Yay – I finished my journal for 2016 and my last visual collage for each month!
Our December was packed full of family, friends, events, house and garden projects and preparations for the festive season. The only painting I did was with yarn, fabric and chocolate – not together but that might be interesting…
The artworks in my collage (days 15 and 17) are by Angie Lewin whose linocuts, wood engravings and screen prints I admire. On these days my time was mainly spent on mundane tasks and I found distraction / inspiration for better things by looking at her work.
I like to finish what I start, even if along the way the end result is not as good as I imagined. At least I can respect my persistence and depend on my word. I’m also encouraged by knowing that sometimes a pig’s ear does turn in to a silk purse along the way!
So, for completeness sake here is my visual diary collage for November 2016. I also like to finish in good time but…
Spring arrived late in south western Western Australia this year so perhaps my late post for October is because I’m in tune with Nature?!
Here is my visual diary for October – also my collage for Inktober 2016.
“It was a long time ago now. And it was yesterday” – Kate Atkinson
September – It was a long time ago now.
At last, my diary and visual record of September is complete!
Now for October!
Life for us was like the weather this August in the Perth Hills of Western Australia – oscillating between sunny and gloomy. However only the weather was cold and there were warm times with family and friends and lots of opportunity for making art, as my photo collage for the month demonstrates.
I participated in the 30 Days Creative Lettering with Andrea Joseph Sketchbook Skool klass and duly did my homework each day. Unexpectedly I found lettering creeping into my designs for recipe illustrations!
As well as an increasing interest in hand lettering I’m feeling the pull of lino cutting. I tried cutting a piece of ezy carve printing block and made myself a poinsettia stamp. So many types of art, so little time! I’m hoping I’m not dissipating my energy and that everything will come together one day!
As I compiled the photo collage representing my month of July 2016 I was struck by how little it told of the whole. In truth, disappointment, sadness, worry and illness dominated our July, yet my visual diary communicates only creativity, gifts, the beauty of nature and happy occasions with family and friends!
I thought that my art was misrepresenting the quote attributed to Picasso –
“Art is a lie that tells the truth”.
I decided to research the quote and found a translation of a very interesting statement made by Picasso in 1923 which reassured me. In it Picasso states
“The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” If I’d not let you know you may have believed my lie!
Yet the partial truth is not a lie. The happy, creative and memorable moments captured here were real and enriched our lives.
June is the first month of Australia’s winter season. In the Perth Hills we’ve experienced mornings close to zero degree centigrade and daytime maximums around 18. That is COLD if you get used to summer temperatures more than 20 degrees hotter!
Another month was packed full with family & friends (tragic and happy events), travel along WA’s Wheatbelt Way, art, crochet and more.
We voted in the Australian 2016 Federal Election today, polling is now closed & the results are being televised as I type. I’ve cast my vote and nothing I can do can make any difference now, so I chose to complete my collage for the July entry of my visual diary rather than watch. I really do prefer to watch paint dry!