My new blog. I have moved my blog to a new site

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I have moved my blog to a new site and refreshed the format and layout. It has been a lot of work and now I am very exited and I hope you will like it as much as this blog. For those of you that follow the blog by wordpress.com and got all of my posts straight into your mailbox, you now unfortunately have to subscribe again as a new regular follower.  But you will always find the blogposts in the newsfeed. And I will continue following all of you.

The fun thing that I am so proud of, Is that you can sign up a VIP member. for a free library of goodies. I have lots and lots of ideas for things I will add over the coming days. There will be various things in the library – from digital art prints to use in your home, worksheets, and (very very soon) the FREE Course “How to mix and match colour like a pro”, a great resources for all creative people– I hope you’ll find some awesome stuff that brings you further into your journey to be the artist you always wanted to be.
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GUEST DOODLEWASH: A Sketchbook of Ideas

I am super proud to have been featured on Doodlewas!
A big thanks to Charlie O’Shields for featuring Me. You can check it out here see link. There are also many other really great artist and lots of great stuff by Charlie O’Shields like tips and his amazing art!

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Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Magny Tjelta of flowers and glass bottles

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Magny Tjelta of city street urban sketching sketcher

I’m Magny Tjelta from Stavanger, Norway (follow me on my WordPress blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and visit my website!). I studied at the National College of Art and Design in Oslo from 1997 to 2002. I started studying fashion and design but I was so inspired by the sketchbooks the Art students had. I had a friend that studied art and she must have seen that I was amazed by her sketchbooks. She gave me one and  that sketchbook became the magical trick to turn me into a professional artist. But it took a couple of years for me to realize that I should study art.

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What dos it take to truly live a creative life?

 

The author, Liz Gilbert, wrote a new wonderful book named Big Magic last year.(She is already famous for her previous book “Eat Pray Love”)

On Saturday I came across a TED talk where she shares her best pieces of advice for living a meaningful creative life. I was truly inspired and it didn’t take long before I got the audiobook which is about 5 hours long. It is very easy to listen to and quite short in audiobook terms). You can get it in Tunes but here are the links to the audiobook and the hardcopy book.

Liz Gilbert talks about how creativity works, how important it is to be creative, and how we have to overcome our fears in order to make art. We have to learn to go where any idea may take us. It is a sort of a self-help book but you won’t find a list of “10 ways to be more creative” but the thing is, I find this book amusing and a lot of fun. There are interesting facts,lovely anecdotes on the nature of inspiration, ideas, and creativity.

She wrote: “Perfection is the death of all good things, perfection is the death of pleasure, it’s the death of productivity, it’s the death of efficiency, it’s the death of joy. Perfection is just a bludgeon that goes around murdering everything good. Somebody once said I was disingenuous for saying this, because surely I try to make my work as good as it can be. And that’s absolutely true — but there’s a really big difference between “as good as it can be” and perfection.” Liz Gilbert

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Drawing Crocus 

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Spring is finally arriving in Norway. Today I went for my first walk in 2016 in the park near to where I live.

It is a lovely park which rins down both sides of a little river which flows from the hills into the big fjord in my town, Sandnes.

The park has lots of things to offer such as picnicking, hiking and nature study and yesterday it offerede me some Crocus. Their flowers appear in spring, autumn and winter, so I guess this must be cultivatedbut they are so beautiful I love them at any time of the year. The park was also full of Snowdrops (in Norway we call them Snowbells) and together with the crocus flowers it the first sign of plants pushing up through the last of the frost and snow to tell us that spring is really here.

The delicate green of the leaves and the crocus blue of the flowers are such a contrast to the gray melting snow. It is like a glow of warmth peeking above ground. It makes my heart sing with joy. We norwegians have survived the winter in our well insulated warm wooden houses, but the snow drops and crocuses survived in the ground and now are putting their heads up to greet the spring sunshine.

Well I’m sure you have all guessed by now – I just had to paint them.

I’m still working on my new blog/website. It takes so much work! sooooooo much time! and so much energy! It takes time to create a nice site to browse and enough interesting content and all of that. But I learn a lot and I love it.

Do you blog? How much time do you spend on your site and how much time do you spend on your art? I would love to compare notes with you. Please leave a comment, You know that I always love to hear from you. It gives me the energy and inspiration to keep going.

 

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I you are going to Stavanger you find info about the park here

 

 

  

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Magical easter morning breakfast

 

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Hi.
This is a repost (from 2015), most of you haven’t read it so I poste it again ……. but there are some new photos!

I am enjoying my holiday, relaxing and doing nothing.
But I like to share some sweet little eggs I had painted to my sweet daughter for Easter breakfast.

Creativity has no limits and i believe that the more creative things you do the more creative you will be. and when you allow your imagination to take flight, you enter into a world of magic.

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It is wonderful that my love for art and watercolour can be transfer to the egg.


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Paint, drink tea and eat pizza

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Many birds fly south for winter and when we hear then singing again it is a sign that spring is here.

I have been waiting for the birds to come back. I wonder where they went and the nature programs tell me that some of them went all the way to Africa. If I was to take an airplane at 500 miles per hour it would take me at least 6 hours to get to the nearest part, so it must take the birds several weeks to make the journey. I am always in awe of what the birds and the bugs and the animals can do.

I haven’t yet seen the summer birds (like the swift and the swallow and the cookoo). But in meanwhile, I went to Pinterest and found some pretty photos of two sweet sweet parakeets from the hot rain forests which I painted to feel warm inside.

By the way you can follow me, and let me follow you too, type in your username and Lets make friends! yeaaaa!

I been using some very good masking liquid for watercolours, soon I will have a post about how I did this paintings.

