"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" Van Gogh
"Creativity takes courage" Henri Matisse
These quotes resonate with me because they are from favourite artists. Van Gogh was a Dutch artist who was thought not to sell many paintings in his lifetime, but he sold more than a couple. His Uncle Cor commissioned him and he sold to an Art Dealer, Julian Tanguy. Also his brother, Theo sold another to a gallery in London. He often traded with other artists - often in exchange for food or art supplies. He actually was very experimental with his work and very influential, creating very colourful and painterly, using pattern and textures. He actually created 2,100 works, 860 were paintings that he did in the last 2 years of his life. He was known as a manic depressive and had some problems and died at 37 years old. He kind of puts me to shame. Tremendous courage!
Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Also he was a printmaker and sculptor and lived to 85 years old. He was known for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Initially labelled a Fauve, which means "wild beast". Also known for his radical outrageous use of colour and pattern. Originally he trained to be a lawyer but because of a case of appendicitis at 20, his mother brought him some paints, which inspired him so he became an artist. This disappointed his father however. He was influenced and became a good friend of Picasso and he loved cats and doves. Unfortunately in the last years of his life he was confined to a wheelchair.
Both of these artists were influential and independent. They didn't just attempt at doing things - they achieved so much. As an artist, it takes courage to keep painting, keep striving, keep experimenting and to keep going. Another quote:
"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant; there's no such thing. Making you unknown known is the most important thing". Georgia O'Keefe
I share my wok because a lot of work goes into making each piece, hours of time, paint, colour, organisation and design. A determination and grit to keep painting, even when you don't get any sales. It is something I have to do because God wired me with creativity, which takes courage.
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This was my Creative Collective Showcase video which was shown on the night of Sunday 14th June via Zoom together with 9 other artists online. It was a wonderful experience and so grateful to be part of such an array of talent with musicians, singers, poets, film makers, actors and other visual artists. So much potential for entertainment and memories, which I will remember from Lockdown.
Hi, my name is Jackie Norman and I live in Slough with my husband, Dave. We have two grown-up girls who have now left the nest. I hope you received my previous blog post, "Is Creativity Important?" earlier. Does creativity make you happy? I think it does and certainly at this time it is important to me and gives me focus, passes the time happily and it gives me an opportunity to share what I do.
I have always drawn and painted from an early age, especially since receiving a watercolour box as a prize for a piece of written work I had done. I am a Visual Artist working in acrylics, pastels, oils, pencils and charcoal, some watercolour, marbling and mixed media. Sometimes in encaustic, which is hot wax. However, over the years I have turned my hand to a variety of techniques i.e scraperboard, screen-printing, collage, etc. I love portraits in particular and figure drawing. I would say my work is mainly realistic as opposed to the abstract, except encaustic/marbling which lends itself to it. I generally though draw and paint from life, from photographs and what I see. I do have paintings for sale on my website.
As you can see from my Facebook page, I like variety and, as well as art, I like salsa and zumba dancing, aerobics, swimming, music, reading, puzzles and problem solving, as it keeps my brain active. I like to experiment with different materials and techniques and also turned my hand to some digital illustration. I love to paint in bright colours and like the play of light and shade. I particularly love the Impressionist painters and draw inspiration from them e.g. Degas, Manet, Monet, Seurat, Toulouse Lautrec etc. However, I look at a variety of artists like the pre-Raphaelites, Matisse and Sorolla, Anthony Hopkins, Rembrandt and Picasso.
I took early retirement after working in a school for over 18 years, where I worked with SEN children. This gave me the chance to do backdrop for plays and murals, display boards, face painting and helping out in the drawing and art lessons,
My work varies between:
Seascapes, nature and landscape, gardens, encaustic art, Windsor Castle, cityscapes, buildings, London scenes, people in an environment, pastel jazz pieces, pastel portraits, cafe scenes, portraits and portraiture, pet portraits, pen/ink drawings, still life, fruit paintings, floral paintings, biblical paintings, religious paintings.
You can find my work on my website which is:
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Hi, my name is Jackie Norman and I live in Slough with my husband, Dave. We have two grown-up girls who have now left the nest. I am a Visual Artist of many years. Is creativity important?
Everyone is creative to some extent. Does creativity make you happy? Does creativity reduce stress? Drawing and painting is creative that is true, but so is pottery, making things, needlework, knitting, crochet, building bricks, gardening or cooking a meal. Creativity has certainly helped me in this Coronavirus to have something to do, is calming and soothing and is developing a way to cope during these times when we are at home. It helps focus the mind on something instead of the endless TV programmes, social media and other things that are negative. It can drive you mad after a while!
