Mark Making Tools ~no horsing around

I live in a community where asking a neighbour for horse hair is as normal as asking to borrow a cup of sugar. The sensory experience of mark making is so deep in our DNA that only when we take the time to revel in the texture and flow of the ink do we realise this love is bigger than ourselves. Or is that just me?

 The following video is my first application of ink on paper with my homemade horse hair brush. It moved easily across the paper and I was very happy with the result.

 

The character and earthy smell of horse hair really comes out once dipped in the ink.  

The Process

Field notes: Getting back in the grove. Not sure where I am going and not even going to question it. 

Mark making tools, cedar sticks, oil on canvas. Letting my mind wander with no desire to produce a result. Exploring the feeling and discovery lend itself to altered thoughts.
Mark making tools, cedar sticks, oil on canvas. Letting my mind wander with no desire to produce a result. Exploring the feeling and discovery lend itself to altered thoughts.

Art Makes Us Happy

AML: How does art make you happy, Nadina? Creating and producing art, or observing it? 

Me: Anne Marie that is a good question. I don't know the biochemical reasons but I do know the process of creating does make me feel better, my nervous system doesn't know if the work is good or bad. When I view art and make a connection to it I absolutly feel happy. Art elevates, in the creating and the viewing. When I feel transported I know I am in the right place.

Playing with rust, yes iron. The human nervous system and some Icarus reference. Good art, bad art either way my nervous system does not know the difference. I will sleep well tonight.
Playing with rust, yes iron. The human nervous system and some Icarus reference. Good art, bad art either way my nervous system does not know the difference. I will sleep well tonight.

Art Makes Us Happy

According to an investigation by French Beaux Arts Magazine (July 2013 Issue)

"art acts like a vitamin on our brain, making us noticeable happier."

                           Greta's Garden 24 x24 inches  Art lives in you, don't overthink                                                table design and photo credit S.Antonucci

                           Greta's Garden 24 x24 inches  Art lives in you, don't overthink     

                                         table design and photo credit S.Antonucci

Art Matters 4 easy steps to inner peace and getting shit done

Dear Friends and Art lovers,

It is time for me to take my own crabby, bossy, ranting  advice and apply the Art Matters steps. I am not sure how it has come to this, but, I am having an unusually jittery start to creating new work this winter. Last year, at this time, I had rented a larger studio with more space and found it inspiring to not be surrounded by piles of older work nor all the other distractions of working from home. Time seems to shift when you are able to focus. I am trying so hard to focus. So, no more digressing,no more creative procrastination. My studio is organized to within an inch of it's life, pencils are sharpened and the coffee is on. 1..2..3.. GO!

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Double Heart

Double Heart ~Archival Print

DOUBLE HEART 2015

Double Heart is 1 of 4 from The Heart Series, encaustic on panel.

Sometimes I will use images that are not my own. Not to claim them as mine more to connect with a collective unconscious. Old anatomy books are a source of inspiration. They are distant, somehow removed from the actual subject they are meant to represent. I recycle stamps from my father's collection and often re-use his written Scientific research reports or just as likely pages torn from an 1800s Tennyson book of poetry given to me by a grade school friend, stolen from her parent's bookshelf . So now you know. Lost and found .

Archival Print

8.5 x 11 inches

6 x 6 inches, image size

Full colour, archival inks printed on Fine Art Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper

signed

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Double Heart

Thank you

A heartfelt thank you to everyone that made the 2015 Sechelt Arts Festival, Art Exhibition a great success!

ART AND THE SIX SENSES of CEDAR | Curated Art Exhibition | OCT 16 - 25 2015

This experiential art exhibition featured ‘multi-disciplinary’ visual and sensory perceptions of how a selection of coast-based artists interpret the subject of CEDAR. Influenced by different cultural backgrounds and the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, and spirit, visual artists, sculptors, fibre-artists, writers and musicians came together to collaborate in an “art as process” journey of self and collective discovery.

FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE: 

GORDON HALLORANMARLENE LOWDEN, GIORGIO MAGNANENSI, KIRK MICHAEL, VERN BAHTI MINARD, LINDA NARDELLI, DEAN VAN'T SCHIP, KEZ SHERWOOD, JESSICA SILVEY, ROBERT STUDER AND MARLEEN VERMEULEN

Jessica Silvey traditional cedar bark weaver and painter Marleen Vermeulen installation Cultural Modification for Sechelt Arts Festival 2015

Worth a trip from Vancouver: Sechelt Arts Festival Art and the Six Senses of Cedar

Heart Series Encaustic Painting

 

Sometime I will use images that are not my own. Not to claim them as mine more to connect with a collective unconscious. Old Anatomy books are a source of inspiration. They are distant, somehow removed from the actual subject they are meant to represent. I recycle stamps from my father's collection and often re-use his written Scientific research reports or just as likely pages torn from an 1800s Tennyson book of poetry given to me by a grade school friend, stollen from her parents bookshelf . So now you know. Lost and found .

Encaustic painting, also known as how wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments may or may not be added. I use the hot wax technique to encase the images and preserve them. Prints Available