Aliya tries Stuck@homeArt

I want to share something with you that I feel is wonderful! I was invited by my friend Fabienne of the Paxton Green Time Bank in the UK to be part of an art class called Stuck@homeArt at the start of April 2020.

What is Stuck@homeArt?

The idea is that every Wednesday at 14.00 to 16.00 a group of students meet in a WhatsApp group to draw, sketch and paint from photographs sent in the chat by Fabienne. After two hours, we all send our own photographs of our artwork to the chat and Fabienne constructively critiques the artwork, giving guidance and making observations.

I will update this post as the weeks pass so the most recent works will be at the top of the post.

Portraits, with one colour – 6th April 2020

This is the photo I chose to pay attention to with my drawing and watercolour skills:

This is the result of 90 minutes of time:

Here are some step by step photos, I’ll add description of each process soon, any questions in the mean time just get in contact with me. I offer private art classes for those of you that want to try something new!

To join the Stuck@homeArt group, it’s free, get in touch with me here.

Landscapes, Urban 29th April 2020

Here is the photo I chose to draw:

This is what I drew:

Starting off with an A4 piece of 80gsm paper and a gel ball point pen I started to draw the outlines of the shop front. I wanted to try an create illustration with lots of structure as I felt I wanted the class to be relaxing and easy. Adding the rectangles in the right proportions was relatively easy and with the pen, I was sure I wanted to have single lines rather than shaded or sketched multiple lines. I’m particularly grateful I thought to add a bit of a perspective tip by changing the orientation of the paving stones to seem as if the scene was coming towards the viewer. The central paving stones have lines that are more vertical. The paving stones on the left and the right slope off to the side of the page slightly. I also wanted to give the impression that the door was a bit open so created the triangular space at the top of the right hand side door int eh centre of the door frame.

The next stage was to add the sign to the top of the shop front. I chose to use my phone to help me. I enlarged the photo I was using as reference to be the same size as the space on the paper. Then I copied the spacing and outline of the letters using a one to one ratio on the page. Part of me wanted to measure the spacing with a ruler however I don’t have a ruler here in quarantine. Also I thought to create the lettering by eye would be more of a challenge and a way to learn. I chose to use pencil of this section as I could make the point very fine by sharpening and a sketched outline which I could define with eh pen later was an option I was happy to take. Any errors in pencil wouldn’t be noticed as much if I chose to go and define the correct lines with the pen. It was very satisfying to add the serifs to the edges of the letters. I understand the letters to the left of the first N are not as well formed as the the letter to the right of of the first N, however I’m happy with the way they all came out.

I hadn’t intended to use pencil in this drawing, only when I started using the pencil to add the letters into the shop front did I see how the blue of the pen and the grey of the pencil looked. I liked it so I started adding the shading using different techniques, some straight lines, some cross hatching, some swirls, layered on top of other swirls, all to add depth and design to the shop front. A bit of classic shading on the panels on the edges of the shop and some harder pressure on the very edges of the darkest corners to add another layer of light and dark.

It was at this point I sent a photo pf my work in to the stuck@homeArt group, when I start wondering what to do next or feel I’m getting to the end of my drawing it’s nice to send a photo to the group as that’s when Fabienne can give some feedback. It’s always helpful to have the feedback and in this case it was funny! Fabienne suggested I connect the building to the other buildings. Looking at the time I had left and feeling that I didn’t want this building to be lost in the crowd of the street. I decided to place the building in a field out in the country side. I added a white picket fence and some wild iris to the hill behind this store.

A bit more shading to give depth to the fence and I was ready to sign and sign off. I sent a photo of the work into the chat and explained I’d used my artistic licence to relocate the hairdressers to the countryside, because I could. A few chuckles and a “why not” and I signed the piece and put my pencil down.

If you would like to join this weekly free class, please get in contact with me here.

Landscapes, Urban 22nd April 2020

Here is the photo I chose to paint from the ones we were sent:

This is what I painted:

I started the pencil drawing on the 22nd along with the other students in the class, however there seemed to be a block with my flow of creativity and this painting as it wasn’t completed until the 4th of May – nearly two weeks!

I had drawn the image with the intention of trying to make it very accurate and as close to the photo as possible, however the amount of details was overwhelming so I settled of using my texture techniques to indicate the different parts of the artwork. My swirls of green for the trees in the background are similar to my swirls in the my painting of the Alhambra to indicate trees.

