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There is a gap in my blog as you can see. 2 long months. I have spent those last 2 months traveling around I have been filling my head with new ideas and my travel sketchbook with colour and line. I will share those soon with.

 

Meanwhile, there is a new project I started working on. And here is what it is about:

Constellations

I have been tempted for a long while to create a collection about something that is close to my heart. Up until now I have been looking at women as isolated beings: focusing on their existence, their perception of themselves and their ambitions. But none among us is standing alone; we are all products of the way in which we were raised by the family around us. As women it is our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and daughters who influence our lives like the sun and moon influence the tides. Their relationships, both with us and with each other, inform our personalities to make up who we are. In Constellations, I explore these relationships between the women of a family, capturing them with symbolic patterns, colours and dimensions to produce a window on how a family sees itself.

Constellations - Kasia Dzikowska_abstract_art_pattern    Detail of work - Kasia Dzikowskaabstract_art_pattern

This piece is based on relations between women in my family. Technique: Oil on canvas, size: 120 x 80 cm

So excited! Long awaited summer break has finally arrived. And with it 7 weeks of pleasant travels in Europe. As I have considerably more time on my hands I have returned to good old sketching practices and with them to drawings of my lovely friends. I have finished this one just this morning and am full of hope that it will be to Imran’s taste. On the end of the day – he is a keen gamer, isn’t he?

 

Imran-sketch-in-pencil

A4 pencil sketch on paper

 

Each of these butterflies began from observations of Emirati women going about their everyday tasks.

Although the are fully covered in black abaya with a niqab or hijab, sometimes as a casual observer I could catch a glimpse of beauty escaping the cover: a hem of delicate fabric, a shine of an elaborate shoe or extraordinary shades of colour on their eyelids.

The fact that these signs of hidden beauty were unintentionally
revealed was more stimulating than any attractiveness that was free to see from a simple glance. It made me wonder about the women beneath the black material; what are their dreams, ambitions and colours that are hidden from me?

This sketchbook was provided by the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum at 2014’s Art Dubai event.

The light  of the orient

Yesterday I went to see very good exhibition of Orientalist from private collection of Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi at Sharjah Art Museum. I have really enjoyed lithographs by Davis Roberts.

This is a sneak photo from painting workshop at Sharjah Art Foundation earlier today. Great thanks to them and to Professor Philip Sheil – I have really enjoyed it thanks to your teaching style.

 

sharjah Art fundation workshop

Simon-and-I Simon-and-I-ink-sketch

I felt that it was time for a bit of portraiture practice yesterday, so I have made this ink sketch based on my favorite picture of me and Simon. Somehow I felt an urge for a drawing sized to fit a small frame after a trip to Ikea, which resulted in bags of unplanned items including a set of frames! Coincidence?

 

Anyway, this is 15 x 20 cm ink sketch with a dash of water.

still life combined

Hi,

Some of my students have been struggling with observational drawing so I have created this tutorial to help them.  You can download a printable handout here: How to draw a still life apples handout free to use! Continue Reading »

 

I thought it would be nice to put up some details of the small series of my Notice Me butterflies. These 6 pieces are the size of a large postcard and are done in ink and watercolour.

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Inkand watercolour paining - Kasia Dzikowska

This weekend I am on the roll. First blue butterfly is finished,second one just needs few touches. It’s nice to see work happening. :)

2 pieces in blue

Butterflies in blue watercolour

I have started 2 new paintings, this time in blue. A1, watercolour and ink.

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