There were two lessons on Life Book this week. I must confess that neither lesson grabbed me immediately or felt naturally like “me” and – in a week when I am up to my eyeballs with commitments and have a slammed schedule – I admit that I was tempted to skip the lessons, maybe come back to them at a later date. However, I am striving to meet all my art deadlines and so far am succeeding (a little high five that was popped into my Jar of Awesome) plus a bit of creative time in a hectic week is a useful balm for stress so I decided to plunge on in and see what came of it.
The first lesson was taken by Jill K Berry and the object was to create my “heart community”. The lesson was very reminiscent of making paper dolls or chains of people. The instruction was to make representations of the four people who most influence me, with little doors on each figure, so that they folded up into a concertina book. With four little figures, I had to make my four boys. They definitely inspire me every day in many ways so they fitted the brief too. The blocky shape of the figures that emerged from the cut paper automatically made me think of Lego minifigures. Perfect! Three of my kids (and I) are obsessed with Lego so that seemed completely apt. I used a mixture of painting and collage to construct my little lego sons, doing so in stages over the course of 24 hours, whenever I had free time. I wrote adjectives that describe each of their personalities inside the doors in each of their torsos and each of those doors has something on the front that represents each of their favourite things.
The second lesson was taken by Violette Clark and the theme was “magical mystery tour”. The idea was to produce a painting, with collage elements, that depicted a magical, creative, somewhat whimsical house. That house was supposed to be placed on a painting of the top of a head, as if the house was springing forth from the creative imagination or perhaps even representing the creative mind, but I decided to abandon that element mostly because of time management but also because that aspect did not really speak to me.
I modelled my house on a drawing I did in my art journal last year because I liked the quirky shapes and wonkiness of the building I drew. I used acrylic paint to create a sunset background because I love the warm colours of a wonderful sunset. The fluffy cloud shapes were painted with pink pearlescent paint so, although you cannot see it in the photo, the top of each cloud shimmers. I collaged a green hill to replace where the top of the head should have been. Then it was just a case of using gelli plate prints to construct the shape of the house. I was supposed to leave one side of the roof unglued so that little slips of paper could be inserted into it like an envelope but I got carried away and glued it down. I realised right away so I could have found a way to leave a side open but I decided I was not that keen on the idea of using it as an envelope so I chose to let it be. I used washi tape to create a front door and roof flashing and used postage stamps for windows. I stamped the whale on in order to create a weathervane because I really want a whale weathervane in real life and still do not have one – except on my magical house. The final touch were the little love hearts emerging from the chimney pot.
I LOVE both these pieces! The lego boys are super cool and the house is decidedly gorgeous! You are really hitting your stride now I think! I share your thoughts about the house lesson/process – I haven’t started that one yet but was already thinking a hill would be preferable to a head! 🙂
Thank you. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these lessons even though neither grabbed me. I don’t think I produced my best work but the enjoyment derived from creating them is also part of the outcome. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Love them Laura, you are so creative both with words and artistic imagination!
Thank you. 🙂
These Lego boys just made me smile big! I am so glad you had a change of heart and created your colorful boys. What a lovely tribute.
Thank you so much, Jill. I feel honoured that you visited my blog to read about how I approached your lesson.
I think my creative mojo was in short supply this week because things have been so busy. I was, therefore, glad I pushed myself to do the “heart community” project because once I started it I not only really enjoyed it but it kick-started my creativity again. So thank you for a fun lesson and for the creative energy I needed too.
I love both of these but especially the whimsical house! You are doing so well keeping up with LB and DLP. I’m so far behind but hope to start catching up soon.
Thank you. I’m just trying to be very disciplined with my free time. I’ve barely read since the new year though so that’s where the sacrifice is. I also hardly watch any TV.
I like that you take the suggestions but go your own way with them. I love the playing card reference on the boys. Also the idea of paper chain people.
Thank you. I go my own way partly to adapt things to my own style but also out of pragmatism, either having to substitute materials or – even more usually – because I’m pressed for time. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
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