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  • BE UNEXPECTEDLY ROMANTIC  

We’re all used to telling our nearest and dearest how much we love them when it’s their birthday or when there’s some big celebration, but sending them a message out of the blue when they’re NOT expecting it is guaranteed to touch their hearts.

And choosing a subtle image like this surprising pavement cover (above) from our Street Art range of greetings cards will make it extra special. Write a few heartfelt words inside and it’s a card your loved one will enjoy and return to many, many times. Spread a little happiness today!

 

                        

 TOP TIP

Start a dream journal. Keep a notebook and pen by your bed and jot down any dreams as soon as you wake. Write a brief description of anything you can remember and sketch any strong images – do it immediately because they’ll soon fade. Dream journals are a great source of ideas when you’re hunting for inspiration.      

  • SOFT FOCUS   

When I drew this sheep I knew that I wanted to convey it’s thick, plush coat, so I opted for matt chalks in muted colours for a soft woolly look.

I created a graduated background using green and yellow chalks, then sketched in the main shapes with a pencil and roughly added lilac chalk to suggest the shadows. I also put lilac round the outline too because the animal was constantly eating and moving, and I felt a nebulous quality would give the final work a sense of movement. Smudging the chalk horizontally helped to indicate the windy conditions as well. The final details were done with a black charcoal pencil.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL ART

The current Beyond Plastic exhibition at the Minories Galleries in Colchester, Essex is highlighting the harm pollution is causing to our environment.

On from 3-29 August at 74 High Street, a number of East Anglian artists, poets and community groups have set out to explore our dependence on plastic and ways to combat it.

 

    

 ART TALK 

“Art is a dialogue, good art elicits a response.”

Olafur Eliasson
Danish-Icelandic artist