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I’m starting the new year with an updated website and a new post. Suffice to say, I’ve combed every page on my site and fixed errors, checked links, replaced missing pictures and tinkered with the innards. Any omissions gratefully accepted. I was shocked to find that I had more drafts of posts waiting in the wings, than published posts.

It’s difficult to know where to begin again, so I will concentrate on presenting artists of various ilk, whose work inspires me and perhaps will inspire you too; until I find my feet again.

Today it’s a toss-up between several artists in diverse media but I think I will begin with a website I originally came across in June 2006. The website is called wasted beauty.  It’s a bit of a puzzler as the only credit on the site is for the atmospheric soundtrack; attributed to Lars Sinda and while the German website is registered to the same person, the artist denies that he/she is Sinda. I admit defeat. The artist wants to remain anonymous – so I will respect that.

Wasted Beauty opening screenshot.

Wasted Beauty opening screenshot.

The reason for this post is not to feature the detailed pencil drawings themselves but for the adept use of actionscript and the quite extraordinarily charming flash interface – so yes, all of you smug Apple users will just have to go to tle.deviantart.com to view the art.

I’m not a great fan of animated websites – it’s a little, “flash in the pan” – pardon my pun – whatever means are used to achieve it. If the purpose is to enhance the user experience, it’s quite another thing and the user interface here does just that. The website is elegantly simple with self evident user elements that animate into life in context, on hover. Some of the artwork has been animated too, imbuing the pencil illustrations with eerie life.

Not much more to be said on this topic except – go have a play and hopefully you too will be delighted.

Logging off, Jools

Someone asked me recently why I didn’t post more often and I really don’t have a suitable answer. I thought that perhaps I should change my we(blog) name from pontificates to procrastinates – but it’s already been done. So much to do, so little time – but since I have put fingers to keyboard I will show you one of the things that I did this long Easter weekend.

The three finished projects.

The three finished projects.

The sun shone out of a cloudy sky as Thatch and I belted down the freeway towards the Dandenong ranges. It was to Belgrave in those hills that we were headed to visit with a friend, doll artist and all around talented person, Doreen Backway. I had taken some photos of Doreen’s work earlier in the year and decided that I really needed to do something with them.

A small portion of Doreen’s stash.

A small portion of Doreen’s stash.

We agreed on an interview (that will be in the post that follows this) and she invited me to her home to attend a craft class on anything I was interested in learning. Having no idea – I opted for something in clay.

Getting ready to begin.

Getting ready to begin.

Doreen has been making cloth dolls for some years and she has a workroom that puts my own modest little stash to shame.
Fabric competes for space with craft supplies, trimmings and tools of every description. Disembodied doll faces, hands and feet,
randomly peer from crevasses in the fabric cliff behind her desk.

Some of our cooked molded heads.

Some of our cooked molded heads.

My eyes enviously devoured the colour coded alladin’s cave of goodies. Doreen decided that we would be making wood sprites using molded polymer clay faces and twigs that she had collected from the garden that morning.

Detail of tree sprite by Jools.

Detail of tree sprite by Jools.

She generously provided detailed and patient instruction on how to use the clay and molds, while the clay was cooking we had lunch and then began the process of decoration using fabric, wool, paint, embellishments and anything else Doreen could think of to enhance the project that the three of us were engaged in.

Detail of tree sprite by Thatch.

Detail of tree sprite by Thatch.

Completed, the project was deemed successful by us all. Thatch and I had a great time. Thanks Doreen.

Detail of tree sprite by Doreen.

Detail of tree sprite by Doreen.

Logging off, Jools

Recently we rose before dawn and drove across town in the dark to a small patch of green in the middle of urban Richmond. I had heard that there would be a balloon launch to celebrate the first ever balloon flight over the Yarra Valley some 100 years ago.

Balloon launch to celebrate the first ever balloon flight over the Yarra Valley.

Balloon launch to celebrate the first ever balloon flight over the Yarra Valley.

We got there before the sun rose just as the balloon was being launched. Additionally there were balloons tethered to the oval and others that flew in from further inland. I was there with my camera; leaping out my skin with childlike excitement.

Sadly earthbound - Jools in a ballon basket

Sadly earthbound – Jools in a ballon basket

I managed to talk myself into the basket of one of the balloons and we even got off the ground… oh about 1 metre off the ground, but I have been smitten. I would dearly love to go on a balloon flight. Any time of the day would do me. Oh my yes.

Earthbound balloons

Earthbound balloons


The colours and the forms and the way they bounced around in the morning light. My what an exhilarating way to spend some time. I’d like to share an assortment of pictures I took that morning. I hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed taking them.

Sunrise on balloons

Sunrise on balloons

 
Gotta love this one

Gotta love this one

 
Abstract with Balloons

Abstract with Balloons

 
Another abstract with Balloons

Another abstract with Balloons

 
More Balloons

More balloons

 
Keeping it inflated

Keeping it inflated


Logging 0ff, Jools

Some years ago an exhibition of Amish quilts was put on display at the Victorian Art Gallery. It was viewed by the gallery as a stop gap between major exhibitions. I found it was an astonishingly beautiful and intimate view of a lifestyle that is foreign to me. Since then I have taken every opportunity to view quilts on exhibition whenever I can manage it.

I feel strongly that quilts are pieces of art and should be acknowledged as such. Technically there are hand sewn, machine sewn and many are a combination of both. There are those that are drafted by hand and those that are drafted by CAD software.