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Edith Holden`s sketch book.

Watercolour, Edith Holden

I found a lovely book in a second hand store that I remember from when I was young.  “The country diary of an Edwardian lady” by Edith Holden.  I always wanted to have it and so I grabbed the opportunity.  It was written in 1906 but only published in 1977. It was an enormous success and often given as a gift. According to the Sunday Times newspaper, it was the best selling book in the 1970’s and remains number 4 of the overall best seller list for the last 40 years.

Each month has notes about the important days in the month, interesting information about the month, together with some poetry, entries about the things she did, and sketches and paintings of birds, insects and animals she came across on her regular walks.

It is a beautiful example of how important a journal is. This was obviously done for her own pleasure, but someone (an artist) realized just how inspiring it was and had it published. I find this so interesting. Just think about it, of all the books in the world, one of the best selling books happens to be a beautiful copy of a sketch book! A sketch book that was never intended to be published.

This book gave me lots inspiration, and by the way, it is easy to find a second hand version on Amazon or ebay.

The winter is ending, the  plants and flowers are waking up. So now is a great time to get out there and look for them. Show us all what the new spring is bringing in your area, by drawing and painting what you find for us.

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The materials I use in the video are:

  • Pentel color brush #101 (water solvent)
  • Pentel  brush GFKP Japan (water proof)
  • Molotow masking liquid.
  • Raphail brush “softaqua” imitation squirrel  -0
  • Da vinci brush, harbin-kolinsky- 6
  • Habico brush – 0.3
  • Atelier scrub brush -8

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The Molotow masking is the best I have ever had for protecting the page from colour. It is very delicate and is easy to use for details.

I also have to say that the Atelier scrub brush is the best I have found to rub out the masking liquid. It doesn’t leave the residue of an eraser and doesn’t risk oil stains from using  a finger. Even more important, it can remove a water colour stain quickly and easily, even the next day. It is only a brush, but it is also one of the secret tools used by professional artists for corrections…

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David Bowie – The Inspiration of a Creative Mind

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David Bowie’s ‘cut-up’ method of writing lyrics.

David Bowie will be remembered for his music, being a singer, a songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, actor. For me, it was his dedication to creating art and for being avant-garde artist who has already impacted several generations and created new genres of fashion, music, and culture. Bowie almost single-handedly created the category of “art rock” with his application of avant-garde techniques to conventional song structures and rock ‘n’ roll attitudes.

I remember seeing an inspiring video clip of David Bowie describing how he used the “cut-up” technique to write some of his lyrics. I have hunted around and, although I didn’t find the one I was looking for, I found another and I am very happy to share it with you all. (link below).

wikipedia: “The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.”   

Bowie further explained his use of cut-ups like this: “You write down a paragraph or two describing different subjects, creating a kind of ‘story ingredients’ list, I suppose, and then cut the sentences into four or five-word sections, mix ‘em up and reconnect them.” The technique allows songwriters, he says, to “get some pretty interesting idea combinations,” even if they “have a craven need not to lose control.”

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  • I have a shoe box full of cuttings.
    • It could be a part of a newspaper, magazine, diary, poetry, short story, novel or any other source of text.
    • You can start your shoebox today. I promise you won’t regret it. in a few months you will open it and go back into a daydream that will bring you to a very happy place. Add to it whenever you get something interesting to add.
  • When you are ready to make a collage, open the shoebox and put all the pieces into a hat and draw them out at random.
  • Arrange the images together and see what message they are giving.
  • Glue them to the page

 

 

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My new sketching book

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Now I am slowly filling more pages in my sketch book. There are many small daily experiences, that will, over time, sum up to be my visual diary of the “small things” that I did and saw in 2016.

I enjoy leaving my sketchbook open, and returning to it during the day to continue to fill it up with more flowers, or other things I love.

I often leave it on my table…. open ….. and it will be there, easily accessible for more art work.  I want to do this book when I am relaxed, so I will adding new things when I feel like it.  Anyway….. when it comes to filling up a sketchbook you know that you are not trying to win a big prize for being the fastest or best drawer. So why not just make your favourite drink and let the inspiration flow?

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How to be creative, watercolours , watercolour. ink.I LOVE this spiral binding Carnet Aquarelle sketch book  from  HAHNEMÜHLE that is 400g/m2 (188 lbs).

This is a very thick paper of the matt watercolour board works so well with any watercolour, ink, gouache and is ideal for creative travel diaries and rough treatments and it does everything I want to do. I am seriously amazed. (All the opinions in my blog are my own. I tell you what I really think and no one is paying me to review their products.)

This is what HAHNEMÜHLE  say on their web site: Since the 1584 HAHNEMÜHLE  have been producing paper of unparalleled quality for artistic. They are one of the leading European paper producers.

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My sweet valentine

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My boyfriend knew that I get sad when I leave him, so to cheer me up and to remind me of him he did something lovely.

He got different paper and different coloured pens and wrote lovely little messages on the paper and cut them up and hid them everywhere. There was one in my travel documents so when I went to the ticket desk a little piece of paper fell out and it said “I love you”. there were some in my purse, in my train tickets, in my pockets, in the different parts of my luggage, in the book I was reading, in my money … and just everywhere. I was still sad to be leaving but he made it a happy sad. And I kept every one of these little pieces of paper. It took almost 2 months to find them all.

Then I had an Idea.  I went to the store and bought a picture frame, and arranged all the little bits of paper with their messages inside the frame and now I see it every day.

And for a valentine`s day present for him this year I painted some flowers he had given me. I am using watercolour, ink for the outlines and gouache for the background.

 

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