During these two weeks, I had taken some time to speak with one of my art society members and she had shown me two paintings she had made of elephants, one with watercolour pencils and another with classic watercolour. The looseness of the classic watercolour was very intriguing to me as my style is to be super controlled and build up layers with precision.

I wanted to try and be more flexible with the watercolours and so started with the shadows of the tree in the grass at the forefront of the drawing. Here are a few step by step photos I took towards the end of the creation of this piece.

I really enjoyed this painting as it was a challenge. The amount of detail I wanted to add took a long time. Normally I aim to complete a painting in the same day as I start it as I’m aware that my energy and feelings change each day and I want the artwork to be made with one type of flow. For this painting it wasn’t possible!

I would like to experiment more with the style I used for the blossoms. I used a light pink shade to make a circle of colour and then use a darker shade of red to scrub and make a jagged edge to the outside of the blossom and wait to see how the pink and the red would blend together. Layering the pompoms on top of each other in smaller and smaller sizes took time as I wanted to make sue that each layer had time to dry fully to make sure that even though I was loosening up my style and allowing the colours to do more of their own thing whilst blending, I still could have my precise style of layering.

If you would like to join this weekly free class, please get in contact with me here.

Second Class – April 8th, 2020

Here are the photos we were sent:

Here is what I made in around an hour – I was late to the class this week because I had been working on another piece of artwork – my newest pieces: My Artwork

As I was late I thought I would spend time on one or two aspects of the still life in order to do justice to them well rather than try and rush the whole composition.

Here are some step by step actions and photos I took along the way:

I started out by sketching out the bears using a simple Staedler HB pencil.

The first bear I drew was the one with the hat, with the action of pouring a drink from the watering can. It was too cute to not draw! I had to resize a few limbs and use a bit of my artistic licence to make it a little more understandable – more of a illustration than a true reflection of the still life. You might be able to notice the pencil marks of the left foot was higher than where the foot ended up being.

The second bear was easier for me to sketch as I I knew I wanted his outline to be fuzzy so I used a sharp pencil to create a spikey messy line over the softer guidelines of the outline of his body and head. I was so keen to start adding colour to the sketches I only remembered to take a photo after a few of the stars of fluff were added.

I chose to play with the impression of fur by layering stars of varying tan colours. Mixing a light wash of ochre and virdian hue, I layered stars on top of each other, allowing each layer of starts to dry in between. I chose stars as this bear had a very fine fur with a shorter texture, you can see in the photo is almost impossible to tell which direction the fur is laying. The stars splay in all directions so I hope it gives the impression of fluffiness!

Back to the first bear I drew, I started with a wash of viridan green on the body and head of the bear. Then painted the hat with a colour I hoped would indicate straw. Adding some alizarin crimson hue (red) to the yellow ochre gave me the colour for the edge of the hat and also the shadow of the inside of the hat, close to the bears head.

On this bear I wanted to try a different technique Pointiillism- dots! Dots and points have been made famous by many artists in the past and it was something I wanted to try myself.

Using different colours of green, mixed with blue or yellow, I layered small spots all over the bears fur. I started in little lines but thought it looked too regular, so to give more random impression I chose to move in a spiral formation around each panel of the bears fur. I tried to concentrate the dots in the shade parts and slightly out side of the panels to indicate the fur extending off the bear. To give more texture I chose lighter colour dots in the highlights and darker shade dots for the parts I wanted to ad more depth too. I’m so glad this was just a little bear as I’m sure if I did a larger piece I would get totally lost in this technique as it’s very addictive!

In the article linked above, some artists that have used this technique have spent thousands of hours on artworks using this technique!

I sent through the photo below of my work at this point through to the Stuck@homeArt and Fabienne mentioned that she would like to see something that linked the bears together. I have an exhibition in Madrid at the moment of little individual lamps and I thought it would be fun to add these bears to the exhibition so I wanted to make them separate images. As I’m in quarantine I only have one sketch book with 20 sheets so I think its best to make the most of each page! I added floor to each bear.

One trick I use to make sure the floor is level on each side of the bear, is to use a pencil as a guide. When I had painted the floor on the star bear the right side floor was higher than the left side of the bear so having the straight edge of the pencil to use as a guide was very helpful. Fun fact, the horizon on the right hand side of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, is higher than the left hand side of her….

