Today, my beautiful Ella turns 12. 12! Where does the time disappear? She is sweet and funny and has the biggest heart! I wish for her all that she dreams of!
We started this session off by looking at Klimts works where his use of decorative patterns is more evident. The kids loved the gold! We looked at The Tree of Life, 1905 and discussed his use of ornament on his tree.
The kids then went on to create their own tree of life. I especially love the added decoration on this artwork!
The exhibition is up and I am finishing off one more painting which will be hung in its saved space.
It has been quite an experience up until now. First the euphoria of making the date for the exhibition! Something to work towards and produce a body of work for! Lists were written and ideas were stricken. I worked with passion for 4 months. I am now more focused on what I like to create. The pencil calms and the paint excites.
“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner once I saw the hills of Fife across the Forth, things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.”
― Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland
Plants illustrate the passing of time and life. They also physically follow similar lines to maps. Plants remind us of and connect us to places. Blue hydrangeas remind me of my home that I grew up in in London. The pink geranium is the home we built in Kazir.
Place is a search for connections and a sense of belonging. A sense of place where memories are made.
It is not easy putting yourself out there for friends and family to see. I am feeling a little vulnerable. I also feel like I am just getting started.
Printmaking is one of my favourite things to do with kids. Theres something magical in it - pulling the paper up to reveal the print.
We began with relief printing - a process where protruding surface faces are inked and recessed areas are kept ink free. The kids used craft foam to create their shapes and stuck them onto a piece of thick card.
The results were fabulous!! They really seemed to enjoy rolling lots of paint onto the plate.
I love how the pattern of the card also comes into some of the prints.
After being introduced to Picasso and looking at some of his portraits, I used an idea given to me by my friend Dafna. We took one of Picasso's large portraits and divided it up equally between the kids. In this case, each one got a quarter of the picture. I asked them to enlarge their piece and to reproduce it. I loved this project so much.
Each of the works stood out on their own. They became abstracts full of bold colours and pattern. Even though they were copying, the kids included their own style in their piece.
Here is the final piece! Wonderful!