Sunday, 7 December 2014

7 days to feed your creative soul.

If you ever get the chance to go on an art retreat with Gillian Lee Smith I would highly recommend you do this. Just over a year ago I was persuaded by some long term online friends to commit myself to participating in such art retreat. It was a first class experience and the best money I spent for a while, I learnt so many new and exciting painting techniques. I feel my art work is already benefiting and maybe it is even growing up a little.
1) In the Studio in Gardenstown.
2)  Gillian Smith demonstrating her pastel drawing skills to her students.
3) A paintbrush in the charcoal and oilbar technique.
4) A practise painting using an image from the book Pastel painting atelier by Ellen Eagel.



From left to right my bestie house mates for the week Pam, Kate, Phyllis and me.
The place Gillian chose for her retreat was a wonderful and inspirational setting in Gardenstown. This remote village is built into the old red sandstone cliffs in the area of Aberdeenshire in Scotland. When I stepped out of my car I felt like I was stepping back in time which really helped me in getting my mind set in the right gear for painting 7 days undisturbed with the help of the sweetest soul you would ever meet. Gillian just couldn't do enough for you, she was always ready to help well above what I had expected. So I would like to say a massive thank you to her for all that she has done!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Popping back up with the Leeds Pop Up Shop.

I am so sorry I have been out of the picture for so long. It wasn't my intention to disappear without saying as little as a 'I will be back soon'. It just kind of happened and then it felt strange to say 'he folks I am taking a little break'. Still I have returned and have lots to tell and show you. One of those things I like to share is that I was invited to participate in the Etsy Leeds Pop Up Shop.  Can you spot a Lottie or two?
 
 







Saturday, 27 September 2014

The secrets life of a stalker revealed at Paper Saturdays.

Welcome to Paper Saturdays, our weekly get together of sharing all art made from paper, on paper or with paper. Please feel free to join if you enjoy connecting with other artists. Scroll down to the bottom of this post.

If you read my posts regularly you will know I set myself a challenge in sync with the 29 face challenge of creating a paper doll a day. This originally was an easy task because I had collected lots of material to start drawing from but now I am running out of this and I find it harder to put the little touches to the dolls.



I am sat stalking my willing victims on Facebook for hours on end, looking for that something extra which I feel make the dolls even more personalised. I never knew how much fun it would be to creep into the role of a stalker but how time consuming! So to cut a long story short, it is harder to keep up with the challenge then I first anticipated therefore lots of my dolls don't have arms and legs yet but this will come at a later stage. I hope you will follow me to the end as your support has been greatly appreciated. Now it is over to you.



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Monday, 22 September 2014


The lovely Clare from ClareWillcocks nominated me to go on blogtour with you, her and others. I feel so honoured to know Clare, she is an amazing artists. I love just about everything she makes. Her drawings and her paper art oh my goodness I wished I had such a steady hand. Just bellow her photo are some examples of her work.

Gorgeous art by Clare




 
now it is my turn



So what can I tell you about me that may interest you, well as you may be able to tell I am a very serious blogger. I have a little studio companion called Lottie helping me out. This little girl lives deep inside my heart and she refuses to grow up which is fine by me. Together we create illustrate and make paper art. I love to connect with other bloggers and one way of doing this is by running a weekly blog get together at the weekend called Paper Saturdays. Feel free to join whenever you wish.
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1) What am I working on? 

At the moment I am working on lots of different things. I have just finished a few toothpick holders like the ones bellow and then there are the paperdolls. I love anything to do with dolls so I thought lets see if I can make a doll a day. So far I have five finished ones and tons more on the drawing table. I am also starting with some wall hanging dolls but so far all I have done today was cutting out the templates. 

Oh and I nearly forgot, at the moment every evenings I am doing some Lottie embroidery, it is like drawing with cotton. A very fun project which I will certainly repeat.


2)How does my work differ from others of my genre?




3)Why do I write/create what I do?

 

4)How does my writing/creative process work?

 

Again that is simple. I create art and while I am doing that I think about what I want to say about it. I don't like to use too many words so my posts are often very short and sweet, a bit like my answers I guess. I don't think too much about my creative process I often just do what I feel is right.




I am not really sure how this part of the blogtour works but I am supposed to nominate some other bloggers. I have no idea how many So for now I would like to introduce you to my daughter Fae who runs a super duper new life style blog called Soda Berries. I know she is my daughter but she is a fantastically talented photographer. Please go and check her out.


   If I need to nominate more people I will be back with an update later on.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

I could have picked something easier.

Looking back at what I had set out to do 21 days ago is not as easy as I thought, no on the contradictory it is supper hard work. I was aiming for one personalised Paper Doll a day but really never thought it through properly. I had no idea to how much time I needed to get them all ready and assembled.


