Hi, great to have you here. This is my first post, well, the first one set to public viewing. I’ve been busy getting it all ready and glad to be now able to share my art and words with you here, on my blog. A focus of my blog will be my iPad art. But, also I’ll share with you my artworks I do on paper and sometimes on canvas; and my poems…haiku and illustrations.
I’ve found some lovely art apps, with amazing mark making properties. I just tap to access: paint, oil pastel, pencil…and more. With my finger (rarely use a stylus) I sketch down lines, lay down paint; use tone and colour, and create artworks very similar in look and style to my works I do on paper and canvas.
I’m no techno whizz, so I was glad to find apps, that are very straightforward, and easy to use. I talk more about these apps on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”. Among all of this, you’ll find plenty of drawing and writing tips:(more on my writing further along) most of them also apply to works on paper, canvas or an iPad. Below is a selection of my iPad art to show the different media and styles I like to work in.*I often put more information on image captions about the art apps used.
Drawing is a learnable skill
One, very important reason I want to have a blog (such a odd sounding word) is to help and encourage people (myself too) in their own art and writing adventures.
I’m always keen to help people learn to draw (my formal qualifications are on my “About” page) If you don’t have an iPad, a simple pencil and paper are fine for trying out some of my drawing tips and ideas; and to produce a finished drawing. As much as I love my new found art apps, can anything really surpass: paper and pencil!
There are slideshows and short videos on my blog, which I put together to demonstrate my drawing processes and various artworks. There is a way to “look” and “see” which is vital to being able to draw well: a very learnable skill. I’m passionate on these matters, and they will certainly come up in my posts..better move on before I write a short novel about drawing!
About my Writing
I write poems and illustrate them and as with my art, have become quite adept at fitting it all in between a hectic family life . As a mum of four boys (young men now); it’s not always been easy to do. My lovely husband, is also a great dad, which helps a lot.
In “Write and Draw on the Run: the Way to Get it Done!”..I talk about how my words and pictures often unfold or perhaps – unravel! My home-life inspires me, and is a common theme in my art and words.
My poems, are prone to turn into handmade books, such as “Mother as Writer”.
I love to write haiku.
I’m very fond of small poetic forms; hmm perhaps, not so obvious from this long introductory post 🙂 There’s more about my writing and about me, on my, “About” page, and “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”. Also a snippet about me on my home/blog page sidebar.
The Online World, and Blog Building
Until about a year ago, I knew little about social media, and didn’t have a email address and rarely used the internet; things have certainly changed!
I enjoy posting my iPad art (and my work in traditional art media) and words, on my Facebook Artist page.
I’ve built my blog, using the WordPress app on my iPad. I’m not very computer savvy at all, and rarely use one; very impressed with WordPress: their web/blog themes and support.
Arranging and setting up my content for my blog, has been a hugely enjoyable experience. I’ve learnt about: widgets (sounds like insects!) image files, responsive themes, how to make a picture gallery and so on..Also how to put in links; which I use frequently – it makes for easier navigation around my posts and pages.
A keyboard is always attached to my iPad. Not only is it great for extended periods of writing on a screen, but also prevents the iPad keyboard, popping up, when I’m working in the dashboard of my blog, and arrange my art onto the “Pages” app. I use this app a lot; more information in “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.
My iPad, among other things is: an art studio, gallery, art journal, notebook, sketchbook and a portal to a vast web galaxy. It reminds me of the Tardis in Dr.Who. Recently, I sat looking at my iPad art on the walls of the local cafe, and then at my little mini iPad (an iPad Pro 10.5” now – 2018) on the cafe table; and marvelled, how such a large body of work, came from this small device. There is a photo of some of my artwork on the cafe walls near the top of this page.
My Art on Practical Things
With my iPad art, (when I have time!) I make bookmarks, ( I love books) cards, place mats …First I set up my artworks in the “Pages” app; then they are laser printed; usually onto glossy paper. I use a matt laminate (which I particularly like) or sometimes gloss to laminate them. I sell them locally. Love to see my art on practical things, as well as on the wall – and of course, in books! 🙂 *Have since writing this, moved into printing more of my iPad art myself, and sometimes mixing traditional and iPad media in the same pic.
Here are some free printable bookmarks for you – (approx 16..cm x 5..cm) These are taken from larger works I did in The “Art Set Pro” app, then cropped, in “iPhotos”. It’s fun cropping work sometimes, and creating a whole new design from them. They have my web address on them; sort of bookmarks for my blog. 🙂
*My blog title is now “Janette Leeds Art and Words” and now my url is, “www.janetteleedsartandwords.com” which differs from on the book marks – though that web address should still get you to my site.
They are for personal use only. If you share them with friends, please direct them here to down load some, thank you. I’ve arranged them on A4 paper (approx 29cm x 21cm) so you’ll need that size paper or card, to print them on. They print well on a home printer. Just tap on the title below to download.
Conclusion: but Really Just the Beginning
My plan is to post here, every two to three weeks – perhaps more often, when time permits. I’ll see how it all goes.
I give thanks to God, for this blogging opportunity (actually, for everything); and I intend to make the most of it.
A beginning, yet also a continuation; a record of what I always do: draw, write, paint….
I hope you enjoy your visit.
Have a great day!