Tag Archives: ireland

Watercolourist Explores Andy Warhol (Part I)

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My still life inspired by Andy Warhol

Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

 

A few days ago, a fellow blogger asked if I did still life.  I, at that time, had told the blogger in question that I had a still life coming but that it wasn’t what he would usually expect as a still.  The post I refer to is my Sand Dollar post from just a few days ago.  So, in further answer to the question of sill life I am offering this piece, completed on a bleak mid-Winter evening in 2011.  At that time, I had been exploring the work of Andy Warhol and thus, came up with this.  I used watercolours, acrylics and watercolour pencils on sketch paper and I really enjoyed creating it and still really like it!  The china by the way is my Noritake Watergreen Pattern (Made in Ireland!) and it became the topic of this still as it was piled on the dining table (just as it is here) awaiting its return to its usual home in the dining cabinet!  Enjoy, have a closer look at the works of Andy Warhol and keep making art!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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this is what I think it looks like when flying over Ireland

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, or St. Paddy’s Day, as we sometimes call it too!  Luck o’ the Irish to ya!  Hope you enjoy my forty shades, rough but fun acrylic on board, approx 36″ x48″.  As always, keep making art!

Watercolourist Enjoys Samuel Beckett Play in Seven Minutes

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For those of you who do not know Samuel Beckett, here is what Wikipedia has to say about him :

Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the “Theatre of the Absurd“. His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.

Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation”. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984.

I attended a conference while in Marco Island  and the speaker showed a seven minute play by Beckett entitled “Come and Go”.  I loved the title and loved the play which has only a little over 150 words and is performed by three ladies.  In my home province we often say ” She doesn’t know whether she’s comin’ or goin'” when a lady is overwhelmed or confused.  Because I have strong Irish roots I drew a connection between my experiences and the play, as well as Sam Beckett.  I was inspired to complete this watercolour journal page which is a rough reproduction of the final scene of the play (again in less than 15 minutes so it’s very free!).  The lady in Green says” Shall we hold hands in the old way” and they all hold hands.

Shall we hold hands in the old way?

I am also including a few more photos of Marco Island for you!

 

Wish it was me out there!

 

Taken while out to dinner at the Esplanade with my husband

 

Wish it was mine...

 

Enjoy, check out Samuel Beckett and keep making art!

Watercolourist Welcomes Celtic Spring

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Celtic Spring was actually on February 1st but with the snow storm on that day (oh the irony of it) and my frozen watercolour experiments I have yet to observe this special day in my watercolour journal.  Celtic Spring is also St. Bridgid’s Day,  so here’s a  belated health unto your company on St. Bridgid’s Day.  I am also posting the journal page for February 5th as well.  It pales in comparison to the work of Mother Nature and Jack Frost but in the words of the great Van Morrison..” we carry on regardless”.  So here are the watercolour journal pages with a few close-ups of the interesting bits!  Enjoy, celebrate a belated Celtic Spring and keep making art!

Not near as good a Mother Nature but I had fun with it Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

She certainly does! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Celtic Sping? Shubenacadie Sam and Wiarton Willie are in full agreement! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Interesting Bit Part I Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Interesting Bit Part II Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Interesting Bit Part IIICopyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Watercolourist Rejuvinated by Green Spring

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Green.  I discovered today that I don’t use green in my work nearly often enough.  I thoroughly enjoyed my ‘green day’ today and, as a result, I am feeling quite relaxed and renewed.  The colour green is often associated with nature, the environment, good luck, vigor, fertility, and spring.  All very inspiring and energizing concepts.  Did you know though, that green has a notorious side as well?  I’m sure you’ve heard, “he’s green with envy” , “boy that guy/girl is green” referring to the new person on the job.  But I’m thinking that because green also signifies renewal then the jealous and the inexperienced should revel in the hope that their greenness will soon shift from the negative to the positive realm.  Reading this, I think I’ll add ‘hope’ to my green list as well.

Things that are green:  Thousands of trees and flowers, grass (of all varieties, ha!), guacamole, apples can be green, shamrocks, Irish things and Ireland (it’s true about the 40 shades),  Kermit the Frog (who was feeling uneasy with his colour), cards can be green (that’s what’s needed to work in the U.S., I wonder if that colour choice was made on purpose).  Regardless, it appears to me that green is an under-utilized colour in my art and in everyday, man-made items as well, but certainly not in our natural surroundings.  Hmmm…..I’m laughing now as I think of something very undesirable but required by us all that is also green…..I’ll leave that one up to your imaginations!

So, off we go then, here is the work for today and my ‘green’ discoveries amongst my artwork! I used a variety of greens including leaf, viridian(hue), sap, hooker’s, emerald, Veronese and bright parrot greens in watercolours, copic markers, staedtler markers and sequins (again!).  You may also notice that I used a little iridescent medium for watercolour as well.  Enjoy, it’s easy to be green and keep making art!

Green is filled with colour Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Look at that…a landscape! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Loving the greens…springs and leaves! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Green strip..not in the hooker’s green though..Ha! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

A little spot of green Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

I wonder if she gives rides on that thing? Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

green and gold wrappings Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Green was a belated addition to a piece I thought I’d throw out..I kept it! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Green Tea Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Germany’s KPM porcelain signature Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

When you fly over Ireland and look down..this is what you’ll see Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Watercolourist in Training: Act as if it is impossible to fail.

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Another day and another entry into the inspirational watercolour journal.  I started the journaling as I had hoped it would inspire and energize me across the rest of my everyday life as well as other art, literary and musical pursuits.  Well, I believe it has and I have thrown caution to the wind, and a few household chores along with it, and acted as if it is impossible to fail.  I have also noticed others around me who behave in the same manner.  Family, friends, fellow bloggers and even people I do not know.  A great example was a very young man I saw when I was out and about today.  This young man had embraced his discomfort with boys clothes and everything that is boyish and dawned the clothing and mannerisms of a girl.  He was hanging out with two other boys and three other girls.  His friends, boys and girls alike, accepted him with abandon.  A huge credit to this boy and his friends!  He and they created an environment in which he acted as if it was impossible to fail ( I thought!).  I only wish I could be as brave on a daily basis.

The work today includes the daily journal page close up without the full-page.  In a fit of overzealous art making I started on tomorrow’s without realizing I hadn’t taken the full-page photo. You also get a little preview of tomorrow!!

Failure is a fact of life (depending upon how you look at it) but we should behave as if it is not. Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

In atonement for my “happy accident” (thanks to Jean Rooney, Visual Artist for this little quote), I’m adding a few sketch book marker pieces I began yesterday.  My inspiration for those is a friend I miss dearly who lives far, too far away.  We have a Saturday morning routine of e-mailing eachother and after I read her message I really wished I could have been there.  These colours made me feel much closer to her.  Enjoy, act, view and keep making art.

Thinking of a friend far away today Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Lovely place Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park