But to create a successful quilt there needs to be a combination of creativity, design, colour, technique and skill. The best thing of all about quilts is the fact that they have a purpose. It’s rarely design for the sake of it – quilts serve a practical purpose and are made to provide warmth or to be worn.

Right now I like to look, perhaps one day I’ll have a go at making one. Recently I went to a craft and quilt fair, spent nearly a whole day there and I took some pictures to show you something of what it is that attracts me.

This first, ia a prizewinner, no surprise really, it is a glorious piece of work of which I captured only a small part of a quilt called “Run for your life” by Jill Hessing.

Detail of turtles and heron from Run For Your Life Quilt by Jill Hessing.

Detail of turtles and heron from Run For Your Life Quilt by Jill Hessing.

My record keeping was a bit scrappy, but I think this next one is by Pat Stevenson called Sally’s Secret. It’s based on a traditional pattern called “Baby Blocks”. I love the use of colour in this geometric design.

Sally's Secret by Pat Stevenson.

Sally’s Secret by Pat Stevenson.

The next is a wholecloth piece, i.e. made from one piece of fabric and then quilted. It is a computerised design that was created on a longarm quilter rather than on a domestic machine like the previous two. Called “Feathered Roses” by Eileen Donnelly.

Detail of the computerised “Feathered Roses” a quilt by Eileen Donnelly.

Detail of the computerised “Feathered Roses” a quilt by Eileen Donnelly.

The next is the centre panel of a freehand quilt by Clare Fairless, the name of which I’m afraid is illegible in my notes.

Centre panel quilting by Clare Fairless of castle enclosed by dragon.

Centre panel quilting by Clare Fairless of castle enclosed by dragon.

I’ve also added another detail which would have been much better if I had not blurred the shot.

Detail of quilting by Clare Fairless.

Detail of quilting by Clare Fairless.

This next is from “Morris Gothic in Gold” by Judi Liebmann and is mainly appliqued.

Detail from Morris Gothic in Gold by Judi Liebmann.

Detail from Morris Gothic in Gold by Judi Liebmann.

This is sadly another not so sharp picture of the whole quilt. It impressed me for many reasons, it took my breath away and made me forget how tired I was after so many hours spent wandering around.

Morris Gothic in Gold by Judi Liebmann.

Morris Gothic in Gold by Judi Liebmann.

This next is the last one for tonight, I’ll put up some more in my next post eventually. This last one is quite a lovely design and if my notes are right is called “Woman Attacks Sewing Machine With Axe” by Cindy Cudmore. In the quiltmakers remarks she says. “Made from a Sara Nephew pattern. I bought a book and two rullers to make this quilt. They are not likely to be used again.”

Woman Attacks Sewing Machine With Axe by Cindy Cudmore.

Woman Attacks Sewing Machine With Axe by Cindy Cudmore.

Until the next post, logging off, Jools

I’ve been researching for a couple of essays, so I’ve not done a lot of drawing. On top of that I am getting used to contact lenses which are being replaced because they don’t sit properly. I have to wear them anyway just to keep my hand in, suffice to say I can’t see very well. Instead of doing something really taxing today I will show you some of the works by other artists who inspire me and I admire.

There is so much great art out on the Internet that sometimes it becomes overwhelming. Here are a few of the places I go when the brain and the spirit need a boost. Make sure you have flash loaded and ready for bear to get the most out of a few of these.

The first website is Desktopography. They invite designers to create nature themed wallpaper for your computer.

Tomorrow by Juhnani Jokinen

Tomorrow by Juhnani Jokinen

This is a flash website – slow and clunky, but the music is suitably atmospheric and it does look pretty. By and large the wallpapers are very well done, some are actually even worth downloading.

Worth1000 is a website in a million. Dedicated to daily image manipulation contests and it’s also a gallery of all the entries ever produced for these contests. If you have never been there before – it is a hoot. There are way too many people out there with more time on their hands than is right or proper.

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

Thumbnail from the Worth1000 website

A selection of thumbnail from the Worth1000 website. Just pick a gallery and begin exploring.

Jessy Veilleux is a 2D & 3D matte painter and concept artist.

Picture - Red Tree - Jessy Veilleux

Picture – Red Tree – Jessy Veilleux

He paints, he sculpts and he sketches and he lives with his pug Ruffles.
Ronald Kurniawan
is an illustrator and designer with a glorious sense of colour.

Queen B by Ronald Kurniawan

Queen B by Ronald Kurniawan

Next is Marta Dahlig and I refer you to her Deviant Art gallery because her own website is not ready despite the December 2006 notification. I sympathise though as I know there is always something more pressing. She’s a digital artist from Poland and her work is quite lovely.

Vanity by Marta Dahlig

Vanity by Marta Dahlig

Luke Felman has a website called Skaffs that contains both colourful and creative art and animation.

Skaffs - Luke Felman

Skaffs – Luke Felman

Sometimes a little melancholy but always inspiring. This next is a beautiful use of flash. Enter the world of Peter Gric and admire the website and paintings by this talented artist. His are strange landscapes with detailed abstract buildings or richly detailed interiors that lead the imagination into uncharted territory.

Dunke Blum 11 by Peter Gric

Dunke Blum 11 by Peter Gric

The last artist for today is the furniture designer Judson Beaumont with an astonishingly childlike eye. Sullivan clock created by Straight Line Designs. Magical is the word I’d use to describe the furniture and other creations that his workshop turns out. The clock above is the one I would buy if I had the money to do so.

Sullivan clock created by Straight Line Designs

Sullivan clock created by Straight Line Designs

So until next time, Logging off, Jools

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