Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Journey Part 2 - Constant Change

Life has been good lately but nothing in life ever stays the same. Everything is constantly changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes in a split second. Sometimes the perfect bubble of happy can explode in your face when you least expect it. Bam! Shock. Reaction! But life goes on...

Part 2 of The Journey is an expression of exactly that – constant change. It is an expressive reaction to emotion and shock. A battle between darkness and the light...
The painting has completely changed. I didn't intend this to happen but I painted it as I felt it on this particular day.

Not only has the painting taken a radical change of direction but my original plan of adding to it bit by bit has too. I found it very hard to just paint one section – it was too confining – before I knew it nearly the whole canvas was covered. I left my favourite bit from Part1 but then could not fight the urge to paint over it!

Until Part 3...
Kazx


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

I LOVE Van Gogh faces

The other day I was flicking through some old art books in my studio and I came across a book called Van Gogh by Pierre Cabanne which I hadn't seen in ages. It reminded me of the first time* I ever saw Van Gogh's work and how much it moved and inspired me.

I also LOVE faces and distorted portraits fascinate me so when I found Van Gogh's 'Portrait of a Man (Joseph Michel Ginoux)', I just had to do my own version...
My Interpretation of Van Gogh's 'Portrait of a Man (Joseph Michel Ginoux)' - really enjoyed doing this! The beauty of doing a portrait of a distorted portrait for fun is that it doesn't matter if its a bit more distorted!? Instead of using oil paint as per original, I used Derwent colour pencils and black charcoal to finish for dramatic effects. Have I ever mentioned how much I  LOVE using charcoal?

*If I remember correctly it was 'The Scream' and 'Starry Night' in a book at school. I have LOVED his work ever since. It touched my soul almost as if I could feel and understand every expressive paint stroke and colour he had used. There was something so wild and exciting about his style... I wanted to paint like him.

Monday, 29 December 2014

The Journey - Part 1

Recently I had this idea for a painting involving one huge canvas, masses of colour, lots of left over paint and one large brush.

The idea...
Starting in one corner, I want to paint my journey over the next year, as I feel it, as it happens, using masses of colour. I've dedicated this coming year to refocusing on art, in fact, my goal is to get Kazart up and running again by end of 2015. There. Its in writing. Done. Now I'm committed!

The challenge...
Yes I have a full-time job and a 3.5 hour commute every day but that's no excuse. I can still think about art and come up with ideas while I'm working or driving. There is nothing to stop me (only myself) from scribbling down ideas in my lunch hour or while I'm sitting in traffic. I can be a full-time artist as well as a mother, wife and graphic designer. I just need to re-prioritise stuff and rethink the way I think. The first step to being a full-time artist is getting into the habit of thinking about art all the time. If I can't find the time to do my art, I can still think about it while I'm doing other stuff. I just need a pocket notebook and a pen...

(Note to self. Carry a pocket note book and pen at all times)

Back to the painting... 
I'm calling it The Journey. My gorgeous kids gave me a humungous canvas for Christmas so yesterday, alone in my studio with my favourite music blaring, I started to paint. Of course, intending to paint only one corner, I got completely carried away and by the end of the CD the entire canvas was covered. But it felt sooo good! Standing back, I could see only one section I liked so I decided that bit would stay - the rest will be painted over bit by bit (or not) over the coming year whenever I get the urge. A continuing morphism of feelings expressed in colour...
The Journey (so far) - a work in progress. I am just painting it as I feel it using whatever leftover paint I find lying around in my studio. Its amazing how many half and almost empty tubes of paint I found! And by the way, most of what you see will be eventually painted over... except for my favourite bit.

The Journey (my favourite bit) - Love this bit! It stays... the rest is history!



Keep posted...
I'll keep posting its progress as it happens. Not sure where it will lead or what it will end up looking like but I'm pretty sure I'll know when its finished... 

Until Part 2...  Kazx

PS. If you want to join me, grab a canvas and start painting! Just make sure you leave a comment below so I can keep posted on your painting's progress too! x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Over the Moon

I am sooo busy at the moment. Christmas is coming, work is flat out and my creative spirit is flying high. There is so much I want to do but just can't seem to squeeze enough hours (minutes?) out of the day to get it all done. My mind is racing with ideas and sometimes I wish I could stay awake all night but my tired eyes just refuse to cooperate. SO this week's post is dedicated to flying high with boundless creative energy and expectations over the moon...
Over the Moon – pencil sketch redrawn in Illustrator and coloured in Photoshop. 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Introducing Bluesy Cat

At last! I am so excited! A new Kazart cat character has emerged! Yep its been a while, a few different directions, a lot of scribbling but eventually, I knew the right one would happen along...

Introducing Bluesy Cat... the coolest new cat in town! He is cute as a very furry button, loves to croon and will serenade you with all his heart. Out of the way Michael Buble... Bluesy is in town!
Bluesy Cat - the coolest new cat in town. Hand-drawn and coloured with Derwent colour pencils on cartridge paper. Have I mentioned how much I love these pencils? Ever since I was a young girl and I received my first tin of 24 (which I treated like gold...) I have LOVED them. There is nothing that compares, especially when it comes to drawing furry characters.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

IF – Smooth

According to my faithful pocket sized dictionary (which is possibly a zillion years old) 'smooth' means 'suave'. Hmmm... I know someone who is not only smooth (and sleek) but also very very suave indeed...
Sneeky Cat – drawn and coloured using Derwent colour pencils, this cat is not only smooth but very sleek (and sneeky). Speaking of smooth... there is something so soothing about drawing fur. Purrr..... x
Want to see Sneeky Cat on a mug? Go to Redbubble and visit my shop kazartgallery  :)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Phoebe - Wishing on a Christmas Star

This is the illo for the first ever Phoebe Christmas card! Yep I am so excited! I've wanted to create one for so long but it had to be the right idea for Phoebe first. She couldn't star in just any old Christmas card - it had to be something slightly over the edge in a quirky Phoebe way... here it is at last!

Phoebe decided to get into the swing of things early this Christmas and avoid the last minute rush but it seemed she wasn’t the only one…
Phoebe Wishing on a Christmas Star - Phoebe was hand sketched and then redrawn and coloured in Adobe Illustrator. The star took a lot more thought (actually had to sleep on it...) but eventually it came to me... alfoil! Scanned and dropped into the outline of the star, I then added a glow effect in Photoshop. Its definitely the star of the illo!?
 If you want to see how it looks printed on a Christmas card, cushion, tote bag, iphone cover, Tshirt or mug, then go to  Redbubble and visit my Kazartgallery shop. There's heaps more Kazart stuff and other Christmas gift ideas there too!