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Talking About Art – Karen Platt on Saatchi Art Online

Talking About Art is not an easy subject. Art, after all, is a personal creation and one where people either love your work, are indifferent or hate it. Even family members are not always supportive. You might work in a group or as I do in isolation. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

I create because, like most artists, I simply have to. It’s not just the urge to do it; it feeds my soul. I love the serendipity, the chance to explore and discover. What I choose to reveal and what remains hidden, on so many levels.

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Zantedeschia copyright Karen Platt 2020

Painting As An Art Form

I do enjoy painting because I love texture and colour. My chosen medium is acrylic because I admit, although I strive, I am not a brilliant watercolorist and I cannot stand the smell of oils. I know they are oils that are less offensive these days. However, though much maligned in the beginning, I feel acrylics have come into their own as a versatile medium with many qualities. It gives me the expressive ability I need.

Talking About Drawing

I certainly do not do enough of it. With each artwork in any medium you improve as you do more. This is especially true of the skill of drawing. It takes practice. For me, drawing is all about mark making, so not just drawing objects, but making marks.

Is Digital Really Art?

Currently this is my favourite medium and one I believe I excel at (nothing like blowing your own trumpet!). In all its forms and disguises, it is art. Think of Hockney’s iPad creations. I love the possibilities of taking photographs and manipulating them into something different and extraordinary. Of course, you can create art from scratch digitally too, but I prefer manipulation to that. Some of my digital work informs traditional work. Some of it stands alone when I use my photographs and enhance them digitally in many ways. I enjoy creating large bodies of work digitally like my church series or Tunisian doors. I have developed some of my own techniques. I am very comfortable with this medium. You too can learn photographic techniques on this ecourse

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Tunisian Doors series

Exploring Mixed Media

You might be astonished that this was not covered on my art course. I am largely self taught and took an art and design course at the age of 50. The first art I had done ‘in class’ since I was 13. I have been a textile artist for many years and I enjoy using text, I am therefore gravitating to mixed media. It has great appeal.

Talking about art, I have started to upload my work onto Saatchi Art Online as the best platform for selling artwork. I have sold some artworks in the past at local exhibitions, so I am certain this is the place to be. I have uploaded over 50 digital artworks as limited edition prints. It’s now time to upload some paintings and other works. I feel there is a future for me in the art world.

I shall continue next week with art subjects.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Update On Textiles, Quilts, Knitting, Art

I realise it is five weeks since I have blogged, so thought it was time for an update. I have been doing things, it’s just that something beyond my control is affecting me financially and healthwise and I am not quite in my stride. But here’s an update on all the things that are keeping me occupied. I have a very tidy space now too.

Update Quilts

In August I saw my son for the first time since the first week in March. That lifted my spirits somewhat. However I have not quilted for eight weeks. My last pieced quilt is still hung on the design wall. Yesterday I took one, then another, then a third piece, trying to decide on the quilting and get on with it. They all went back on the design wall unquilted. So it is at the moment. I am not fretting, it will get done. I also stopped designing at the same time, even though I had begun a very wonderful theme, and one I definitely want to continue with at some point.

What’s New Textiles

I have not been idle. I had a good tidy out and now have a really tidy workroom, which means I cannot find anything, ha ha. Some of the bits and pieces I was tidying away whispered in my ear and I made 4 textiles pieces. I have always liked making wall art and these fabric pictures are wonderful to make.

I also got the embellishing machine out. It was either that or throw out all the merino wool. So I made a start with a shawl. I have lots of merino and silk to use up in this way. I also have a pile of ribbons to use.

Update Textile Work
The Cosy Cottage
New Work Textiles
The Setting Sun
Update textile pictures
Fields of Daisies
Fabric pictures
Golden Fish
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Update Textiles – Embellished shawl

Update Art

I have also been creating digital work to go with the inspiration travel books. That has kept me busy too. It’s good to look through old photos and create new pieces inspired by them. It was great fun creating work around one of my favourite places on earth, St. Ives, since it has been very frustrating not being able to travel there. Check out the travel inspiration ebooks here and have some armchair travel fun.

I even picked up my paint brushes and daubed a couple of canvases, but those are not finished.

I also dug out the gelli plate and printed off half a dozen pieces.

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Gelli plate printing

What’s Been On My Knitting Needles

I seem to have knitting fever, at least I have finished quite a few projects in the last five weeks. I still have to spread out my knitting, a little a day, otherwise my whole arm suffers. Just when I think I have used all the yarn, I find more.

Alpaca cardigan
Alpaca cardigan
Handknitting
Handknit with unusual neckline
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Update Knitting, my latest design

I have also watched a lot of cricket scoreboards – whatever gets you through the night 🙂 and far too much Netflix for my own good!

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020