Thursday, 10 May 2018

Because we're moving...

... and the packing and cleaning and sorting and disposing and opening and closing boxes is really getting out of hand, I find creative time is at a premium.  Until I get into my new studio, I thought you might like to take a look at some projects from the past.

This delightful creature,

Horsefeathers © Win Dinn
was conceived for Art Trot  and you'll find a trail from the previous link through to here and the grand finale.

Another project that took for-flippin'-ever was A Case for Gardening.  It was all that carving out of the book pages that had me cross-eyed and not-quite-sane, but the result is still a favourite.

A Case for Gardening © Win Dinn
I'm still loving these shoes (although they're packed now).



Their story is here and here.

Only twelve days to go until we move, and then into a studio again.  I'm chomping at the bit, can you tell?!



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Drum roll, please...

...and the winner of 'The New Hood' wonky houses painting is Val van der Poel, of Creston, BC.  This is the first time I've had a local win one of my draws - no mailing required, unless I can't get her out of her gardening mode! Thanks for sharing and playing, Val. 😊

And on the Good News front, spring has arrived here, and we're enjoying the results of John's labour over the past eleven years in the form of a spring bouquet.


Is it any wonder that the blossoms are so beautiful, given the gorgeous blue skies and sunshine that are filling every corner of our world?


Inside the house is perhaps not so gorgeous - the corners and every available space seems to be filling up with boxes.  And here I thought we'd done a good job of purging.


The cupboards are slowly emptying,


the artwork is being packed away,


and the shelves are starting to look bare in some areas.


This all means, of course, that time for creativity is somewhat at a premium.  I'm mostly unleashing it in the form of cookie baking, which is not the best thing for the waistline!

Never mind, the move will be over in three weeks, and it will be back to the literal drawing board.  In the meantime, I'm wishing you a creative blitz so you can feed mine vicariously! 


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Art buddies are the best...

...and this town is chock-a-block full of people that tickle my art fancy.  I was invited this week to play with Lynne Mizera, whose fully-equipped studio is just down the road from where I'm currently living.

While I neglected to take any photos (or even to take my camera) during the afternoon, I brought home a raft of Mad Scientist Experiments created with Distress Oxides and, eventually, a wee bit of embossing.  Given that I'd played with neither before (how did that happen????), it was a blast.

Distress Oxide over embossing on cardstock
Due to the soft weave of the watercolour paper, I was less enamoured of the quiet look.  I'm definitely not the understated type, am I?

Distress Oxide on watercolour paper

 I was more enthusiastic about the cardstock pieces, though.

Distress Oxide on cardstock

Distress Oxide on cardstock
Distress Oxide on cardstock
It was interesting to note that the Yupo paper did not set the Oxides at all, until Lynne got really creative and mixed Oxides with about the same amount of water, left the slop mix to dry for an hour or so, and then tested it again.   The water diluted the Oxide enough so that it set that time.  I was not so patient, and found that I could finger blend the piece I did (Is there an advantage there?  Maybe!).

Distress Oxide on Yupo paper
I was all exciterpated about the Oxides used on photograph paper.  They dried very dull, but when wiped off with baby wipes, came over all glossy and showed some unexpected colours.  I was practically foaming at the mouth with the results. 

Distress Oxides on photo paper

Distress Oxides on photo paper

Distress Oxides on photo paper


Distress Oxides on photo paper


Distress Oxides over embossing on cardstock

All in all, it couldn't have been a better afternoon.  I hope you've had some artistic adventures this week - catch me up in the comments below, please!  


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sometimes when I get an idea...

...in my head, it's hard to shake (the idea, that is...my head shakes quite easily ☺️).  This journal page was one of those.



I was experimenting with alcohol inks on crumpled aluminum foil with an aim towards making another wonky neighbourhood piece, and created this quiet (HA!) beauty.  Doesn't that just knock your socks into left field?


Back to the drawing board, where I spray-glued the scrunched foil to printer paper, and then painted on/rubbed off some black gesso.


I wound up with these two pieces of paper,


which gave me the richer colour I was looking for once the inks were applied.


Tearing the papers into sections, I applied them to a black-gessoed spread in my journal, and realized they'd morphed into a standing stone image.  So much for the wonky houses, right?

I applied some Inka Gold in both the sky and ground,


and then added some sugar dust to the sky and two final stones to finish the page.   


I was interested in the negative spaces created by the stones, so I took some closer shots for posterity.








Those alcohol ink foils are truly delicious, no?

What's happening in your creative world right now?  Please share in the comments below, and feel free to add a link if you like.



Thursday, 5 April 2018

Did I say wonky?

I definitely meant wonky.  These houses are so far out of line they'd have sent my strict school-teacher mother bananas.

'The New Hood' mixed media on paper © Win Dinn 2018
Here's what happened.  I'd a yen to turn this collage into a stencil.


 With a Sharpie pen sketch and some judicious cutting, my trusty stencil burner did the job nicely.


I found this yummy Gelli print in my stash, and using the ghost print, created a faint design with some red paint.

Because I'd not been as generous with the paint as I could have been, the design was less than clear so I utilized that Sharpie again and did some outlining in black.  I scrumbled some green grass in the foreground with a stamp pad, just because I could.


Adding several layers of blue acrylic paint mixed with iridescent pearl in the sky area lightened things up considerably.


By the time I added some work in oil pastels the whole neighbourhood was rocking.

'The New Hood' mixed media on paper ©Win Dinn 2018

John and I are pretty sure that the house on the left is our new one (it's because of the tiny garage, says he).  I can hardly wait to meet the neighbours!





If you've got a yen to own this painting, why not share this post to your favourite social media?  Let me know where you've shared it in the comments below, and I'll put your name in a draw for each time you do so.  April 30 is the draw date, so get those fingers working!

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