Author: karasartisticaladventures

About karasartisticaladventures

I am Kara Seaman, a Scottish born, Wales based freelance artist, and printmaker.

Some things to Watch and See.

A Virtual tour of the Van Gogh museum:

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

The City Art Centre  (in Edinburgh) Their Facebook Feed is pretty funny. https://www.facebook.com/City.Art.Centre.CAC

A List of Printmaking documentaries to watch:

8 Must Watch Documentaries About Printing and The Graphic Arts

Bob Ross: (Always hilarious and strangely soothing)

https://www.youtube.com/user/BobRossInc/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=7

 

I watched Miranda Hart and her mother on ‘All Gardens Great and Small’ the other night which I also though was good! channel 4:

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/all-gardens-great-and-small

Also Some folk music to sooth and revive! The Marc Radcliffe Folk show.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h8l4

That’s about it fr now , I’ve stalled on my photo editing of my colouring-in sheets, one coming asap!

 

 

 

 

 

Covid Colouring

Roll up-Roll up! For a  sneak peek into my colouring-in designs, it’s taking me longer than I thought to do these designs, as I keep wanting to colour things in..normally with the black pen, if you look at my sketchbook work-which is most like these designs, I colour in with black pen often!! It’s difficult to just to get the drawings correct so they are good enough for some someone else to play with!

These designs themselves are quite surreal, I have a wee hyena in the corner, a flat fish (as you do) a fantastical bird, an apple, a cuppa, a wee house! I love the surreal aspect to my work, I might make a few that are particularly surreal…I have a weird brain I think, who else would think of hyenas and cupcakes? (and I have no idea why I did!) I think colouring-in is a good mindful exercise, especially if you feel you can’t draw, I draw for mindfulness, I’ve been doing it for years before mindfulness existed!

I want to do a dog and a cat and an other pet page too, they are my next designs.

I also ordered a few supplies, for collage, so I hope to do some ‘how-to’ ideas too in time.

When I have finished these designs, they shall be sent to work-@Swansea Council, for them to put out on their social media, into a pack of crafts being taken around residents in Swansea and also on my blog and website for folk to copy, download and print off…i’m not exactly sure how yet.

kara seaman art heyena

 

In other news I thought I would also add a few cool things I’ve seen recently on telly or heard on the radio.

I’ve been enjoying The Great Pottery Throwdown..being a part time beginner potter, also I really enjoyed Age of the image on BBC 4. Also on the Radio..Radio 4 I really enjoyed Forum Internum.

In other news.. the only good thing that happened this week was that Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage  was saved!! Hurrah for that! I can’t wait to go! If you’re an artist and you’ve not read his book Chroma, you should..and indeed all of this books, but especially that one!

COVID 19

Social distancing, lockdown, empty shops, very clean hands, elderly and ill parents and grand parents shut away for ..a year ? Jobs and work and therefore money evaporating, these are very scary times indeed.

I don’t really quiet know what to do, I shall create something..at some point…I hope also to come up with some step by step instructions or ideas for folk to try-arty things to do with their kids, or to do for themselves, but I have been sorting out my own family and making them safe. Family really does come first.

This extraordinary situation, has literally affected all of us, I found it very interesting..as other people have noted, that at this time, of course the Doctors and Nurses are doing a wonderful job, as are the teachers still in work, but so too are those in Society who are in the least paid jobs, the cleaners, the carers, the shop workers, all of whom are very much on the front line, battling with idiots not paying any attention to social distancing and are selling them food to eat to survive, these people truly are the hero’s in all of this. and I could so very easily be one of those workers myself.

Swansea Print Workshop closed to the pubic a few days ago, therefore closing all of my up and coming classes with it. Swansea council has also almost shut down, we have been told to work from home, something I am adjusting to, collating information and ideas.

I feel for all of the people working in the restaurant industry too especially here in Swansea family friends own both The Khardomah and Arthur Neave and both have now closed. when they re-open I shall look forward to going to both! and of course Joe’s Ice-Cream!

My partner’s mother owns a Hairdressers: No 14 in Dunfermline, not in Wales..in Scotland, but she also has had to close her business. and what help is there for the self employed like her and indeed myself? We await to find out.

