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badlydrawngirl
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posted 02 July 2003 12:46 PM      Profile for badlydrawngirl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
sorry, on a bit of an art kick, but just a question:

do you do art? by art, i mean in the traditional sense, ie. paint canvasses, pottery, sculpting etc., draw cartoons

do you get anything out of it or is it something you just do or have always done?


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Lima Bean
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posted 02 July 2003 12:53 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I take photographs and make collages and doodle an awful lot. Sometimes I make little paper sculptures with glue and stuff. Some of it turns out to be art, but a lot of it is just fun and silly distraction.

I've had some of my photographs up on public walls a couple of times. Once at a cafe in Edmonton, and more recently at the Ryerson Gallery here in TO. That's a lot of fun. And kind of a suprising, encouraging experience. Especially when people like the pictures.

I hope to find somewhere to hang up some more stuff soon.


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lagatta
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posted 02 July 2003 12:54 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I studied visual arts, many years ago. I always drew, painted and sculpted. Never stopped. Got a bit sidetracked over the years, what with political, trade union and solidarity movement militantism, and between visual arts and writing.

I have exhibited and have sold work, but it was never my primary source of income.

I still paint, mostly watercolours, inks and gouache(I'm rather allergic to oil paints and don't like acrylics) some of my illustrated enveloppes were in a show in Paris, and others in a book.

Often I find it much harder to draw and paint than when I was younger, as I have this horrid vision of some middle-aged amateur artist exhibiting her pitiful daubs in a shopping centre concourse or community centre. To my mind it is important to do things seriously and not just muck about as a hobbyist.


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Lima Bean
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posted 02 July 2003 12:57 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It depends wholly on why you do it, though, doesn't it?

I think it's incredibly important to vital human existence to have some creative outlet, but not everyone can be Picasso or Van Gogh. Some of us have other stuff going on and only have time for art if we fit it in as a casual pasttime or a hobby. But it's better than nothing, isn't it?


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lagatta
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posted 02 July 2003 03:18 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course. I'd never be so hard on someone else, except perhaps if it was a friend who was a professional artist and screwing off a bit.
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skadie
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posted 02 July 2003 07:36 PM      Profile for skadie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've just discovered water color pencils.
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Lima Bean
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posted 03 July 2003 11:16 AM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ooh, they're fun, huh? My favourite thing about them is how portable they are. All you really need is paper and a tiny bit of water, and if you need/want a brush, it'll probably fit in the package with the pencils--and away you go!

I like to sit in a cafe or a park with pencil crayons and draw the stuff around me.


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lagatta
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posted 03 July 2003 11:52 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You can do the same thing and get better results with the little watercolour sets made for sketching travellers. There are very good sets available from Britain and the Netherlands, as there is an old tradition of such sketching in the UK (think of those talented "amateur" aristocratic ladies who weren't supposed to have a real job) and many Northern European countries.

You need a bit more water, but that is easily managed; just fill one of those little throwaway water bottles that are ubiquitous now.

The pencils are useful for certain effects, but rather limited in scope, and have to contain more medium with respect to pigment.

If you like to add ink, now Rotring, Pilot etc make excellent pigment-ink disposable pens, usually from Germany. You can find those at any good art and graphics supply place.


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satana
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posted 03 July 2003 12:29 PM      Profile for satana     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've been sketching profusely for as long as I can remember. Not counting photography and graphic design, these days, I mostly do calligraphy. There is something so satisfying about looking at the perfect balance of line and negative space. Its like good erotica. And when after hours of trying different compositions your hand creates something where every line is exactly where it should be....its like suddenly life has meaning, y'know?
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