10 things I love Thursday #1

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Hey guys, what a lovely week so far! The weather has finally perked up and I managed to wear a dress, it must be spring!

Anyway , today is the first in a regular series here about things I’ve been loving so far this week! Welcome to 10 things I love Thursday!

1) Willard Wigan, is an artist who creates tiny sculptures, from pencil lead to needle eyes!

This guy has amazing skills … and clearly amazing eyesight! I don’t think I would be able to do this! You can find more about him and his work if you Click here

2) I need this sign in my life!

Why are they always hungry?

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why don’t we do something like this locally, if it doesn’t harm them, and it would definitely make me smile! You can find more about these Click here

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This fascinating insight to where we feel our emotions first! If you really think about the way you feel and what emotion you are experiencing you can pinpoint where it is coming from! Fascinating really. You can find more information and the scientific experiment behind this Here.

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I absolutely love these I am wanting to design some my little ponies maybe I’ll do a challenge? Throwback to my childhood! I loved my little pony! You can find these on spippo’s deviantart by clicking here.

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Love this quote!

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Wow this is fascinating, you can find some more information about it here.

7)

This amazing smeg cooker!

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This beautiful stained glass window, stained glass is so beautiful!

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These beautiful geode tables! I wonder where I could put one… you can find out more about these by clicking here.

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Of course the new Aladdin is on here! I actually can’t wait!!

So that’s it for the first instalment, these are things that caught my attention this week.

What are you loving right now?

Till next time,

Xx

So far so good….

Challenges

Mermay so far is going ok. I haven’t felt like myself for the last week so it was a slow start but I have managed to catch up and all I have to do now is catch up on my Monochrome Month.

As someone who is creative and artistic, I find it difficult to choose one project and do just that one. There are many, many art challenges and just not enough time in the day unfortunately, for all of the things I want to take part in.

This is where I find myself. In the middle of three art challenges that circulate Instagram. I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Well, ALOT more than I can chew, as a beginner. (I enjoy them though)

However I am an advocate of learning on the job as it were. The best way to learn anything is to simply throw yourself in the deep end, hold on for dear life and try and learn it quickly so we can get on with the fun. I am still learning how to organise my time so that I don’t end up working on one illustration (am I allowed to call it an illustration as a beginner? ) for about a hundred hours!

The reason I wanted to take part in these challenges, is because it will force me to work on the areas in my work, that i find difficult and boring, and recognise those areas that need focussing on.

Mermay abound…

So this is where the challenge Mermay comes in. So far I have found that I really don’t like doing backgrounds. This is something that I have to work on so that my little characters don’t just float about.

This is where I am with Mermay so far.

On the whole, I am super happy with all of these and I find that the more I draw and play, the more ideas I come up with and the better I feel in myself.

If I can give any advice to anyone wondering the same, you know, “ I wonder if I’m good enough? I wonder if i can keep up? I wonder if people will laugh? “ all of these and more, I would just say don’t think about all of that nonsense just enjoy it and if nothing else just to say you took part. You should just have a go!

Anyways, that’s it for now,

Till next time,

Big love 💗

Xx

Tattoo-sday …. First ever post

Tattoo-sday.

First ever Tattoo-sday…

Tuesdays, or Tattoo-sday ‘s, are the days for looking at amazing tattoos! I love tattoos, the art everything about them, so instead of just looking at all of the tattoo images on the inter webs, i decided i should put it all to good use.

So, having said that, I would like to introduce you to a little regular feature here called Tattoo-sday (did you see what i did there) My plan is to post one every Tuesday, and basically just show you a few of the tattoos I have been drooling over.

 

The Ink….

These images are ones that i found online and i will try wherever possible to link back and credit the artists. Enjoy!

Beautiful!I want to believe

She's pretty scary. Dedication! I love this quote.

Well thats that then, i hope you liked my choices! i love all of these, the rex on the side of the head is awesome.

If you have any that you love i would love to see them, link them in the comments.

Till next time, Big love,

Amy xxx

A Few of my Favourite things….

A Few of my favourite things

Friday…

So it’s that time of the week again. Time to settle down with a cuppa and look at some eye and brain candy!

This week I was focusing on artist of all types, and thinking about the different approaches individuals have. The world is full of creative people, and the people I am  including today, are so inspiring and I love their work. I would love for you to check them out further.

So take some time out for yourself, sit back and look at these beautiful works.

