ARTY FARTY UPDATES vs LATEST ARTWORKS
As life is quite busy for me lately* I’ve been trying to think of an idea for reasonably quick blog posts, that are in line with what Write of the Middle is all about, and that are able to help me keep up a presence here on the blog until I get more time available to me for more structured and thought out blog posts. So . . . drum roll . . . I decided to periodically post photos of my latest artworks, when I have some to share.
I was going to call it my Arty Farty series (cos I love a bit of humour & fun, love to keep things light as much as possible on the blog, have always loved and used the term arty farty, and love arty farty people) but then I googled Arty Farty and the meanings that I read put me off that idea! For example, here’s some of the meanings/descriptions I came across below.
From Collins dictionary:
If you describe someone as arty-farty, you are criticizing them for being interested in artistic ideas or activities that most people do not think are interesting or worthwhile.
From Cambridge dictionary:
Trying too hard to make other people admire your artistic knowledge or ability (eg Phil and his arty farty friends)
Informal artistic in a pretentious way
Um – these are NOT what I mean when I say arty farty but to avoid any confusion I decided to stick to boring ‘ol “Latest Artworks” instead. Another thought was Latest Art Dabbles? I’m slipping into ‘overthinking’ territory as I’m known to do so please do let me know your thoughts on ‘dabbles’ and perhaps you think latest artworks isn’t boring or maybe you have a better idea for what I could call these posts. I am all ears!
This post is longer than subsequent posts will be as I’ve explained the background around why they’ve come to be and how life is for me lately. Subsequent posts will mostly be photos of whatever art I’ve done with a brief description around each one.
LIFE LATELY & LATEST ARTWORKS
There hasn’t been time for a lot of art lately but I’ve still managed to carve out some time for a little, and I’ll share those below. The first mini painting (the Mandarin Fish) that’s shown below was the first bit of art I had done for months and I felt rusty and unrelaxed. As a result, I’m not happy with it, but it was the little bridge back into my arty farty zone and it is a symbol of me making time for art again when times had been tough, so go me! When I’m doing art, I get into a really relaxed state, go into the ‘zone’, and my focus is entirely on the task at hand, not all the problems of the world, which is a really good thing is it not?!
I have quite a few mini paintings from when I did my 100 Day Project and I found some cute little square frames from K-Mart (a trio nest of three) that suit the sizing of my little mini paintings. So, I’m trying to complete sets of three so I can frame them up in these frames. What I do with them after that is yet to be decided!!
During the 100 Day Project – on Day 77 I did a mini painting of a clownfish. Therefore, I needed two more fish themed mini paintings to complete a set. Here’s fish themed mini paintings 2 & 3:
As part of Mum’s Christmas gift bundle, I gave her one of my paintings framed. It was the handful/bunch of Australian Native Flowers one that I did for Day 73 of my 100 Day Project. I knew she had loved that one. We hung it in her bedroom on one side of the room and she told me she’d like a matching one for the other side of the room. So one of the weeks that I was staying with her I set myself up on the back patio and I drew and then painted a vase of Australian Native Flowers to go with the first one.
Here’s some ‘in progress’ shots that I thought you might like to see.
It’s been hung in her bedroom and they both go together so well and look great. Best of all Mum is very happy with them so that is the important thing.
That’s all for now but stay tuned for my next update which will be whenever I have something new to share!
Ciao for now,
*I’m living one week with Mum, one week back home, and on repeat. A sister is with Mum on the weeks I’m not over there. Mum has been unwell since November and was hospitalised for three weeks during December. She was discharged just before Christmas but has needed someone with her since that time. Mum’s condition has improved in recent weeks and bit by bit we are getting things in place to help with Mum’s ability to live independently at home. Hopefully, with time, we can reduce the time we need to stay over there and Mum can get on with living and enjoying life.
UPDATE: Post title changed from ‘Latest Artworks’ to ‘ART CHAT: Show ‘n’ Tell’ on 21 March 2022
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