A’s Art Portfolio

So many of you have been following us through our exploration of art, cooking, theatre, crafts, oddities, and all sorts of interesting things. Since I know that quite a few of our followers appreciate art, I’d like to show you some of my own today! These are all pieces of various sizes and mediums that I have done over the past two years. I’ll upload a few and give a brief description of the piece, as well as any interesting things I can remember about making them.Image

This piece is a depiction of a picture frame wrapped in white paper and tied with white string. It’s about 24×18″ and completely mixed media. As it was an exam, I had 4 hours to do this piece. Some of my materials include black pastel, charcoal powder, conte, pencil, ink wash, and coloured pencil. Clearly, I deeply exaggerated the forms to make the painting as dramatic as possible, rather than the subtle, understated forms that my peers attempted. I’m particularly fond of the deep gouges in the lower left quadrant. It seems almost violent.

This next piece, more abstract in nature, was made with soft pastels and ink. It is approx. 30×24″ in measurement, and took me about 8 hours. I’m fond of the ghost shapes of ink drippings and splatterings behind the pastels, along with the various ghostly shapes that occur, such as the semicircle in the upper right hand quadrant.

This was one of my first explorations of abstract art. To come to this piece, I did over 200 smaller pieces with less detail, which are now stacked up in my studio. Such a mess!

I adore abstract art, despite having a background in more classical oil painting. The sheer emotion, unadulterated by simple realistic depiction. However, I’d like to introduce you to a few of my more classically influenced places.

These pieces are relatively small, about 6×12″, and made of watercolour, coloured pencil, pencil, and salt. Starting with calligraphic marks, I then began to combine the calligraphic marks with the mollusks. Yay, mollusks!

This piece is particularly large, about 18×12″ and made of pencil and pen. I did a whole series of human-animal composite images on dense patterns, and while this was one of my earliest, it is also one of my favourites. The awkward, unorthodox combination of the classical figure drawing, surreal dense pattern, and what I like to consider to be relatively realistic animal heads always gets me interesting reactions!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my artwork rather than seeing someone you already know! Cheers.

-A.

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Spring Fashions

As the weather here is getting warmer and warmer, it is inevitable to think about spring-summer fashions! All this week I have been getting summer fashion magazines in the mail; and I am in love with everything. Even though winter is my favorite season, it is difficult to not adore some of these trends.

 

Bold Prints:

If there is any trend to scare some people, it is probably bold prints. Nothing draws more attention to someone than a giant colorful abstract design on their pants. However, if done right, bold prints can bring a whole new dimension to the everyday outfit.

Pastels:

Nothing is more ladylike than pastels. They are so soft and enchanting!

Peplums:

I am so happy that this trend is catching on! Peplums are absolutely adorable and flattering. The shape is extremely feminine and takes inches off your waist instantly…there is nothing better than that!

Retro:

It feels like everything right now is retro inspired, but I still cannot get enough!

Lace:

 YAY LACE!!! Lace is my favorite thing ever. It is elegant, classic, and edgy all at the same time. If I could, I would make my entire wardrobe lace.

 

Hopefully, you have been inspired to go revamp your spring-summer wardrobe! Happy shopping!

-C

Links:

http://s-p-r-i-n-g-.tumblr.com/

http://www.mojansami.com/blog/spring-2012-runway-trend-bird-prints/

http://denisesalceda.com/spring-pastels/pastel-runway/

http://stylebakery.com/style-recipes/spring_fashion_trends_2012_peplum_power.html

http://coquette.blogs.com/coquette/2008/09/project-runway.html

http://www.runwaydaily.com/.a/6a00e54ed9ed5388330147e3b1571d970b-popup