Thursday, December 31, 2015
I held my first Art retreat and taught classes in my new studio.
My web page is finally a reality, boy did I ever put that off for a long time but it's pretty sweet, check it out if you get a chance. loribradfordsart.com
Now it's time to make a few plans for 2016 and I have a number of things that I want to get accomplished.
Since we won't have to spend so much time in the summer building our house as it's almost done I think it's time to really get down to work and get some serious painting and teaching done.
I'm planning 2 art retreats, one in June and the other in September. Watch the web page for the details just as soon as I can get thing organized for that. I have a number of classes that I teach and if you are interested in coming to my studio for lessons or want me to come teach a class in your town then email me and we can get something going.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We are heading back to our home in Saskatchewan from our home in Brownsville so I'm trying to write this with my tablet in the truck while driving.
I surround myself self with things to do so I dont get too bored.
We have driven this trip over a dozen times so looking at the scenery just doesn't cut it anymore.
Instead I pack reading, drawing, painting and even a few computer games.
Drawing zendoodles is pretty impossible, the road is too bumpy but I can messy draw and messy paint. I came up with the name car art to discribe what I do.
I have a wonderful little Koi watercolour set and a water brush. Add a Strathmore watercolor journal and I'm set.
No mistakes, no worries how things turn out. Just put down colours, let my mind wonder as we make our way back north.
Friday, April 17, 2015
I watched his site for a long time admiring all the wonderful creations people were posting and now have finally done a few myself.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The set arrived in the mail and it looks so amazing all lined up in it's tin container that I am having a hard time taking them out and using them. The possibilities inside that tin are endless! There are so many pieces of art just waiting to be made.
Thank You Natalie at Heart Your Art.
I thought I would share the web page with you all and let you know that there is another contest running right now for a set of Gelatos. Enter, You may be as lucky as I was.
Never mind – there will be another new competition next month, so if you didn’t win, there are plenty more chances
The winner, drawn by random.org from over 200 entries, is lori.bradford – Congratulations! As soon as we hear from you with your address, we’ll be sending out your pack. We can’t wait to see what you do with them, and hope you love them as much as we do
In the meantime, please keep sharing. If you have examples of how you’ve used these products (or any really!), we’d love to hear about it!
Creative Heartist @ Heart Your Art
1. Which one word or phrase would you pick to sum up your artistic style?
Colorful. I work in all kinds of styles while I'm looking for my own artist voice I use many different mediums and try all kinds of different art forms but the one constant is the bright colors in my work.
I don’t think I could stop even if I wanted to. Being creative has been the one constant in my life. It is my therapy, my relaxation, my happy place. I try to do it every day even if it's just a doodle of my morning coffee cup.
I have very happy memories of working with my mom and daughters in my craft shop way back in the 80's. That was a special time for me.
Don't be afraid to fail, not even a few times. Keep practicing, work at it and never give up. I guess that is more than one piece of advice to 10 year old me, but I sure could have used all of that back then.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
|Heritage Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada. North East of Prince Albert.|
I was floating around on the internet one day and came across some paintings of canoes that were just fascinating to me. I thought I had written the name of the artist down, I probably did, on a scrap of paper that immediately got lost in the pile on my office desk. I couldn't find the name, but I remembered the art. The pictures were so impressive that I couldn't get them out of my head and I kept looking for the artist. I remembered it was a lady and she was Canadian but nothing else.
|Serenity Camp at Heritage Lake were I hang out for a few days every summer with some amazing women.|
Like some of us do when we see art that we like, we try making it ourselves. We study it and attempt to make something similar.
The first time I tried drawing the canoe my friend told me it was a really strange way to draw a chicken! I guess it did kind of look chickenish and we both had a good laugh when I told her what it was supposed to actually be.
Here it is, in my journal. I guess the circle at the top made my friend think it was an eye.
I tried again, a different canoe shape this time and this is what that looked like.
This time I painted on a piece of recycled cardboard. I liked the odd shape of it and the little quote on the side were random lines that I cut out of an old paperback.
It says "And there where water lapped at his fatigue he waded out into the water". Nonsense words or a message about a friend's son who had committed suicide the week that I painted this? I try not to think about those things to hard.
Next came a bigger painting. A canvas this time, I was getting braver I guess.
There are still a couple ideas floating around in my head so I think I will add a few more canoes to my fleet.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
|Not much good about this one!|
This page was a ugly mess and there is not much nice I can find in it. Except maybe how I layered the feather stamps and ended up with those black and blue feathers.