1.Junipercakery

O.k so it isn’t “art” like you normally expect, but it is very artistic. Being able to make beautiful cakes and confectionary is a skill in its own right, and i admire anyone who can bake and decorate sweets as beautiful as these. The Juniper cakery is run by two lovely ladies, called Felicity and Krystle. They bake and supply cakes, cupcakes and confectionary, for Hull and the surrounding area. I literally could look (and eat) all of the things that they create. Artists in their own right.

Take a look….

Picture courtesy of Juniper Cakery.

How Beautiful are they? They don’t just do cakes they do sweets, cupcakes,macarons,cookies, and they are all beautiful. Kudos ladies!

You can find them in all the usual places and their website will be up and running soon. In the meantime click on the link to go their instagram.

Facebook

Twitter

Read their blog over at JuniperCakery

Awesome!

2. Arozona

Succulents. Who doesn’t love a succulent. Personally, I have a little bit of an obsession with them. So naturally when I stumbled across Arozona on Instagram, I had to indulge myself and found their art stunning, to say the least.

Courtesy of Arozona.

Gorgeous aren’t they?!

You can find more of their work here on Instagram

Definitely go check them out.

3 Micromachinedee.

This is an art form close to my heart.

Tattooing is something that i have loved ever since i can remember. I have a fair few myself, and have a few friends in the trade itself. My instagram feed is full tattoo artists and this is one lady who just stands out. Her designs are cute, colourful, quirky and fun. Needless to say she had to be on this list today. I could browse her feed all day.

Dee loves to use inspiration from Japanese anime to 90’s nostalgic cartoons and is also active in the cosplay community.

Courtesy of Danielle Soto.

 

How adorable is her art? I would love to get one, eventually… maybe sailor moon to go with my disney sleeve? 🙂

You can find more information and look at her gorgeous pieces by clicking on these links:

Micromachinedee.

Instagram.

Facebook.

So there we have it. I just want to say a big thank you to these lovely people for letting me feature them and use their images on my blog.

They have all left me feeling inspired. I am in awe of their originality and creativity. I wish I was as talented.:)

What art are you in to? what inspires you to create?

Big Love,

Amy,

xx

 

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Graffiti – Is it vandalism or is it Art?

General blogging.

Graffiti…

This is one of those subjects, a little like Marmite, you either love Graffiti? Or you hate it. But when does graffiti stop being vandalism, and start being art ? This got me thinking about my local graffiti, and the history and meaning of this popular sub-culture.

A Brief history….

The word “graffiti” comes from the Greek “Graphein” meaning to write, draw or scratch. This then gives us the common root word – graph.  Now, the word Graffiti, originates from the Italian language, and is actually a plural of the word “graffito“. These are both derived from the word “graffio” which means “a scratch” and it was the original graffiti that was “scratched” (not painted), into the surfaces of walls in ancient Greece, Pompeii to be precise. (keeping up? Good.)

Graffiti was first labelled like this in 1851, with reference to inscriptions “scratched” onto the walls in Pompeii. The definition has since grown to include all sorts of public “art” from hastily written tags, to the more time-consuming , elaborate murals. Artistic expression seems to be an old human impulse, especially on the surfaces surrounding us. Trees, walls, pavements etc. Some of the oldest art/graffiti dates back to Paleolithic times.

Picture courtesy of Ancient history encyclopaedia

Picture courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paleolithic..

The Paleolithic, or “Old Stone Age” is the earliest era of human existence, where stone tools were made and used, and its people took shelter in caves. This “Old stone age” continued until about 10,000 years ago, and included the impulsion to express themselves artistically. They painted animals and abstract shapes onto the walls of their caves. The meanings are uncertain and  arguments continue to this day about the meanings.

Personally, I think they were used to tell stories.

(like this scene in Ice age 🙂 )

However, natural historian, R. Dale Guthrie, has his own unique theory.

Based on handprints and other traces of the artists, he has concluded that the artists were often adolescent males, who may have been left out of hunts. They made these paintings as a way of entertainment, not unlike the adolescents of today. So you could say, that some of the first art known to humans, was in fact Graffiti.

The Mediterranean…

O.K,  O.K. If you live in a beautiful climate, like the people of the Paleolithic (granted it was kinda dangerous, what with the crazy predators) and the Med, what is there to be bored about?! It would seem that it grew into more of an expression of self and communication, than a means to pass time.

The Ancient Greeks started it as a way to advertise.

