Friday, November 16, 2012

Holly meets Circus

Lovely morning to you my reader - where ever you are! This week has been ful of working on handmade projects and time to time you have to get some energy and new ideas to make it happen.

earrings by gretchen gretchen

This friday is dedicated to Holly Becker and Circus. Both has given me lot of fine inspiration and ideas and power to continue on my path to bigger creativiness. Holly is great example of a lady who doesn't give up and believes what she is doing and makes it happen. And she engourages others too to make the change. Circus is so fascinating world - I love it! It's strange and weird but same time magical. There will be more work coming soon. This is only a beginning.

Here's two links of the day that you can see what I'm talking about.

Holly Becker on  Kelly Hoppen's blog telling her story.

A big image bank of circus by Circusmuseum, collected by Jaap Best.

Let's make it happen.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sketching the skyline on video - kaupungin siluetista video

Today my post is about sketching the city skylines. I made a time lapse video of it.

video title by gretchen gretchen
click the pic

I'm taking part in painting class and at the moment we have an assignment to make a view of urban city. It can be anything. Well, I already made one painting but didn't like it at all! So I'm trying to find some new inspiration and good ideas for the next painting. I made a time lapse video of my attempts to draw a skylines on a chalkboard. I should have made another about postproduction...and believe me that wouldn't have been so fun... Anyway I used pinterest as a source of different city skylines. I think I made more doodling than really serious drawing so it was also great fun and relaxing! And you know, I have never been good in practising, I just want to do straight away...and often (always) the first one isn't the best one, things what you are making takes time and still you are not even close. Yes, maybe I'm a little bit hasty and maybe even unthinking person time to time but when you get so exited about something - you just go with the flow...One more thing have to tell you now when we are talking about doodling and sketching. I'm waiting eagerly my Sketchbook from The Sketchbook Project 2013. I love snail mail even though I have to wait...I'm sure it will be in my hands very soon...

But now skylines on chalkboard. Watch here

Olen akryylimaalauskurssilla ja tämänkertainen tehtävä, maalata joku urbaani näkymä, on aiheuttanut päänvaivaa. Ekan versioni olen jo tehnyt ja siitä ei tullut todellakaan toivottua lopputulosta. Joten tänään päätin lähestyä aihetta hieman leikkisemmältä suunnalta ja piirtelin liitutaululle kaupunkien siluetteja. Kävin pinterestissä keräämässä vähän malleja itselleni ja ryhdyin toimeen. Tein piirtelystä time lapse videon, josta tuli aika veikeä vaikka itse sanonkin. Myös itse tekeminen oli hauskaa ja suosittelen sitä kaikille. Tosin hieman päänvaivaa tuotti pikkuruiset tekniset haasteet, jotka veivät aikaa...ja vähän hermojakin mutta mutta ja joka tapauksessa...toinen asia mikä minua tällä hetkellä kovastikin kiinnostaa, on luonnostelukirjan saapuminen postissa. Olen osallistunut The Sketchbook Project 2013, johon voit tutustua täällä. Taitaa tulla hippasen kiire sen kanssa mutta eiköhän se siitä suttaannu - ja sitä ainakin.

Katso video täältä!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Natural history and Botanical library - great resource in Flickr

botanical from   The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

I was pinning - once again - this and that...and suddenly I saw Jeska Hearne's pin of botanical illustration. She is behind the Lobster and swan blog. I was following the pic and by doing that I found this great resource in Flickr to anyone who is interested in nature and it's shapes and forms in art work or just in general knowledge. 

 The edible Mollusca , The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

The edible Mollusca of Great Britain and Ireland

Direct quote from BHL's Flickr page: The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”

They are also asking if we can help them by adding MACHINE TAGS to images to supplement Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Well, have to admit that is so too much asked and complicated to me with these skills what I have...but if you can, please do help them. To me this is great find and very good source of inspiration and knowledge.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
Choix des plus belles fleurs: et des plus beaux fruits

The Great Barrier Reef of Australia; its products and potentialities. Plates.

All the pictures in this post are from BHL Flickr photostream.

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