Posts Tagged ‘art’

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two thumbs up

January 25, 2010

Yeah! I have my hands back, and with them a much improved outlook on life.

I find injuries so frustrating because it means taking a break from the activities I love and in a sense, losing a piece of myself too. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to avoid the frustration that reluctantly draws me inwards and away from the light. It seems especially silly given what sorts of things other people around the world are dealing with every day.

In any case, I’m happy to be “back” and to celebrate, I experimented with drawing this weekend. It’s a tepid start into something I’ve done so little of but I hope to carve time for more of it in the future.

experimenting with chalk

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craving art!

April 25, 2009

While I was away my art supplies arrived at the in-laws and I’ve so been looking forward to playing with the paint and making my first attempts at drawing.  At the pace I’m going at it’s really going to be hard to get all my readings done for my anthroposophy course.  Oops!

I had really thought I would do some reading during our trip but 30 pages was about all I could manage.  Ocean waves are so mesmerizing and the 12 1/2 hours of daylight didn’t leave much time for enjoying a book outdoors.  I did the most reading as a way to calm down after seeing so many creepy crawlies outside of our tent on the last night.  I’m good with most bugs but I’d never seen that many beetles and sow bugs and I’d be quite happy to avoid a similar situation again.  Instead of falling swiftly into dreamland I was moderately freaking out about them being in all our gear or inside the tent.  Reading definitely helped.

Despite my lack of reading I feel like I learned so much on all fronts during our trip and I’m really looking forward to the days when my occupation brings me to such an active learning environment on a regular basis.  I’m also excited about painting for “real” in the next few days.

I now have the “basic” set of colours: golden and lemon yellow; crimson and vermillion red, ultramarine and prussian blue.  I’m also on the lookout for a used chalkboard so I can try my hand at drawing on a larger surface.  Waldorf classrooms look so amazing in part because of the artwork teachers are able to come up with for the black boards.  Bright colourful chalk helps and now I have some of that too.  I think it’s going to take me a while to build back my drawing skills, thus why I’m wanting to start now!

I purchased a recorder a few months back so that I could figure out the melodies to some songs in books I borrowed from the school here.  I don’t remember enjoying the recorder when I was in grade 4 but I love it now.  It was so hard to be without it during vacation but the opportunity to try the kinder harp for the first time certainly made up for it.  In the kindergarten the teacher used it to create light, soothing music to help the children prepare for their afternoon nap.  I didn’t know what I was doing but I was able to make up some pretty nice melodies.  That pentatonic scale makes musical experimentation so easy and satisfying!

I’ve got a lot of things to do this weekend but here is a photo from my first art experiment – I’ll be writing out the words to one of the new songs we’re using in playgroup so that it’s easier for the parents to follow along.

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It’s really interesting to see how the colour moves on the paper.  I changed this painting a number of times – creating the green on the outside and then unpainting some of it so that the green didn’t look so solid.

I don’t claim that it’s beautiful bt it was fun to do and definitely a nice start.  I’m going to try another one with a yellow wash across the page first.  I’ll have to wait and see what happens!

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everybody needs art part ii

April 1, 2009

“Painting” tonight was so much fun.  This was my first kick at it since I can remember so while they might not look too cool they represent some pretty significant milestones to me!

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Playing around just seeing how some of the colours work.

I liked the look of the trees (you can see part of them at the bottom) and that purple and orange blob on the left and my first “work of art” became an extension of those two things.  And of course with my enjoyment of the rock book I had to try drawing a few of those too.

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I’m really enjoying this art thing I’ve rediscovered through Waldorf – I’ve been needle felting, knitting, reading great books, playing recorder and now “painting”.  And there’s so much more still!