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July 3, 2019 · 1:42 AM

2.1 Develop a Visual Response

🍇🍋🍒HELLO DEARS! THE TREAT IS AN SKETCH FOR EACH PIECE OF FRUIT.

Contemporary Context

Task (extract): Using your trend book, your descriptive words and your gathered objects, develop a large body of visual research that explores the aesthetic, atmosphere, ideas and narratives within your trend using a range of methods: • drawing, using varied media, tools and approaches on a range of scales • collage, photography and any other image-making approaches • three-dimensional responses and small-scale making (three-dimensional drawing).

Summary of sketchbook work

I started by gathering my original palette and images and supplemented this with additional imagery and objects – with autumn approaching, different ‘harvests’ are ripening which have added depth to my photographic sources.  They also add a personal element as these are from my garden; it will be interesting to see if this proves a distraction from my trend-led brief or enriches it.  Added to this were the original descriptive words including ‘fresh, rich, ordered, invigorating’ and so on; following…

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June 17, 2019 · 10:36 PM

Sundays when the drinks can be fancy and the parks are the places to be…

🍀🎲 REMEMBER MY DEARS, THE ACCIDENTS, OFTEN CAN BE A CHANCE IN ART. AS A RANDOM OPTION. GREETINGS TO VIENNA 🎻🎶

bags scarves and pearls

I drew the picture directly at the park… Had a little ink accident and screwed the face… But at least I took an outdoor pic 🙂

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June 4, 2019 · 11:17 PM

Aus der Vergangenheit vor 10 Jahren: Die Lebensstufen der Frau – Gemälde von Susanne Haun

✴✴✴HELLO DEARS! THE ART BY SUSANNE DOESN’T NEED EXPLANATIONS. DANKE SCHÖN !

Susanne Haun

Vor 10 Jahren hatte ich eine museale Ausstellung im Schleswig Holstein Haus in Schwerin. Dafür malte ich auf eine 4 x 2 Meter  (800g/m²) großen Leinwand die Lebensstufen der Frau.

Marion von FindeSatz fragte mich in Zusammenhang mit ihrem Tagessatz vom 20. Oktober nach meinem Gemälde (siehe hier).

10 Jahre sind eine lange Zeit, ich würde die Lebensstufen der Frau heute vollständig anders interpretieren. Vielleicht werde ich dieses Projekt einmal in Angriff nehmen. Ich weiss noch, dass die Dame vom Museum fassungslos vor der Leinwand stand und meinte, das seien nun die Lebensstufen der Frau und im Vordergrund steht der Mann. Interessant 🙂

Ich habe einfach Fotos und Presse hochgeladen, damit ihr euch eine Vorstellung machen könnt. Die Leinwand hing durch ein Loch in der Decke und konnte nur vollständig gesehen werden, wenn der Besucher direkt neben der Leinwand stand. Dadurch rückte der Mann tatsächlich in den Vordergrund…

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May 14, 2019 · 11:12 PM

sketchbook in the Middle East

🛄🔃 HI SISTERS! LET’S A TOUR THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST. WHERE ARTISTS AND HOPE ARE ON WOMEN

MOWEN

Iran

Armenia

Georgia

Azerbaijan 

Mowen 

March to May 2018

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May 11, 2019 · 10:54 PM