Scientists have discovered over the years how creativity comes about through play and how creativity helps mental health. When we look at children in the early years, the play with paints/paper, sand and water play, learning to write, playdough and sing, learn to play musical instruments and dance. They all may be different but they are all learning to create in their learning. Can creativity be taught? Where did creativity come from? Everyone has creativity in them so it is nurtured and it does improve over the years from practice and cultivating it, as drawing and painting can improve over time. In schools there is a link to mathematics and art, as measuring and calculating are in the art process. Also in cooking and needlework, in fact a lot of creative arts.
Do animals have creativity and imagination? It has been discovered that elephants have been known to be able to paint and in animal watching, we discover that cats and dogs are creative, birds sing and dance and we see it across nature.
Does creativity decrease with age? I think it is so important that we keep nurturing our creativity as long as it takes. It slows down the ageing process so we should all nurture our creativity in the many ways we can do so. Where did creativity come from? I think God wired us in the first place with creativity in the many gifts and abilities he has given us. We are all different, all unique, all extraordinary in many ways. So in this crisis time it would be interesting to find out what people are doing to cope with this time?
This Self-Portrait is an Acrylic Painting, which is painted in a semi-impressionist style, lots of yellows and blues, on a boxed canvas 18" x 24" x 2". I painted this for a competition at the Mall Galleries Portrait Competition. Competition was extremely high and so were standards of excellence. Why did I paint myself like this? This was a fond memory of mine where we visited Bournemouth, my husband Dave and I, staying at the Chocolate Boutique Hotel. It was Dave's birthday in the October, hence the coat at the time. I used to love that coat but I lost it when I visited the USA at Charlotte Airport, I have tried to capture the smile and stance. I am seated on an animal skin chair, which is kind of fascinated me. I am at the top of some stairs where is near a small window with venetian blinds. We had been for a walk and just relaxing before dinner.
The painting is a personal one but I can do commissions of similar portraits and portraiture, in acrylics or oils, watercolours, charcoals or in mixed media. I also paint pets/animal portraits and portraiture. These are at reasonable prices and rates. At this size I would charge around £250 for acrylics, but I could paint in oils, watercolours, mixed media or in black/white charcoal or smaller portraits if desired.
I created this painting after our recent trip to Amsterdam where we went to these beautiful gardens, where there were a wide variety of tulips and other flowers. I loved the colours and the way they were put together.
floral garden - acrylic 30cm x 60cm
Sunday 14th June
There were ten of us artists on the Showcase - musicians, poets, visual artists, film makers, sculptors and singers. I was interviewed by Andy Kumar, also an artist and actor, and showed a series of videos - one was me presenting myself as an artist, then my time lapse of me painting Marsaxlokk which in Malta. Finally showing the final piece. This was all done on Zoom because of the Lockdown. Each piece was in light of what each artist was doing in Lockdown.
First out was Andy B who performed a cover from a Pink Floyd album, one of my favourite bands. Then Juanita who read out one of her books, which was highlighting Uganda and and was well performed as well. After my performance there was Katie Bonham, a film maker and writer who made a film of actors performing from Romeo and Juliet, from Shakespeare. However, they did their own take on it. Leonie Adams who performed as a quartet, very cleverly done, playing her cello. Pete Cox came on performing one of his poems - he normally performs at the Innerverse at the Herschel Arms but due to pubs being closed, he has been working from home and they meet regularly online via zoom. Fahima Mahmood showed a beautiful garden she had made out of recycled materials in a basket and she performed on film and well presented. There was some amazing photography from Sara Henry and very well filmed. Next there was a lady named Van Bui who has only been in the country 4 months from Vietnam. She is a documentary film maker and finally, Siobhan White who sang a song from The Wiz.
It was an amazing evening with lots of content and I would like to thank all from Resource Productions who made it all possible.
I started a Created to Thrive Art Mentoring Course through Matt Tommey and then started the Created to Thrive Experience Course. Exciting things are ahead, so watch this space! I thought I would share some of the work I have been doing. I was listening to a Christian song: "You Can Have It All Lord, Every Part of My World" and then the next line is "Take this Life and Breathe on the Heart that is Now Yours".
So I felt prompted to go to my Encaustic Art Set. What does encaustic art mean? It is basically painting with an iron using flat crayons. I have created a set of hearts. The first one is a depicts my restless heart and the second, a strong tree.
See above link to Slough Art Society website.