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Illustration Friday topic “soup”

My contribution this week for the “Soup” topic is the Bird’s Nest Soup.

“Bird’s nest soup is a soup made from the nest of a kind of cave dwelling swift.

The nests used for the soup are made by the edible-nest swiftlet. These birds live primarily in large limestone caves on islands . . . in Southeast Asia.

The nests are about the size and hardness of teacups; are essentially made from hardened saliva mixed with feathers, grass and twigs; and look like congealed strands of vermicelli.

Bird’s nests are a multi-billion dollar business in Asia.

The edible-nest swiftlet often build their nest in the most inaccessible of places: on the roofs and upper walls of high caves and even overhangs. These are harvested by men that sometimes climb hundreds of feet up to roofs of flimsy bamboo and rattan ropes and scaffolding. The men use special knives and three-pronged tweezers to cut and pull the nests off the cave walls. To get to some caves they have to swim through underwater tunnels, shimmy down vines from cliff tops.”       Swiftlet and Bird’s Nest Soup http://bit.ly/2gk7cX6

edible-nest-swiftlet-by-monica-minto

This piece was done with archival ink on cotton muslin in my recent project of drawing on fabric – other pieces can seen and purchased in my Etsy store

Drawing on fabric project

 

Lately, I have been inspired by other artists  who have successfully rendered on fabric with pen and ink.  Trying my hand at this technique has been a great fun and wonderful way to practice my free hand drawing skills. From these beginning efforts I am offering a few items in my Etsy store from these new creations. I have a long list of items I would like to try but have started with some small gift/tote bags.

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Illustrations featured at a cultural institute in Germany

Couple of years ago I illustrated a book called ‘Rennefarre’ for Malve von Hassell who had translated this previously successful work from her homeland of Germany into English. My brother, Charles, helped me greatly by doing some photography with his daughter, Brianna, modeling for this project.
Recently, I received word from Reinhart Richter from Germany who set up a small cultural institute in the town of Havelberg. He held an event featuring this book originally written by Tamara Ramsay, since portions of it took place in Havelberg. After receiving permission from Malve and myself he included samples of my drawings at the event displayed together with a copy of the newly translated book. Here are some photos of that event:

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Cards to my Etsy store

I have been working on building up products on a newly opened Etsy store. I am combining my pen and ink work and my fabric art in the same store. I have a number of my pen and ink drawings available as prints in a 8″ x 10″ format printed on my great new Epson Printer. This uses pigment inks so the prints look very close to the originals. I am now working on getting some of these prints in a smaller greeting card format. Today I posted my Hedgehog and English Robin illustration as “thinking of you”,”A little note” and “Thanks so much” cards. There is a feature I am using where the customer can choose a variation of the message on the card – pretty cool!

 

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Zentangle

Zentangle© is an art form that is very popular world wide right now. The creators, Rick and Maria, have named this a ‘meditational art form’. Basically it’s a series of steps creating beautiful images using repetitive patterns with pen and ink and at the same time achieving a relaxed focus. They are using this method to help all kinds of people in improving mood, calming stressful situations and with anger management.
I personally find the scripture and prayer to the Living God much more helpful in achieving these results.
However, being a pen and ink artist, I was attracted to the pen strokes and patterns popping up on Pinterest involving this method.
As for the ‘relaxed focus and calming effect’ of drawing, this is not a new idea, Betty Edwards in her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain says, “drawing induces a focused, alert state of consciousness that can last for hours, bring significant satisfaction”
I have for years enjoyed the calming, endorphin like experience of detailed artwork.
The result of looking into Zentangle© for me has been the development of a line of illustrations called ‘Jeweled’ birds and animals. I have cards and prints of these in my Etsy shop.

Jeweled Ducklings

Jeweled Ducklings

Jeweled Robins

Jeweled Robins