Full Moon Creativity

The full moon this weekend really sparked my creative drive. Got a bunch of drawings done. Here are my favourite two:

pink mandala by slbradley teal mandala with triangles by slbradley

I also tried to make a pair of panties out of some new silk I bought recently. But it’s proving trickier than I anticipated to work with…

Art for my new flat

Moving house is always a fab opportunity to buy new art! I am thinking about moving in the next couple of months, so I will have a whole new place to decorate, and I’ve had my eye on these beauties…

Check out the almost excruciating detail in this awesome woodcut.

Tugboat Printshop Overlook Woodcut

This gorgeous woodcut took the Tugboat Printshop three years to make. I am saving my pennies because it costs $1000, but it is so beautiful.

Samantha Keely Smith is another favourite of mine that I am saving for. I could get lost in her tremendous, abstract works which meditate on the sea. I’m praying she will do a print run one day.

Samantha Keely Smith

How amazing would that look over your sofa? Or over your bed? One day, when I a Real Adult who spends ten grand on a piece of art, I will get one of her paintings, and I will love it my whole life.

This one is a sort of sculptural, relief of plants that is made as a tile with plaster. Handmade here in the UK by an Etsy shop called Tactile Studio. Lovely colours.

TactileStudio

Also one to save for, as it’s £1400, but I just love all the details of the plants and its texture.

Of course, I’ll need something to remind me of my roots, so something like this lovely cactus watercolour by Etsy shop Arminho should do the trick!

ARMINHO

And how could I do without a nice photo of the mountains?

AdelePhotography

Love the misty clouds in this one of the Alps by Adele Photography on Etsy.

I may have to go ahead and get a couple of Pedro Covo‘s delightful swimmer paintings. They are just abstract enough and have a beautiful colour pallet (I hear that pale pink is so in for 2016 interiors!).

PedroCovo

What’s on your art wish list?

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What I’ve been looking at online lately…

Skateistan is such a cool organisation – connecting kids to education through skateboarding. They offer opportunities to boys and girls to get involved in skateboarding in Afghanistan among other places. Such a good idea!

My favourite soap maker here in the UK, Bon Soaps, is moving away and so I’ve been thinking about making my own soap. Doing all the research, I’ve stumbled upon recipes for make-up too! Can you imagine, making your own mascara? I might give it a go…

Did you know that virgin births are a thing? I had no idea. Several have been seen in the animal world, including multiple ones by a shark. It’s called parthenogesis. Whoa.

Electronic art is so rad. I love the intersection of science/math and creativity. You get crazy things like this oscilloscope drawing.

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While I was in Dallas in October, we went to the DMA and visited an exhibit of American art. I was awe struck by a painting by T. Alexander Harrison. He’s an American marine painter who captures the sea beautifully. It was a big portrait of the sea on a gray day, the kind of thing I’d like to have above my bed.

The Wave

 

I found this writing contest for lady writers inspired by Virginia Woolf. Deadline is 1 April. I wonder if I can get something together by then to submit. It has to be 50,000 – 150,000 words…

I’ve just printed a letterpressed edition of 125 prints to sell next weekend at the Made in Clerkenwell exhibit. It’s the first edition I’ve ever made professionally, so I had to look up how to edition prints! Hand signed and numbered print for £10.

Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time

I went with a friend down to Brighton this weekend to see William’s Forsythe’s “Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time,” a choreographic object at the Brighton Festival.

The piece consists of 400 metal shapes hung from moving metal frames by thin, white ropes. The frames move about a foot every few minutes which causes the shapes to move in broad arcs with one another. There’s probably 20 or so on each frame, so you’ll get pockets of them moving together, but each frame is moving in a slightly different direction resulting in perfectly choreographed waves and sweeps where each pendulum goes its own way, but never touches its neighbor. The over all affect is quite stunning – an ocean of undulating points. Unlike the sea, they are connected above; it’s almost like looking up at the surface of the sea from below a wave.

The installation itself is mezmerizing, but it goes a step further. Continue reading