Sunday, July 12, 2009

Angels And Birds - What More Could You Want?

Quite late with my blog this week as everything seems to have taken ages to do. All that detail I suppose. Artists who draw minimalistic artwork must have so much more time for reading and browsing the Internet than people who like to draw detail.

Whisper A Secret - digital drawing
This is my latest pen and ink drawing which is unfinished. It is called The Voyagers for the moment but that could change. I still have quite a bit of drawing to do to finish the boat. I find that scanned drawings never look as good as photographed ones. You lose a lot of the detailed pen marks and everything tends to become greyed. I will probably photograph this when it is completed.
The rooks are finished now. I didn't add very much really because I didn't want to spoil them. It is so easy to spoil a drawing as I can tell you from experience...ha ha. I will be drawing some more rooks now I have the knack.
Pen and ink hare drawing which took ages to do and I am not 100 percent satisfied with it.
I received another lovely blog award from fellow blogger Kat of Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes. Kat is a cat loving (wouldn't you know it?) poet and writer and has a very interesting and entertaining blog.

I snapped this fellow turning over leaves on a wet day last autumn in Richmond Park in London. It must have been a fruitful exercise because there were several crows peering under leaves. The members of the crow family are fascinating birds. They are all highly intelligent and crows and rooks can learn to do quite amazing things.
I enjoy looking at crow and rook pictures and other black birds. Here is Valerie McLean's beautiful crow painting
These brooches are by jewellery designer Anna de Ville who is self-taught and is inspired by nature to produce her lovely quirky pieces. Her website is here and you can also find her work here.

Starling Brooch
Bird Brooches
Running Hare Brooch
I found these delightful artworks on the Flickr site of blueshineart here. I love the birds perched on her arms.

If She Could Fly
Mother
Girls and I
It is nearly Art In Action time again. This is a huge marqueed art and craft extravaganza which is held in the beautiful grounds of Waterperry House in Oxfordshire. (Rowan Atkinson lives in the village if anyone is interested...ha ha) I visited in 2006 and 2007 but I am not sure that I will be able to go this year. Just in case I don't I have posted below some of the photos from the 2006 event. All disciplines are covered and some of the artists are very well known as it is really the cream of the crop in the art and craft world. It is primarily designed for the artists to demonstrate their particular area of expertise although their work is for sale and there is a massive marquee selling their work.

If you enlarge the photos you can see the artists names.

This is in the textiles tent and this is tapestry artist Joan Baxter. Kirsten Glassbrook was also exhibiting at this show and it was lovely to see these two wonderful artists and their huge looms.
Joan Baxter demonstrating.
This is in the illustration tent and somewhere behind this press of people is Hannah Firmin who is a very well known printmaker and illustrator. She gave a fascinating display of linocutting.
This is in the stained glass tent.
This is in the Living Sculpture tent. The sculptor was a joy to watch.
If felt is your thing that you could do no better than visit 3FUN at her Etsy shop here where she handmakes her felt jewellery. Her work is beautifully bright, contemporary and fun.

Lush Line Abstract Flower Necklace
Tears Of The Phoenix Necklace
Purple and Green Bracelet
The images below are the paintings of Russian artist Alexander Anufriev. He was born in Russia in 1940 and educated at an art school for gifted children. In 1980 Anufriev emigrated to the USA and now lives and works in Washington. He is strongly inspired by Renaissance art and he says of his art "When I paint, I stand between the heavens and the earth trying to make the invisible visible. I find his pictures beautifully simple, mysterious and contemporary and could look at them all day. You can find lots more of his art at London Art.

Evening Harvest
Angel With Roses
Angel With Earth
Angel With Bird
Musicians
A Question
Untitled

32 comments:

~ Phyllis ~ said...

I love your colorful trees. Your detailed drawings are well worth the wait. Love the rooks and hare.
That tree branch added just the right touch. The hare looks as if he is in deep thought.

Caroline said...

Hi Cathy! Your Rooks turned out superbly - please make some cards! I do love looking at bird pics too - what a great selection you've given us! The brooches are lovely but my favourite has to be the painting by Valerie Maclean.I can almost hear him cawing! I went to Art in Action once, years ago and thoroughly enjoyed my day out - exhausting but so inspiring! Had never heard of Anufirev - my, but his paintings are so serene! I love the colours he uses, particularly in Untitled!
Lovely post, thanks Cathy!
Caroline x

Flora May said...

Great stuff as ever - I am in LOVE with your rooks...so much personality in their faces!

That stained glass tent looks interesting....

Holly Zemak said...

