Gazoonkas in my coffee?
Gazoonkas in my soup.
Tom Godfrey, a friend from the crazy days of Teachers College in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, where we all learnt the art of teaching, has masterfully created some wonderful Gazoonkas using his digital paintbox.
You can see more of his work on
Explorations with charcoal and paint.
While I was at university I explored imaginative drawings and paintings working with charcoal and then into paint.
Kakamono means scroll in Japanese. This drawing is an unraveling story of nights of insomnia, begun by placing random marks on the page with my Japanese brush. It was my conscious effort to focus on the positive and, while acknowledging the negative, concentrate on making something beautiful.
I started learning to draw copying Disneyland magazines when I was very young. Make believe and imaginative stories followed me into my teaching career as an infant and preschool teacher. It is no surprise then that I see faces and desire to make them a reality. I find myself intrigued by this interpretation of 'Jack and the Magic Beanstalk'
...and paintings. Something more traditional. Learning the skill..and innovating..experimenting with scale...pushing out of my comfort zone.
I have been a sketchbook enthusiast for many years. Here are some examples of the many ways I have experimented in the playground of the sketchbook.
'Imagination is more important than knowledge'. Albert Einstein
'Creativity is intelligence having fun.'
'Disneyland will never be completed.
It will continue to grow as long as
there is imagination left in th world'
PAREIDOLIA, in a nutshell, is the ability to see faces, or other things, where there isn't one.
In his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote of pareidolia as a device for painters, writing "if you look at any walls spotted with various stains.... if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers, combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms."
These imaginings, or seeings, with the aid of drawing, become my Gazoonkas
Fran Webster's Art
More of my work can be viewed on Redbubble.
and on my face book art page
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