It’s nearly a year since we last met together and eleven months since we were painting these daffodils in the first of our series of poetry illustrations! These paintings are also on show as part of our exhibition of work at Conwy Culture Centre – on the centre’s windows facing into the park.
This week’s challenge was subtractive drawing – or simply put: making a picture by rubbing a white image out of a sheet covered with charcoal. Confused? Just look at the work below! First in was Trish with a beautifully observed avocet, and followed by Mavis with an impressionistic apple and pears.
Roman poet Horace said : “A picture is a poem without words.” What he would have made of our poems which are made of words, we will never know. Concrete poetry was our inspiration this week and we were following in the footsteps of poets such as John Hollander and his swan poem/poem swan. SwanContinue reading “Pictured in words”
Sue’s challenge to us this month was to take a surreal Picasso portrait of a woman sleeping – in monochrome – and make it our own. First in was Trish’s colourful slumbering figure, followed by a tattooed woman by Mavis. They were followed by not one, but two sleeping beauties from Beth followed by Rachel’sContinue reading “Picasso’s sleeping woman”
Creating life-like feathers in watercolour was Chloe’s challenge this month. First to take flight were Bethan’s, followed by a whole host of feathers from Anne and then some more …this time from Rachel. And then a further five feathers fluttering in from Trish. Plus an extra two on greetings cards, later! Just in are Chrissie’sContinue reading “A flight of feathers…”
Hands up all those who can name the world’s first abstract artist! Nope… it was actually a Swedish woman – Hilma af Klint – whose work is inspiration for this week’s session, created by Sue. Klint was way ahead of the better known Kandinsky but decreed her work would only be shown 20 years afterContinue reading “Abstract with a twist”
Words and images harmoniously collide in black-out poetry – and no, it doesn’t involve using your nain’s curtains from the Blitz! It’s about finding the poetry hidden amongst the text of a sheet of newspaper, or an old book or magazine and then vamping it up. First in was Trish with an eco-themed black outContinue reading “Black out poetry”
New year, new calendar! And with these wonderful creations combining a calendar and a memo pad – made with inspiration from Chloe – there’s no excuse for forgetting what day it is!
Well, here we are at the end of an unforgettable year with so much to be celebrated. We’re raising a virtual glass to everyone who took part in Still Life in 2020. Colourful abstract paintings were a Technicolor shot in the arm (and one that didn’t need to be deep frozen!) Embracing self-portraiture in drawingContinue reading “Blwyddyn Newydd Da …. Happy New Year!”
Who can resist a handmade card? Not when they are are as Christmassy as these! As the first commercial Christmas card, from 1843, goes on sale for around $25,000, we have created priceless – and very individual versions. These future collectables have been made by Rachel (top row) and in her trademark blue; a rainbowContinue reading “Hey! Wait a minute Mr Postman…”