Hi Cathy, Your Rooks came out wonderful, the tree has a soft feel to the edges. It is hard not to add too much detail and make a piece too busy. Enjoyed Anna de Ville's jewellery, I could really do some damage to my pocketbook.

Cathy said...

Thanks Phyllis. I was very behind with my drawing this week due to a lot of other things happening but I think I have caught up now. Just the voyage drawing to finish. I was pleased with how the digital trees turned out.

Cathy said...

Hi Caroline. Glad you like the birds. I am so pleased with the rooks that I think I will do some full size. I love Valerie's black bird too. It has so much energy. I hope I can make it to Art In Action. It is such a wonderful day out crammed full of inspiration and perhaps a little bit of shopping...ha ha.

Cathy said...

Thanks for the comment on my rooks Flora. I love those birds. They totally represent the British countryside to me. The stained glass tent at AIA is always fascinating.

Cathy said...

I love those birds of Anna de Ville's too Holly. They are so quirky. It would be nice to have one I think.

Sometimes I have to hold myself back from drawing in order not to put too much in. I just love detail so much I guess. I suppose these days we can whip anything out that we don't like in PS but the original will always stay the same.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Cathy, I love your work and the work of the various artists on your blog. The rooks are terrific - they're great birds and your portrayal makes me smile. Best wishes. Lesley

A bird in the hand said...

Lovely stuff, as usual. I do like your rooks, bird person that I am.
About minimalists -- in my case, a lot of work and time goes into making everything look... minimalist! and always, it's the details that finish a work, so I applaud your love of detail. xoxo

Poetikat said...

I'm a real nature-lover, so the rooks and the hare are my favourites, but all of your work is so excellent; I'm mightily impressed.

Kat

P.S. Coincidentall, the word captch is "rotyROOK"!!!

Cathy said...

Thanks Lesley. I am glad I have brought a smile to your face. I love them too. They are so funny. Like little old men dressed in cloaks and hoods.

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Colette. Perhaps I will try more detail, but in a very minimalistic way...ha ha.

Cathy said...

Isn't that funny Kat. It must have know what you were going to talk about. I am on the hunt for some more rook references now to do another drawing.

bunnits said...

Cathy, thanks for the kind words regarding the kidney stone. They aren't much fun.

Once again, thanks for your beautiful post. I really enjoyed the rooks and the rabbit drawings. I certainly enjoy your lovely blog and all the wonderful art you share.

Sandy Mastroni said...

Cathy ... your work is stunning
The rooks , the voyagers , the rabbit .... fantastic !

acornmoon said...

I love "The voyagers" in particular. I like all that delicious detail!

Cathy said...

You are very welcome Melissa. I hope your problem is sorted out soon and you feel much better.

Cathy said...

Hi Sandy. Thanks for those kind words. Just off to have a look at your new work now.

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Valerie.

Gillian said...

Hi Cathy - love the colours you've used in your "Whisper A Secret" drawing.I guessed you would be partial to the Harry Clarke illustrations - they were really beautiful in the flesh as it were! Just bought a lovely copy of The Secret Garden myself - gorgeous illustrations! G

Omi said...

Wow, all delightful!

Art4Sol said...

You've been very busy..love your new work!

Cathy said...

Hi Gillian. The Secret Garden is a wonderful story. I bet the illustrations are lovely. Enjoy it.

Cathy said...

Thanks Omi.

Cathy said...

Thanks Art4Sol. It does take quite a while to find new artists but I do enjoy it.

ArtPropelled said...

Your rooks do it for me. They are absolutely charming. I also love Anufriev's Evening Harvest.
I'm taking part in Seth's re-post collaboration and mine is about crows. You wouldn't believe how popular crows are. There's a love/hate thing going on.

Cathy said...

Hi Robyn. It is amazing the popularity of crows and other black birds. There seem to be more representations of them than any other bird. I look forward to seeing your post about them.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Your work is very very beautiful - i especially love "the rooks" and it was so lovely to see all the other artwork you featured. I love the bird brooches by Anna De Ville. Great! Have added you to my blog buddy list. Have a great weekend, best wishes, Carolyn x

Crafty Green Poet said...

so many lovely things in this post, but my favourite I think is your digital drawing of the trees and birds, what lovely design and such gorgeous colours...

Cathy said...

Hi Carolyn. Thanks very much. Glad you like the artists I feature on my blog. I really like your blog too. How lucky you are to live in Cornwall by the sea. I will put you on my blog list too.

Cathy said...

Thanks Juliette. I am very pleased with how the colours turned out on that one. I particularly like the smaller tree. I think I will be producing those colours again in another picture.