The people of the Mediterranean, some 2000 years ago, were no strangers to scribbling on walls and rocks. But these were different. One particular piece of greek graffiti was found in Ephesus (which now lies in Turkey) and was apparently an advertisement for a brothel!

The carving shows what seems to be a heart, a foot, a woman’s head and money. When you put those together, it is giving directions to a place you could exchange money for a woman’s ” Love” (hmm, go Figure?!) Granted ,this wasn’t exactly a beautiful carved piece of marble, in the shape of an Adonis, but a simple scribble, etched into stone for communication.

( this is maybe not true… but you get the idea )

The city of Pompeii, as we all know, was frozen in time by Mount Vesuvius blowing her top, preserving the city in a layer of ash, 15 feet thick. The graffiti found on these walls, range from sexual boasting  to simple declarations that friends had visited a place.

In the Basilica you can ponder the words “A small problem gets larger if you ignore it” (typically ancient Greek…)

Graffiti speaks and has spoken to  basic human impulses throughout history. Ancient Rome’s graffiti mocked politicians, and simply declared “I was here” (some things never change #YK17 ) So throughout human history, Graffiti has been a way of provoking a response, expressing opinions, claiming territory or declaring love.

writing down our thoughts and ideas or even a simple affirmation of our presence seems to be a universal impulse.

The 20th Century…

So what about graffiti today? Well, it turns out, just because technology has changed and evolved, human nature hasn’t( huh? you don’t say?). People still have an impulsion to scribble their graffiti onto surfaces they see. Think about the last public loo you went to and brad declared his love for Janice, or the last train you were on where “Soph Woz ‘ere”

Graffiti is most commonly associated with the hip-hop culture of America. Along with MC’ing, DJ’ing and dancing, graffiti is a central part of its sub culture. The origins of all these are traced to the Bronx in N.Y.

“TAKI183” popularised a subset of graffiti, “tagging”. He was messenger who dubbed himself “TAKI183” by shortening his actual Greek name, Demetraki, and the street he lived on, 183. Throughout the 60’s and 70′ he would scrawl his “tag” on surfaces around the city. His name gained recognition and, as usual, imitators popped up everywhere, including Britain

Pictures courtesy of Widewalls.ch

Rule Brittania…

Street art could be the most important phenomenon in the history of art itself. Consider the fact that there practically, isn’t an urban space, without pieces of street art. The supermarket, school hallways, bus stops, you name it if there’s a blank space, there’s gonna be art…Graffiti…Art?!

Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol etc, have started developing distinctive styles which could shape the street art scene of Europe. It started in the 80’s with car paint being the only form of media widely available. It coincided with the hip-hop and electro music movement on the radio.

Here in England, the line between vandalism and art has been blurred, with the likes of Banksy making millions, but remaining anonymous. Thus, adding to the mystery and allure of Graffiti as an art form. The ability to express controversial opinions, with little repercussion has an intriguing, vigilante feel to it. This makes Graffiti so fascinating and popular.

Other British graffiti artists include SmugAroe, Dave Bonzai, Remi Rough, Tizer ID, (I could go on) all have differing approaches to their art.

 

 Art or Vandalism, that is the question..

Many people have varied opinions about Graffiti. If someone came and painted on your house without permission, you would be narked and would class that as vandalism. But would you feel the same if you saw a breathtaking piece of graffiti art on a dull wall in the city? The authorities probably wouldn’t care that it was the next undiscovered Picasso, if it was on an owned property, it’s still vandalism. So, is graffiti art if it’s done legally and with consent? and does the fact that it has been given permission take the excitement and meaning out of graffiti, thus rendering it vandalism?

Personally: I see nothing wrong with a beautiful mural, covering what would otherwise be a dowdy, grey, urban jungle. It can showcase raw talent and gives people a means of communication that they may otherwise struggle with.

Locally, there is a place where artists go and create murals, remembering loved ones, and to stand up for the things that they believe. I have nothing against art of any kind, and graffiti, like it or lump it, will be around for generations.

Take a look at some of the art from my town.

Copyright.
A.Teasdale’17

What do you think? should artists be prosecuted for creating art? whats the graffiti like where you live?

Big love,

Amy

xx

P.S I would just like to point out that most of this information came from some websites off of the internet. I do not claim the rights to any of this information.i just did my research 🙂 You can find more information about this subject by clicking these links:

widewalls 

udemy

 

 

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