??? Hours of Art!

It’s New Years Eve! Even though I failed to update regularly, I’m pleased to say that I definitely went over my goal of 100 hours of art this year. Well over. Here are some pictures of some of the stuff I accomplished this year!

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Autumn

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This was actually a project for work – hence the text. This is not something I would have ever done on my own!

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Who needs wallpaper when you’ve got a sharpie

Can’t decide on a paint color or wallpaper? Grab a marker and go to town. That’s what British artist Charlotte Mann does for a living – and it’s awesome.

Check it out!

RGB by Carnovsky

I know I do this a lot, but I just have to appreciate the other artists out there in the world that do such incredible work. I can only hope to someday cultivate in myself this kind of creativity and ingenuity.

This particular artist, Carnovsky, has developed a series called RGB. Pulled directly from his website: “RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. The resulting images from this three level’s superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter (a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers.”

It’s amazing!! Check out the website

 

 

 

Canvas shmanvis

I get tired of painting on canvas, drawing on paper, designing on my computer. You know, the types of things typical artists are expected to do. It takes serious creativity and even courage to venture beyond that.

Also, sometimes it’s illegal 🙂

So hats off to the awesome people who created these works of art!

94 Hours of Art

In memory of my wonderful, beautiful mother. 10/23/57-3/7/2011

I’ve been thinking about Mom a lot. More than usual, I mean. Next week, it will have been one year since she left us, though in all honesty it feels like no time has passed at all.

I realized that since Facebook moved to the new ‘Timeline” format, I had nothing much to use as my timeline cover photo. I thought, what better way to use that space than as a memorial to the best woman I’ve ever known. So for my 6th hour of my 100 Hours of Art, I turned to my computer.

Always thinking of you Mom.

Hey look – I found another site to doodle on

Gotta love stumbleupon. No, this is not going towards my 100 hours of art, since I spent all of three minutes playing around 🙂

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/17CWN7/andrew.thenewhive.com/drawonme/

95 Hours of Art

I spent the first 5 hours of my 100 Hours of Art learning a completely new art form: needle felting!

My friend’s mom hosted a felting class at her house in Vermont, so we both thought that sounded like a fun thing to learn. Basically, you start with a poof of clean, undyed wool, like these:

This wool makes up the bulk of the shape, and you can add dyed wool to it later. Dyed wool tends to be more expensive, so it makes sense to use this as the ‘filling’.

The needles, like the ones shown here, have little tiny, barely visible barbs along the sides. For quick work, you’d want more barbs, for meticulous detail work, less. And these needles are VERY sharp! Every single one of the seven ladies doing the class, myself included, drew blood at least once. Here’s a close up of a couple of needles:

See the barbs? Scary little things.

Anyway, you start with a ball of wool, and every time you stab the needle into it, it tangles up the wool fibers more and more until it becomes a firm mass of knots in the shape of your choosing. In our case, we made sheep! I won’t bore you with all of the details, but the process basically looks like this (only much slower).

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the process, but here is the final product!

Now that I know how to do it, I am dying to make this little guy. Too ambitious, maybe?