The Month of May – Marketing, MATS – What next?, Bootcamp!

Can you see my work on the Web?

It’s time to go full throttle and put my art work in the main arena. Yes…I now have an online shop http://society6.com/angelamcgoran/

and a Facebook Business page at https://www.facebook.com/angelamcgorandesignstudio. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to browse my shop – products beginning from as little as $18 and more art work to follow…. During May I have also still been busy teaching and completing the editorial brief for Lilla Rogers MATS Bootcamp.

The May Bootcamp – Editorial – How to Meditate – A primer for People Who Don’t like to Meditate.

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The month began by drawing dolls. It was Lilla’s way of encouraging us to draw people without the fear of being too literal. I tried a few other techniques this month, relying on my drawing and painting skills to show that I’m not just a one horse pony and that I have a few surprises up my sleeves.

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For the Main Assignment the challenge was to create the art work to accompany an article by Grace Suh – Acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Medicine, which I suggest you read to fully understand my interpretation. For those who are feeling tired or lazy I have written a brief summary below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grace-suh-coscia-lac-diplom/meditate_b_5059704.html

In a nutshell, the piece describes a busy woman with her own thriving acupuncture business, who has all the daily complications of today’s living. She tries to explain all the benefits of meditating, but also becomes caught in the trap of making excuses not to.

My interpretation developed from the articles link to meditation and Buddhism. The lotus position and lotus flower were the starting point. My figure (which is actually a self-portrait) was depicted sitting on a lotus leaf. I chose to draw the piece as if looking down from above.  I thought that this would show the lotus leaf and fish to their full potential and I also didn’t think that other artists would do this. (I like to approach things from a different perspective). The meditation and serene aspect of the piece was created in watercolour and the nitty gritty of everyday life was treated in a more stark, digital way, to reflect the very different moods. I thought that drawing myself was a way for the audience to relate to the piece – a normal woman in her not so attractive black leggings and vest top, at home just trying to fit in that time for herself. My mind is often like a number of Stick-it notes, remembering this and that for kids, family, work, friends etc., so I thought that the use of Stick-it notes would also relate well to most women who juggle a busy schedule with work and a home life.

I know that many people are interested to see how an artist begins a piece and the steps they take to create a finished piece, therefore, this month I decided to show you the stages of my work in progress. I hope you enjoy it.

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I would also like to thank my Bootcamp artists, friends and followers for their support, especially those who ‘liked’ my Facebook Business page, bought a few items or shared my Facebook posts. Thank you!

Angela X

Can’t wait to see what I can achieve by the end of June!

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