I was working with my friend Deb recently trying to reproduce some Flora Bowley intuitive art. I was given some Magic ink for my birthday ( acrylic ink) and I had been wondering how to use them. Flora Bowley produces large colourful semi abstract pieces you can see her work at http://braveintuitiveyou.com/blog/
We started small building up layers, using acrylic paint and ink. I love the first 3 or 4 layers but find it hard to see shapes to work to develop the work further.
I bought Flora’s art journal ‘ Brave Intuitive Painting: A Journal For Living Creatively’ – which is a collection of finished art work – examples of motifs and pages with prompts for you to work on. I thought it might help me see more shapes in my work
Below is a step by step and my initial piece with some shapes drawn into it
I am loving the technique and have produced lots of versions – but I am still struggling to see shapes . I made a version with another friend – and she managed to see a tree. However I over worked it and ended up doodling on it- I am not sure if it is finished yet.
This is the example with the tree
Bringing out the shapes using pale acrylic
Overworked and resorting to doodling
I suppose the idea is to take the process and make it your own – I will keep going because I am learning so much.
I grew up enjoying reading comics and always appreciated the format – how the page could be divided to create the impression of action , the cropping of images and speech bubbles
Recently at the Mancheter Metrapolitan University Summer Insitiute of Qualatititve inquiry (http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/) I saw a seminar by Linda Knight who was researching how the graphic novel could be used as a research method ( more info can be found on her blog Lindaknight1965.wordpress.com)
I have tried a couple of times before to do a comic strip , but wasn’t happy with the techniques I was using (Doing art everyday for 2 years has its plus points). I had a stinking migraine the other week and felt inspired to do some image making based around this experience and my irritable bowel – the two are linked in my head
I have used – fine liner, grey felt pen and my go to blackmail letter type lettering
Number 1 is Irritable bowel
I have tried to inject an element of humour. I struggle with cartoon figures so I have borrowed heavily from Picasso – I am not really sure my IBS ought to be talked about on the same page as Guernica but I do like those figures writhing around in the stomach
Number 2 Hemiplegic Migraines
I am well at the moment , my really bad migraines seem to be under control with drugs and not teaching at school. This is technique and way of working is fun . I am going to have to play some more