Tag Archives: Blue Stars

Same But Different

When I have just a few minutes spare, or when I need a rest from standing at my easel, I’m tempted to pick up a ballpoint pen and doodle. So now I’ve started Wildflower Shoe Series 2 – Ballpoint pens on mixed media paper.  Meet a different Blue Stars Shoe!

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Helen

Blue Stars Shoe - Wildflower Shoe Series 2

Blue Stars Shoe – Wildflower Shoe Series 2 – by Helen Lock

The Reason Is…

No posts since early November because I’ve been busy – painting!

In the last 3 months I’ve completed:

  • 7 50cm square paintings in my Blue Stars series, which is under wraps for now
  • A small painting of a bowl of petunias
  • Produced 4 experimental works using acrylic inks
  • Four flower shoe paintings on canvas board 20 by 30 cm

For me this is prolific!

This is the first of my flower shoe designs featuring Australian wildflowers.

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Helen

Blue Stars Shoe

Blue Stars Shoe – 8 x 10” – Acrylic on canvas board – by Helen Lock

I’m Done With Picasso – #Inktober2019 Day 14

I finished my Picasso inspired acrylic painting on Day 14.  Imagine the green inks as vivid and muted shades of oranges, yellows and reds – and the black inks as various blues!

Abstracting my Blue Stars design with the use of brush strokes, shapes and colours was harder than I had imagined. I now have a deeper appreciation of Picasso’s art and other abstract works!

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Helen

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Done With Picasso -#Inktober2019 Day 14

Channelling Picasso – #Inktober2019 Day 11

Day 11: I started an acrylic painting of Blue Stars in the style of Picasso.  Each version of my Blue Stars is teaching me a lot about famous artists, techniques and challenges.

The line drawing for my latest piece came into being easily – not so the painting.  I’m finding I’m having to experiment a lot with colours and shapes to get an acceptable abstracted, somewhat cubist outcome!

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Helen

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Channelling Picasso – #inktober2019 Day 11

Without Rain Nothing Grows – #Inktober2019 Day 4

We’re fortunate to live in an area (Perth Hills, Western Australia) that receives a good amount of rainfall all seasons except summer.

This day we received 15mls of rain – some of it indoors through the kitchen ceiling!

Also, this day I finished and signed my acrylic painting of Blue Stars in Andy Warhol style – which explains the flower on the bucket…

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Without Rain Nothing Grows – #Inktober2019 Day 4

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Helen

Inktober 2019 Day 1 – Channelling Andy Warhol

This will be my fifth year of joining in Inktober! This year my self imposed constraints are:

  • Green ink in addition to black
  • An association with the environment
  • Relating to my day.

On day 1 I worked on a painting of beautiful Blue Stars (Chamaescilla corymbosa) which are native to Western Australia. I’m working to simulate the style of Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Munroe artwork.  So I decided to do likewise in ink for Inktober.

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#Inktober 2019 Day 1 – Blue Stars Aka Andy Warhol

Inktober is a great incentive to play and try new things.  It also helps one to get used to publishing the less than perfect!

I didn’t manage to obtain an even flat green so edited the scan to get a more Warhol effect.  Is digital ink cheating?…

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Helen

 

Blue Stars

I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of stars makes me dream

– Vincent Van Gogh

I was lucky to find Blue Stars (Chamaescilla Corymbosa) appear in our bush garden this Spring and this pen and watercolour painting followed:

Blue Stars Of Balligar

Blue Stars Of Balligar

I love the way the seed pods look heart-shaped from certain angles.

Blue Stars are also called Blue Squill or Mudrurt.  It is a tuberous perennial that grows to 10 – 15 cms high with grass-like leaves.

My research to identify this plant educated me about Blue Stars of the astronomical kind and I couldn’t help but draw parallels between them and the intense, short life of Vincent Van Gogh and his dramatic death!

Blue Stars are very large and compact, burning their fuel very quickly so are very hot and extremely bright.  They die in a spectacular way – they explode! Find out more http://www.kidsastronomy.com/stars/blue_giant_star.html

BFN
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Helen