Yesterday I promised to give you a little update on Paper Doll number 15, Clare Willcocks. I didn't have a good start with the doll because after cutting her out I lost a leg and then I found out she had two left hands. Nevertheless I  have now arrived at the place where the doll is ready for her second coat of varnish and then on to the best part of the whole process where she comes alive and is ready to leave the studio.


Would you like to follow my daily process please come and visit me on Facebook or Instagram.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Discover some wonderful artists and share your art with Paper Saturdays.

Today I have some more fun paper dolls for you. If you are a Facebook or Instagram friend of mine you will have noticed lots of paper dolls appearing in your feeds. I have set myself the challenge to make a personalised doll a day. I have fallen behind a little because it is much more work then I had anticipated.



It has been an amazing learning curve and my in-box if still overflowing with willing models.Some of you are Paper Saturday followers and I will draw you all when I have enough material to work from. Now normally people send me photos of whom they want to become a paper doll but Fran from Paper Tripp send me photo of a drawing of herself. Her drawing is top left.


I found this doll in particular very difficult to do because drawing from a drawing go hand in hand with expecting a lot from myself. Drawing from a real face gives me more freedom. It helps me to give that doll a extra bit of personal touch too but I don't think I did too bad with Fran' s doll. What do you think?

 

At the end of my Challenge all dolls will be printed out and glued on 450grm card. I will also personally cut and assemble the doll. All dolls from this challenge will be made availble for you to buy at a very reasonable price. I promise you it will only be a very small amount just to cover my costs. I am hoping this will be some time during October and November.



Next on my list is Clare from ClareWillcocks. I still have a bit of work to do on her but I promise you she will be finished tomorrow and I will post more then. More willing particpants on my list are going to be on show during the week so stay posted.


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Friday, 12 September 2014

Paper Saturday's Paper Dolls

I am so pleased you are stopping by. Yes it is that time again for us to link our art. I would love to see what you have created this week. If you like to share and meet other artists please scroll down and add your link.


I have been drawing a personalised paper doll each day. I can't wait to show you the completed dolls with limbs and accessories. The response to my challenge of a paper doll a day so far has been amazing. I have plenty of volunteers and last week I promised to make a paper doll out of one of you but I decided to make one out of each of you who volunteered. 

So if you can either befriend me on FB so I can stalk you and use some of your photos from your albums or if you wish you could email me the ones you want me to work from to manonvisser6@hotmail.com. Some of the dolls are going to be available in my Etsy shop very soon so don't forget to keep checking back.



OK so now it is over to you what have you been doing this week?


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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Free one of your sub-personalities and link up with Paper Saturdays.

For the last couple of days I have been working like mad on a challenge. For months I have wanted to broaden my art portfolio by including more paper goodies. So when the 29face challenge came up again I set myself the challenge to work on personalised Paper dolls. I am aiming for one paper doll a day. You can follow me here.

I can't begin to tell you how much fun it is to draw people I know and some I don't know. By studying the photos I have been given to draw the doll I am learning lots about that person. The process is so interesting it is almost like some of the sub-personalities come alive in front of me. To express this visually I am also creating small animations of a few of them.


Very shortly I will include this feature of personalised Paper dolls into my Etsy shop and just for Paper Saturdays I thought it might be fun to draw one of you lovely followers. Please leave me a comment and tell me why you would like to be a paper doll. I will pick a name out of the hat by next Saturday.I also hope you have some wonderful art to share with us please read what you need to do and link up.




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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Link up with Paper Saturdays and send a powerful message.



I experienced some technical problems last week so I am sorry there was no post for Paper Saturdays. Thank you for all your lovely messages of concern, I feel very loved! I will be catching up with all your wonderful art very shortly and hopefully things will be a bit more plain sailing from now on.


Despite the little hick ups my creating has continued behind those closed doors. I really love making different things with my drawings. What do you think of these little matchbox dolls? Would it not be wonderful to send your loved ones a message to show you care? They are available in my Etsy shop.
 


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Thursday, 28 August 2014

The truth is...

I am on a little break...........
      ......... I will be back shortly!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Paper Saturdays link up time and a little animation

The other day someone asked where Lottie was. I sadly admitted that I had neglected her a bit in the last months and look at what has happened to her. I was shocked. Don't you think that Lottie looks a little worse for wear? It made me wonder what she has been up to and by looking at her belly she wasn't throwing those cakes out. I promise I will take greater care of her and I will keep you informed about how she is doing.

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Paper Saturdays link up and the meaning of line work.

Welcome to Paper Saturdays if you have come to share your art with us please scroll down and link up. 

 

I love building visual grammar with line work because there can be so much emotion in just a few lines. I know it is a little darker then my usual work but I have to say I enjoy this side of my art too.


A line is a dot out for a walk.
—Paul Klee




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