Art and creativity in the everyday world.

artling ~ noun. (pl. ~s)
1: one who creates art, esp. everyday art.
2: child of art.
3: a beginning artist.
4: an experienced artist who feels like a beginning artist when starting to create, usually every time.
5: anyone who loves art

The best way to start the day.

The best way to start the day.

I like to read books and blogs on creativity. There is a general consensus that creating early in the day is the most effective way of making sure you achieve your creativity goals. Well, I decided to follow that advice recently and yes, I can say it is a good...
Catching up

Catching up

  “The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.” Anais Nin I’m looking for that kind of miracle. My guess is they don’t just flutter down on you from on high, other wise I’m...
Artist Interview - Figurative Artist Wendy Sharpe

Artist Interview – Figurative Artist Wendy Sharpe

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists.  She has won the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize and twice won the Portia Geech Prize. She was Australia’s official war artist in East Timor and Wendy has been the recipient of many national and international scholarships and residencies.  I have...
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On Choosing to work a day job

On Choosing to work a day job

I am starting a new job next week and I am so excited about it. It will mean working pretty much full time, mostly away from home and a lot less time for creating my art. So why am I excited by the prospect? There are a lot of reasons. (And yes, money is one...
Motivation + Action = Results

Motivation + Action = Results

I’ve been sorely in need of motivation lately! Since my last post *ages* ago, I’ve moved to a new town, new home, new just about everything. And oh my, it’s all proved a huge distraction from my creating! It’s time to take a break from unpacking and organising and get back into the creative swing...
Following Your Passion with a Side Order of Realism

Following Your Passion with a Side Order of Realism

I love the internet. Through it I have found my “tribe”. Many wonderful opportunities have come about because of my digital life and my whole life is richer because of them. I found my voice, clarified my ambitions and had the courage to work towards them, all because of the internet. I will not have...
Memory, What I Can Do and What I Can’t (or couldn’t)

Memory, What I Can Do and What I Can’t (or couldn’t)

First I was overwhelmed and had no time. Then there was time but I needed it for rest. Then too much time had gone by and I didn’t know how to restart. Then I just felt plain guilty. Today I’m putting it all behind and simply writing some words. I strive to one day come...
What Life Drawing Is - And What It Isn't

What Life Drawing Is – And What It Isn’t

I went to life drawing for the first time in ages. It’s a fairly new group with lots of new life drawers and even the models are new. All this freshness brought me to thinking about what life drawing really is – and what it isn’t. My first life drawing experience was over 20 years...
Colour Wheels, Colour Theory and Eyebrows

Colour Wheels, Colour Theory and Eyebrows

I am obsessed with colour. My children hate general conversation with me when colour comes up. Recently I was trying to describe which type of coffee I wanted by the colour of its pod. I was having great difficulty describing the deep coral, no, the dark orangey crimson, when my daughter said “Do you mean...
Creative Commitment versus Personal Promise

Creative Commitment versus Personal Promise

Personal Promise Recently we celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Honestly it feels like only a few short months since out 25th and not much longer since, well, you know how the story goes… it all just flies by in a flash and before you know it, your kids are grown and you’ve been married 30...
Artist Interview - Sketch Artist Liz Steel

Artist Interview – Sketch Artist Liz Steel

It wasn’t the best of weather, a little chilly and windy, but Notre Dame on Isle de la Cite in the centre of Paris still called to travellers and we answered the call! In the beautiful garden at the back of the cathedral I rendezvoused with Liz Steel. We sat and chatted and drew the...

The Artling Dream – What’s your dream?

9 weeks ago I had a dream. Now I have achieved it. In only 9 weeks I have created this website from nothing. I have many more dreams now. Dreams of building on what I’ve done already, of making it even better, offering more and building on the friendships which I’ve already made in this...
Artist Interview - Caricature Artist Rick Tulka

Artist Interview – Caricature Artist Rick Tulka

I am thrilled to be able to share this interview with you.  Rick is such an amazing artist.  He hangs out in Cafe le Select, a famous old Paris cafe where he draws the patrons, capturing the character of his subjects and exaggerating it, just a little (OK sometimes a lot!) so we know them...
Artist Interview - Sketch Artist Marina Grechanik

Artist Interview – Sketch Artist Marina Grechanik

I’ve been a long time admirer of Marina Grechanik’s sketches.  It has given me great joy to be able to ask her questions about her people sketching and her sketching process.  Here’s what she said. Why do you sketch? Sketching is one of my passions. Maybe it is the most accessible way to keep myself...
Introduction to Sketching Part 1: How to Sketch Figures, People and Faces

Introduction to Sketching Part 1: How to Sketch Figures, People and Faces

This article is the first of a series on the topic of how to sketch figures, which includes sketching people and faces. My first life drawing class was a surprise.  I was young and naive and had no intention of ever turning up for a class with a nude model posing in it.  So it...