In the meantime, I am trying to sort myself out, dust myself down and get to work, I have plans, and am gathering many, many ideas…in the meantime here’s a few things going around that might be useful if you don’t like your own company, have kids or are just bored out of your skull already!

Images to download and colour in:

http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/?fbclid=IwAR1WTM9myU7Lc5AvDSHAGwWi7ZxCUGJEHGOl3Fh69TnszQv4iR8igmCzXIk

Virtual tours of museums online:

https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-these-12-famous-museums-offer-virtual-tours-you-can-take-on-your-couch/?fbclid=IwAR0PhmK9TjGNf29lgV6REO8U58dDF6az5MrCbvDvLBsBbUTgnhPB5owf0Bg

Also Noel Fielding is doing an online Artclub from his Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/noelfielding11?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

and someone has set up a Pandemical sketch club to join too:

https://www.instagram.com/pandemical_sketch_club/

I shall be posting more posts about friends artworks and music too in time.

That’s all for now I think! Phew, stay safe!

Here are some March Hares:

march hares

 

 

Workshops Galore!

All workshop’s cancelled, Swansea Print Workshop is now closed. #Covid19

 

olove thy dog

Evenings:

Press-print workshop -with polystyrene.
2 evenings | Wednesdays | April 15/22 | 6.00 – 9.00
Full/ Keyholder member £60 | Ordinary Member £70 |Non Member £80

Lino printing with Chine Colle
2 evenings | Wednesdays | June 19/17 | 6.00 – 9.00
Full/ Keyholder member £60 | Ordinary Member £70 |Non Member £80

Cyanotype Blueprinting|
2 evenings | Wednesdays | July 8/15 | 6.00 – 9.00
Full/ Keyholder member £60 | Ordinary Member £70 |Non Member £80

Feel free to contact me if you require more information kara_seaman@yahoo.co.uk

(membership of Swansea Print Workshop is £75 for full membership and £25 for ordinary membership (Yearly) but as stated you don’t have to be a member to do a workshop!)

To book a place on a course, please email jmford@ntlworld.com
Please note: ALL COURSES must be paid in full to guarantee your place on the course. In the event you can’t attend, SPW will only refund any fees paid if they can fill your place.

Payment
· Cheque made out to Swansea Print Workshop | dropped off at the studio or posted to Swansea Print Workshop| 19A Clarence St. SWANSEA SA13QR
· BACS payment |Swansea Print Workshop | 09-01-29 | A/N 37942494.
PLEASE NOTE | if you use this method of payment please send SPW an email to notify them that the payment has been made and we will send you a receipt and an acknowledgement that your place is reserved.
· Card payments can be taken in the studio but not over the phone

for more detailed descriptions and information please see the SPW website!

 

Exposing The Dragon

I’m assisting to print this fabulous Jamie Reid Screenprint! Over to Rosie Scribblah!

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screen 4

After the block printing over the weekend, I moved on to the next phase of the multi-media print designed by the artist Jamie Reid. I worked with Kara Seaman at Swansea Print Workshop to coat two silkscreens with Azocol photosensitive solution and after they dried, exposed them each with a transparency in the UV Unit.

Once they had been exposed for 2 minutes, they were washed to develop the image and then into the drying cupboard. Next stage is to do some colour tests and a couple of trial proofs – tomorrow ….

dragons-revenge

I’m developing an edition of mixed media prints for GS Artists from an original by Jamie Reid. There is a great exhibition of his work running until March 1st and here’s some more info about the show and the prints, which will be in a limited edition of 75.

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All or Nothing

Sometimes everything happens at once, actually, this happens very often as an artist.. there is 0 work for months, then it’s all at the same time, not only it is Dinewfr, and some work in Margo’s Vintage, but it’s also the Swansea Print Workshop Christmas Exhibition, this is opening on Saturday with tea, coffee and cakes all day from 10.30-4.30 pm! …and then is open then until the 27th of November.

kara's heron framed

Included are some of our postcards and larger bird screenprints that were printed in the summer with workshops by Kelly Stewart. That big grey Heron is mine..I know it’s a screenprint not a collagraph..shock horror!

There are many, MANY prints, cards, christmas cards and other gifts.

spw poster kellys work.jpg

A huge selection of cards for sale, all the xmas goths and animals are mine..not all the birdy ones though!

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Postcards created in the summer during Kelly Stewart’s workshops.postcards.jpg