It's about learning, right. Trying new things and not worrying what anyone else thinks. That's what's great about working in a journal or on recycled cardboard.
At first my pieces all looked dull and flat but then I remembered that like any other piece of art, the artist must always remember the rules.
Things like value, color, texture, composition and shape all have to be considered no matter what kind of creative adventure you are on.
I was having trouble with colour at first. The back grounds all looked dull and muddy.
Turquois, yellow, green and pink sound like a great combination and they are but don't mix them all together at once. Three of those would work but when you I added the pink when the other colours were still wet they blended into a brown mud pile. That is because I was using warm and cool colours at the same time. I started layering them instead. Starting with a cool layer and once it was dry adding a warm layer and repeating that until I was happy with the effect. Much cleaner, much more pleasing.
So even though the rules tell you not to mix your warms and your cools it never hurts to find a way around it. You have to know the rules but then don't be afraid to break a few of them.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Ted was born in 1928 in England but immigrated to Canada. Ted's biography says that he had his first art show at the Public Library in Whitehorse in 1969 and his career as an artist took off from there. He was living in Vancouver, BC when he passed away.
In addition to his work as a painter, Ted has written several children’s books and illustrated both “The Cremation of Sam McGee” and “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Robert Service.
He designed of Yukon Pavilion for Vancouver Expo’ 86 and the design of a Canada Post Christmas Stamp in 1996.
His paintings can be found in private and public collections throughout Canada, and in New Zealand, Japan, Germany and the United States. In 1987 he received the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture.
I love the way he painted and have been influenced by Mr. Harrison. I dug out these old paintings I did a long time ago, when I heard the sad news of his passing.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
|This pattern is called Braidle|
I wasn't satisfied with just one tile though, they were so much fun to do, that I did 4. The guidelines for this challenge was that it was supposed to be a monotangle, one pattern, and fill up the whole page right to the edges. Also we had to put the number 200 in there somewhere. Can you find my 200's?
Thursday, January 15, 2015
|Art is not a thing, it's a way.|
One of my favorite things to do during the long winter, especially since our weather isn't that great and I don't feel guilty for staying inside out of the cold, is take a couple on-line art classes.
There are hundreds of options for classes so I first have to find an artist who's work appeals to me. Then I see if I can afford it, some classes are really high, to me that is anything over $50.00 and some are as low as $5-7, there are even free classes.
I sighed up for Kate Crane's Journal Soup classes 1 and 2. Here is a link so you can check it out if you like. http://www.thekathrynwheel.blogspot.com/. Kate is from the UK. Once converted to Canadian funds, I ended up paying just over $18.00 for the Journal Soup 1 and under $35.00 for the bigger Journal Soup 2 class.
|What I love most about my home is who I share it with.|
Kate has mastered the art of Mixed Media but I have a long way to go to feel comfortable with all those layers of gesso, paint, stamps and pens. It's very easy to end up with a page of MUD.
Even with the mud pages though nothing is wasted. A little more gesso and you start again. How forgiving is that!
|It's not enough to have the feather, you must dare to fly.|
Monday, January 12, 2015
The house building went great this past summer and we made enough progress to actually move into the place. Yahoo! Running water instead of running for the water. We take our comforts for granted and living without them for even a short time really makes you appreciate them. A stove, hot water, a flush toilet and a washer and dryer actually in the same building as your dirty cloths are all things you can do without but boy is it nicer to live in a house that has them.
|I learned how to bake fruit cobbler in the BBQ.|
We will be back to work on the rest of our house in the spring, the bottom level is still unfinished and we will have to decide on some type of flooring even if Bernie thinks that plywood floors are wood floors and will be just fine.
The bottom level is where my studio is going to be and I am very excited to put that space together. I have all kinds of ideas floating around in my head and my pinterest board is filling up with lots of pictures of other people's studios. It's going to be a great big space with room for classes, workshops and art retreats.
Here are a few pictures from the past summer.
|We built a green/hot house and some raised garden beds.|
|I had a booth at the Cathedral Village Art show and at the Tobin Lake Art Show.|
|Went for a couple of hikes in the forest around our place and found this little Earth Star.|
|Tiling the kitchen island was one of my jobs.|
|I did a little doodling on the top of a lidded box that sits beside my chair and holds a bunch of my art supplies.|
|I tried paddle boarding.|
|Our hops survived and thrived and we picked our first crop.|
|Cut firewood in the fall.|
|Enjoyed the wonderful view from the deck of our new home.|