10 years ago, I hit PUBLISH and my life changed. Today I am celebrating my 10th year blog anniversary, i.e. blogiversary and I am feeling a bit emotional. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, I am not able to celebrate this special milestone with an overseas trip. Instead, I decided to virtually connect and reflect on what it means to have dreams and values which they continue to shape my path.
I cannot believe how much I have learned in the last 10 years (and I know everyone says that but it is soooo true). I started this journey with such limited knowledge and only a dream. I set goals for myself that I thought were lofting and have met a few. If I told you all the late nights and hard work that goes into writing this blog, then I think you would agree that it is time to pop the cork on the chilling champagne in the fridge. It has been a W I L D 10 years.
I started painting for relaxation a few years ago and in the recent months I found that I most liked painting hats. I love colors, and I love seeing what's going to come out on the canvas. These paintings were done with acrylic paint on 16” x 18” canvases. Each brings a different level of emotion to the painting. None of them look the same except for one pair of paintings (you'll know what I mean when you browse the collection). It's like they take on their own personality, and I begin to outline and sketch. It seems like the colors come to me and it's like dancing on the canvas.
As a kid, i was always fascinated over hats. Ladies in England and Wales wear hats of all kinds, colours, and styles. And it seemed always one of the ladies would try to outdo the others by wearing the biggest hat at a fashion event or in an congregation. I was always enthralled by the sight of women wearing over-the-top, colorful and sometimes sequined hats. Hats have always been a complementary part of a woman's attire. It's just a very beautiful, colorful expression of one's self. Real-life people and movie scences would inspire the majority of my featured works as well.
If you’ve seen the movie "Titanic", you’ve seen the beautiful hats of the time. They had the wide brim and were large and covered the face. One of the hats I loved in the movie had a touch of lace stitched lightly over the crown as though the lace was blown by the wind onto the hat. Kate Winslet was stunning in her navy straw as she reluctantly embarked on her bittersweet fateful journey.
看似简单的创作办法，背后并不简单。因为这只是一种方法。但艺术创作一定不可缺少这三步：首先，艺术是表达思想的，美术创作也一定要有一个中心思想，这跟写作文一样；其次，收集素材，要想办法把与你的思想有关的图像和素材画出来或者找出来；最后是组合，把这些图像素材按照一定的艺术规律拼起来，主题图像突出点，其他图像做辅助。我的作品就完成了。为了激励其他的初学者，我在个人IG社交媒体@jenniferteopaints 也贴出了用自己所说方法创作的几幅戴着礼帽的女性的油画，自已的家也因此成了一个小型“画廊”。 这大概是我出于对欧洲国家的仰慕和对印象画的喜爱，也感觉是个学习帽子的机会。