2008-12-21

Art Stuff - Old Cowshed Matakohe Northland New Zealand from my Visual Diary


Mum and I went to Dargaville the other day to get some things sorted out for Christmas Day. Of course as per my usual bad habit, I had the camera and my sketch book with me just in case I spotted anything interesting. Mum was really into stopping at all sorts of places and my camera's memory card was full of really great images. She spotted this old milking shed, then stopped so I could get some photos and a quick outline sketch of it. The result is above, now in my visual diary. I'll be doing a couple more small water colour sketches of it then I'll do a painting of it. While we were in Dargaville we stopped at Mum's favourite cafe for some lunch and they had some art on the walls from some local artists. The kids asked where the landscapes were. I guess like all things art seems to go through phases of different styles. Most were abstracts with purple and pink swirls. Very creative and very clever. I've done abstracts myself, but I think I've found more enjoyment with painting our local scenery and of course wildlife than having a creative type inspiration. I was reading The Artist which is a UK publication. This one I've had for heck knows how many years, but I love the art magazines I get now and then when I can afford them. This one had an article about how the art schools had stopped teaching the fundamentals of drawing and composition. Being creative is one thing. Learning the basics of good drawing and painting I feel should be a must. I'm glad I'm still learning with each new drawing and painting I do. And this one I really enjoyed doing.

6 comments:

  1. That's beautiful Liz, I definitely like watercolours more than oils :-)

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  2. I Like both Amy. Oils are more challenging but fun. this one was fun to do. Took me a day or two to render the finer details but at least I can understand how it goes together. I LOVE old run down buildings.!!LOL

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  3. Liz, I love old barns and I take pictures of them if I have my camera with me. When I was a child I did lots of drawing and my family laughed at me when I said, I wanted to be an artist. So I gave it up and now I have no talent for drawing. I guess if you don't use it you lose it. I love your sketches and art. Keep 'em coming. Hugs..

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  4. Hi Leslie,

    You should just grab a pencil and a piece of paper and give it a try. My Mum is 76 years old and took up drawing six months ago. She had the same thing happen to her as you did. Well she said I can give this a try and so she has. I took some photos of her drawings so I'll post them. Mum said she couldn't draw either and well she's done really well. I make suggestions to her from time to time when she's come down with a drawing she's done but one thing I'll never do is criticise. I hate that. Suggestions are one thing having someone pic holes in it is another. Growl...I'm my own sorse self critic at times. I see faults in things but learn from it. As I read once..Anyone can draw if they can hold a pencil!!!

    Love and hugs
    Liz

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  5. Hi there Liz,
    I just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas- peace to you and your's.
    I LOVE the watercolor, I think this is one of my favorite mediums. The colors you have incorporated are wonderful...keep those treasures coming dear.... they are beautiful!
    Best,
    D

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  6. Hi diane,

    Lovely to hear from you. Maerry Christmas to you and your family too. I love water colours as well. This one turned out brilliantly and it was fun to do.

    Love and hugs
    Liz

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