Thursday, June 12, 2008

Inuit Women's Art and yet more trees....!

This is the finished three tree drawing. I really enjoyed this piece. Looks a million times better in real life but don't they
Guess what...another tree design. I am not too enthused with this one for some reason. I may improve upon it in the future.
This is a very decorative and stylised leaf design I drew sometime ago. It made a nice image for a greeting card.
Young Mother And Children from Inuit Women Artists. This is my absolute favourite from the book. I love the bold, graphic quality of the illustration and the cute little children, especially the tiny one on her shoulder.
Affectionate Mother from Inuit Women Artists
Bird Landscape from Inuit Women Artists
Red-necked Loon from Inuit Women Artists
Woman Proudly Sewing from Inuit Women Artists. This is one of my favourite illustrations from the book. I love that little baby cuddled into his mum's neck.

I have an extensive (some say too extensive) library of inspirational, art and craft books. One I have had for many years is "Inuit Women Artists" and is a very large book filled with wonderful illustrations, many stone carved, of inuit or eskimo life in the Cape Dorset area of Baffin Island. There are about 9 women featured and it details their beautiful artwork, inspired by their culture and their environment.

It is a whole world away from what we understand and their lives can be very difficult due to the extremely harsh elements they survive in. Until I bought this book many years ago I had never even thought of the inuit having any artistic or craft traditions, but they do and they are wonderful Their work is quite naive and primitive in some ways but quite complex in others and has a lovely graphic quality. I hope you find these illustrations as inspiring as I do.

I was so pleased with my three pen and ink and watercolour trees from my last post that I decided to work the image up into a finished drawing. The trees came to represent spring, summer and autumn because of their tones of green and I added a contemporary figure to fill the picture our a bit more. I am quite pleased with the result. I am becoming a real fan of ink cross-hatching these days. Prior to this I always added tone to a drawing using pointillism (tiny dots of ink) but that technique is so laborious that it takes about an hour to produce a small square (1") of drawing. Cross-hatching is wonderfully quick and you can see the drawing taking shape much more rapidly. I still prefer pointillism for realistic looking animals or birds and portraits though.


A bird in the hand said...

Hello, Cathy! Thanks for visiting my blog. You're very kind.
I must say you're pretty talented yourself! I love what I see here.

I have several Inuit friends here and since the Inuit are part of Canada, I'm very familiar with their art. I especially love the inukshuk, a symbol rather than art, but a powerful one. It's our Olympics logo.

Cheers, Colette

Cathy said...

I didn't know what the inukshuk was Colette so I had a look in google images. It is an intriguing symbol and a lovely one. Thanks for your nice comments.

Sandy Mastroni said...

Cathy The first drawing is WONDERFUL .... your lady by the three trees . I like it very much.
I love her skirt and the patterns in the trees

I also like the painting of the woman with the accordian .

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Sandy. I really enjoyed drawing and painting all those

jenscloset said...

I just love your blog! My blog wants to grow up to be your blog! Thanks for commenting at mine! Jen

Cathy said...

That's really funny Jen. I think the thing about blogs is the more you do them the better they