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Monday, March 30, 2009

Ink and anteaters

OK, I'm obsessed with a few things right now.

Firstly, ink.

I can't wait to put my pencils down for a while and get into the inky goodness in these gorgeous little packs.



Sadly, it's going to have to wait a little while as I have a heap of deadlines for pencil work that I have to focus on.

But I'm doing my ink classes on Thursday nights, so I can be as inky as I like for those three hours. I've only had one lesson so far, and I'd forgotten how much fun dabbling in puddles of paint can be.

I wasn't really planning on doing a course in anything, but when I googled Anna Hoyle, one of my favourite Aussie artists, and discovered she taught an ink class - in the same street I work on - I just couldn't resist.

Here's my favourite piece of hers, from her Power Moai Pastorale exhibition that's on now in Sydney at Harrison Galleries.



I'm hoping some of that talent will rub off on me!

I also suspect she's going to be an appropriately timed influence as my second obsession right now is with obscure animals and I think ink drawings could be a good way to bring some cute little critters to life.

My current favourite is the freakish looking anteater. Seriously, what the hell is going on with this thing


I'm also quite enamoured with stoats...


..sloths...


..fennec foxes...


and squirrels


My girls aren't going anywhere, but I would like to supplement my art with an extra dash of cute and furry.

;)

xxx scarlet

8 comments:

*~Niki~* said...

I can't wait to see more animals in your work and see your ink work too, those inks look awesome. xxx

aramas said...

im dying from cutness. looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)

scarlett
(kate lightfoot)
said...

Those inks were totally irresistible. I planned to go in and buy 3 or 4 colours and walked out of my art shop with 12. I'm a total sucker for packaging!
xxx scarlett

Lexy. said...

Haha, that's what I do! Never, ever believe you're just going to buy a "few" things in an art shop. It doesn't work.

You've got some of my faves there too! Especially fennec foxes - I had to tear myself away from the one at Taronga, and oh, how I wish we had squirrels over here!!

Can't wait to see what you some up with, with all your inks!! I'm sure it'll be awesome :)

Kelly said...

You might like this for a ref pic woman! x
http://img154.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=70258_1_122_583lo.jpg

scarlett
(kate lightfoot)
said...

*squeals*
Thanks Kel!
xxx scarlett

Robin said...

That pic of the squirrel is just toooo cute. S/he would make a great addition to your work.

The inks are very neat. They look like little gift boxes. I need to pull out my supplies soon. I have been putting off designing a header for my site, for too long now.

P.S. Thanks, I just put Bonsai up as my desk top pic. Maybe she'll give me some inspiration to get to work ;)

lisa currie said...

oh i did that ink class with anne holye! gosh she's amazing. and the class was lots of fun - nothing beats splahing that first bold ink line onto the page x