Monday, March 10, 2008

March Newsletter

I have written a new newsletter! This newsletter can now be read from my website. In the past, I sent out news via emails. I have set up a section on my website where this issue and future issues can be read. There is also a link to the newsletter here on my blog...see the side bar on the right. I will post a blog entry each time a new one is written. Members of the Newsletter Group, will receive a notice in their mailbox when a new newsletter is ready to read. To become a member please email me. Please note that if you are currently on my mailing list, you have automatically become a member of the Newsletter Group. The newsletter is free.

5 comments:

Jeanette said...

Teresa, fabulous to see a productive Canadian CP artist! I'd love to add your name to my blog list if I may. I'm trying for Canadian content :)

Thank you also for the mention in your newsletter. Eric was such fun to do and I plan on more like him in the future. As well drafting film is a dream to work on, like drawing on butter...

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Jeanette,

Wonderful to hear from you!!
Yes you can add my name to your blog list! I love visiting your blog and I have spent quite a bit of time checking out the sites you mention. This surfing gets addictive! It is such an easy way to be connected to an artistic community.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi again Jeanette,

I forgot to ask about the inspiration for Eric...how did you come to know about him? I look forward to seeing more of your work on drafting film! Drawing on butter...hmmm, you know how to make a gal hungry...

Jeanette said...

Thanks Teresa. I was looking for images of primates and this was done from a few I found. I liked the pose of this little guy and he looked so sad and fragile I wanted to hug him. Apparently baby orangs were often taken for pets/zoos and the mothers killed in the process. Its so sad. Poor little Eric.

I wanted to use vibrant colours to bring life to him and I was playing around with values using colours and it sort of just happened.

Do try some drafting film if you get the chance, I think you'd really like it. Its a bit of a learning curve as you can't get many layers down, so it makes you plan and choose your colours carefully.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Jeanette,

It is terribly sad what we do to animals. When I look at your piece, I too just want to wrap my arms around him and give him a hug.

I have tried drafting film. I love the rich look of the undiluted pigment. The down side for me is that I really enjoy layering (even though it can take much longer). I think my greating challenge is when I flip the film over to work on the backside. Working in reverse seems to scramble my brain a bit! :-)

When I teach my Intro course, I have students do the same subject on different surfaces using the exact same palette of pencils. It is fun when they get to the drafting film. They are surprised at how rich the colour is, compared to working on white or coloured paper. Personal preferences start to come into play...they might be more the type that likes to build colour up slowly (seems a bit safer that way) or they fall in love with the immediate results. Watching people explore the medium is very enjoyable. Teaching is a lot of work (as you know) so I hang on to these bright spots - when I get to watch people discover what is possible in their artistic journey.

Anyway, back to wee 'Eric', I sure hope he managed to have a good life somehow.