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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Handwriting: A Portal to the Soul

I’ve always had a slight addiction to handwriting and penmanship (and fountain pens). It’s intriguing to see how much someone’s handwriting actually says about them. For example, I’ve noticed that, for the most part, people who write huge have big personalities while someone who writes smaller tends to be more reserved.  I was interested in finding out more about what handwriting says about a person, so I did some research on graphology (handwriting analysis).

First off, I realized that through handwriting, your subconscious mind is projecting some of its innermost thoughts. It’s crazy to think that when you write down your grocery list, you are actually writing your deepest secrets, but in actuality if properly analyzed, this list could reveal your self esteem, attitudes towards people, and basically every other personality trait. Here are some simple traits that you can see through your everyday handwriting.

Slants:

Handwriting anaylsis if your letters slant

To the right – extrovert

To the left – introvert

No slant – guarded and practical

Size:

Handwriting analysis the size of you letters

Large – big personality

Small – focused and somewhat shy

Average – adaptable

Your S’s:

Handwriting anaylsis how you write your S's

Round – people-pleaser

Pointy – intellectual

Open at bottom – artistic

Printed – versatile

Of course there’re many many more characteristics that can be tested, but they are easily found online, so go do some research! It’s truly fun!! I’ve started analyzing some of my friends handwriting just by looking at some papers of theirs (as creepy as that is…) and have been shocked to see how accurate some of the characteristics and traits can be!!

And I just wanted to suggest this website (where I got my pictures and a ton of information for today from)…it’s wonderful for a simpilised idea of graphology! http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/handwriting-101-00000000015886/index.html

-C