Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pen Drawing Delight

The weather outside is frightful...
As I'm typing away here, my poor feeties are sooo-o cold
even though I have a warm blanket tucked around me,
won't even mention the frosty fingers.
I hope those Capetonians are happy...
leaving the back windows open like that and letting the cold
seep into the rest of the country...shucks!
Anyhoo...I've been doing a bit of drawing and thought I'd share.
Flourish Heart - Pigment Ink Pen Drawing (A4)
Available in PDF format in your choice of colours @ R50 per colour and in sizes A4, A3 & A2.

South African citizens can order prints by emailing me
at suritaDOTbrinkATgmailDOTcom.
I'm not set up for international orders yet, sorry:(
My warm cosy bed is beckoning...sleep tight everyone! 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Character Sketch

"Magdelize" - Mixed Media on Canvas, commissioned by Annalize Burger (all the way from Namibia) as a character sketch.
I met Annalize on an art group on FB, Kom Ons Skilder, and she asked me to do a little experiment with her after seeing the painting "Rosie" that I shared. The experiment would be this: she would give me a character description and I would use it to paint a portrait of that character. I did figure out that it was a description of her beautiful young daughter, but she didn't want a portrait of the real Magdelize. She wanted me to stick to our experiment. Her description of the character "Magdelize" was very detailed and made the job of painting her not overly difficult. The result is a picture of a strong young woman, looking to the future with determination, standing on a solid foundation of faith, family, patriotism & tradition and showing her deep love for the land she was raised on and the animals she cares for. I'm proud of this will be inspiring future paintings.
Love & Blessings!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mixed Media Painting - Always A Rough Start

I love Mixed Media art! I'd like to think that this way of making art has freed me from my perfectionistic tendencies and given me the gift of freely expressing myself through my art. Maybe not entirely though...
Although some pressure to work precisely has been lifted from my hunched over shoulders as I snip and tear and glue and paint away, there is always that moment when I stop...really look...and think - what is this mess in front of me? Blessedly those feelings of inadequacy and thoughts of "I really don't know what I'm doing right now", does eventually go away.... long as something worthy of being called art starts to emerge on the canvas...

...and I can look at what I've done and know the struggle to get there was worth it.

"Rosie" - 8 x 8 inch Mixed Media painting on Canvas
Like a butterfly struggling to get free from her cocoon, "Rosie" did eventually emerge from the rough beginnings of torn paper and pen scribbles, all pretty in pink at that!
There is beauty in imperfection. Our Creator looks past the obvious flaws in us, His creation, and our rough beginnings, and still loves us and sees our great potential. According to Him we were fearfully and wonderfully made. 
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion!  You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!"
Psalm 139:13-16 Living Bible
Love & Blessings