The Painted Diaries – May (part 4)

It's been an incredible month, hanging out with Hundertwasser, playing with shapes and colours and lines, and learning so much. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learnt from Hundertwasser: Be organic with your shapes and lines. Circles can be blobs. Squares can be roundish. Love of colour. Stripes and eyes and houses …

100 days of diary comics (week 8)

One of the things that has struck me as I have been making my diary comics this week is how I've been taking fewer photos when I get together with friends and family. This is because I know that my daily comic will be able to capture the feeling of being together in ways I …

The Lost Girls – a shadow album (Side A)

If you walk the corridors of the magical art school that is Art Witch Academy, you will eventually come to the Broom Closet. This is the place for working with shadows and clearing the dust off of past issues. One of the projects in the Broom Closet this semester is the shadow album, under the …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 3)

For most of this week I didn't look at my Hundertwasser inspiration book at all. I just made some doodles with my fountain pen and then coloured them in, drawing on all the influences I have picked up from the artist so far (the main one being lots of bright colour!) Lady Guy (in love …

100 days of diary comics (week 7)

This was a rather intense week! I started in a shadowy mood, got totally affected by the full moon in Scorpio, and ended with grieving the loss of one of my favourite TV shows. Up to this point in my 100 days project, I have been mainly concerned with choosing something that happened during the …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 2)

This week in The Painted Diaries, I had a lot of fun mixing and merging Hundertwasser's style with my own doodle style. I'm continuing to be blown away by his use of colour, so it may be that I never get round to experimenting in black and white. (Although: never say never!) One of the …

100 days of diary comics (week 6)

I've had a few moments this week where  haven't had a clue what to make a comic about! My mind goes completely blank. I have to take a few minutes to sit and think over my day. Something must have happened that I can make a comic about?! Sure enough, there always is, but it …

Mapping my personal symbols

When I was four I wanted to be a witch when I grew up. Over the years, while I might not have thought of myself as a witch, I have been involved in the areas of healing, creativity, and transformation – all pretty witchy! When I heard of the launch of Art Witch Academy, something …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 1)

May in The Painted Diaries is all about artist inspiration. This month, I’ll be sitting in the classroom with Friedensreich Hundertwasser, hoping to learn from his incredible shapes, lines, colours, and his love for and connection to the earth. I have never worked with an artist in this way before. I feel like I am …

100 days of diary comics (week 5)

One of the things I love about making art in general and about making comics in particular, is how interactive it can be. And this past week has been filled with lovely conversations in and around my diary comics project. Two weeks ago, I drew a comic of Mario, the chef at our favourite pizza …