Thursday, 12 August 2010

Funny is in the eye of the beholder.

I've been enjoying scribbling and drawing using my 'Birthday Books' mentioned in my last post. I have discovered that I like to draw with my left hand even though I am right handed. I like the quality of line I make when I use my left hand. Perhaps it goes straight to my right side of my brain and I can get to the creative part more quickly especially when I've spent the day being logical and 'teacherish'.

I've been unwell and off school for a couple of days and when I started to feel a little better yesterday afternoon I started a little painting to show the kids in preparation for an activity with my year 5/6 class (a local council run art activity with a local artist) which makes references to the work of Rebecca Cool. Rebecca uses fabrics glued to her canvas over which she paints. These become a part of the work as some parts of the fabric design shows through the paint..

The two unfinished circles on the bench are balls of wool one will have a crochet hook the other a pair of knitting needles. Although not directly portraits, Chicky Babe recognised the two ladies because of their- in her words- "funny clothes, like knitted hats and cardigans and Birkenstock" (not normal clothes worn by ordinary mothers of her friends.) I am one of them and Anki is the other. I'm sure she will have no problem at all with not being seen as 'normal' or average.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to finish it off tonight, if I get all my homework done first!!


Anki said...

Oh, it's gorgeous!!! I love it. I love how complicit we look like we're hatching a plan. I agree, leave the hair white (we're getting there anyway)and when we are white-haired old ladies I think we will be hatching tricky plans over our cups of tea (watch out unwary world).
And yes, I've spent most of my life trying to be "abnormal", so tell chicky-babe that I take the "funny clothes" line as a tremendous compliment!
Love Anki

Red Hen (dette) said...

I'm glad you like it! I kind of think that the white hair speaks of life long friendships. I'll let Chicky Babe know.

inkberryblue said...

Sweet! I really like your use of collage.
Your birthday books sound fascinating. I'm back at FAC on Saturdays and love how that gets me back into a creative flow. I'd love to catch up again for coffee, if you have the time.
Hope you're feeling better soon. =)

2paw said...

I believe in all the brain side theories, so I think you should keep doing it!! Hope you are feeling better. I loved doing art with my class using an artist as a focus. This style sounds very interesting.