It Got Me!

Well, I’m sure you noticed that I haven’t posted in a week, even though I’m back from my vacation. Well, that’s because it got me! “It” being COVID.  Yup, after 3 years of mask wearing, some isolation, keeping to ‘bubbles’ and all the rest, I tested positive for COVID last week.  Since my symptoms weren’t improving, I thought that I should test – although I wasn’t expecting the positive result! Plus, my son, who had traveled with me, tested himself first, and was negative. (though he didn’t have the same symptoms as me – his were probably allergies). So, I’ve been resting, drinking lots of fluids, and generally just trying to get well.  I’m still on the mend, but am feeling a bit better now.


You may recall from previous posts, that I’m a member of a Brusho Fun group, on Facebook. This year, our monthly challenges are about different types & styles of art. This month the challenge is to create your own Op Art piece.

Op Art is an abbreviation of optical art, a form of geometric abstract art that explores optical sensations (illusions) through the use of visual effects such as repetition of simple forms, vibrating colour combinations, foreground-background confusion, and an exaggerated sense of depth. Op Art paintings use tricks of perception like manipulating rules of perspective to give the illusion of three-dimensional space.
Artists who practiced Op Art are Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley and Jesus Rafael Soto.
I’m sure you know where this is leading – yes, I had to try my hand at this style! Below is my first attempt, with the sphere inside the grid. I used black Micron pen, and Brusho  Crystal Colour in Ost. Blue.
Not perfect, but not bad for a first try!


So next, I moved on to this piece – I’m not sure what to call it! The illusion is supposed to be of moving downward to the vanishing point/hole. For this one, Brusho Black and the black Micron pen are used.
And finally, the diamond in the lines.
It Got Me!
This one is done in Brusho Prussian blue, with the black Micron pen.


I did find that these were a lot more difficult than I thought! I think that I had most success with the diamond one, though I think more shading around the diamond shape would help. What do you think? Have you tried this style of art before?
If you like to watercolour paint, incorporating Brusho Crystal Colours, I hope that you’ll consider joining the Brusho Fun group! There are truly some amazing painters in the group, and everyone is very friendly and supportive.
Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope that you’re feeling well, and looking forward to a creative week.

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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