After a few more dots and a few more stars and time was up int he class. I signed each bear, dated them and sent the final image through to the Stuck@homeArt whatsapp group. Everyone was very complimentary, it’s a very supportive art group, the style I like to cultivate in my own art classes! Here they are with close ups of the sections that display the techniques I tried this time round.

Just as last week, I really enjoyed this class. Playing with techniques such as adding layers of stars or pointillism was very interesting to try on small images like these bears. I’m sure I will explore these ideas further in other artworks that I create over the next few weeks. I will add them to my post about recent artwork and you can check them out here.

Creating art is nothing but mindful action taking place in the present moment.

If you would like to take part in the Stuck@homeArt group, get in contact with me. If you would like to contact The Paxton Green Time Bank about their programs you can do so here.

Until next time, Happy Arting! xxx

First Class – April 2nd, 2020

Here are the photos we were sent:

Here is what I made in just under two hours.

Watercolour and pencil: daffodils, gardening glove and lemons in a stone bowl.

My particular style is to draw a pencil outline to guide my future self of what I want to make sure I include in my painting. Often I end up ignoring some of the lines as the painting evolves, as was the case with the trumpets of the daffodils in this piece. However I choose to keep the pencil marks as a reminder that plans need to change and adapt depending on what happens.

Some might consider these lines as mistakes, however I see them as guides for where to move next, and as in life, you can’t erase the past so why bother? Just move on and notice what happened and plan what happens next. Nothing is perfect and if it wasn’t for those original marks, I wouldn’t be where I am today, or painting what I am now.

I love my lemons! I tried to work with layers of yellow and ochre to build the shape of the lemon. Lemons aren’t just round like oranges, as they have a cone shape on either side which I have tried my best to illustrate with circular shadows. You can see a bit more clearly in the close up photo. I think the bowl looks more like a hat, I will have a try for more realistic bowls in the future. Here’s hoping that in the context of this still life it’s clear it’s a bowl.

Lemons in a stone bowl

The glove was a bit tricky for me as I rarely paint fabrics of any kind as I spend lots of time drawing or painting life art. It was however a great introduction for me to start drawing hands as I often leave them off my artworks because they are so tricky to get right! The glove was great to try and convey all the lines and folds a hand has. The seam of the thumb also allowed me to structure the articulation of a thumb. In real life, it’s a ball and socket joint like a shoulder, so has an amazing amount of mobility! The glove is not my favourite part of the painting and the feedback I got was I could have added some yellow or orange to unify the picture, something I will keep in mind for the next time! What I do like are the panels of brown wash to build up layers of shadow and they way I hope the wrinkles in the suede have come out.

Gardening Glove

The daffodils are my fave as they are so cheerful and bright. You can see from the photo that there are many of them so I felt it was going to be impossible for me to record every detail in the time I had in the class. Giving an impression of the flowers would be more manageable in my mind. It also turned out to be the most fun part for me to paint as I felt very liberated once I had decided to give myself the full freedom of artistic licence.

I started of a with a light yellow wash to mark out the bulk of where the flowers were, then built out petals to make, in my minds plan, different individual flowers, not placed exactly as in the photo, and in this case, not even where I had marked the central trumpets of each flower. I picked a few flowers to create the central star, then building up petals and layers of colour, moving from outside of the star to the edge of the yellow wash, adding more petal shapes. It was fun moving between building up sections of the edges of the flowers whilst also defining the central parts of the petals closest to where the trumpet would be. I finally added the darkest central section to each flower a cluster of five circles or ovals, depending on how the brush let me! If you want to know more about the way the brush and I work together, have a look at this post: https://amazingartsociety.com/sumi-e-at-taller-la-griega-with-teofanu-calzada/

After that I added the green stalks, building up layers of colour give a light side and a dark side to each stem. The photo we were sent was a great reference to see how many different angles the stems of the flowers had. After the stems I wanted to paint were all in place and dry (I worked on the green table cloth whilst waiting), I painted the blue edge of the vase and carefully added a wash of water to blend a panel of colour which I hoped would give the impression that the stalks were behind the glass. The most important thing I learnt in this section of the painting was to let each layer dry fully before adding another layer on top. The left hand side of the vase bled into the green table cloth a little because I didn’t wait long enough for the green of the cloth to dry. Patience is important and I guess I was conscious of the two hours time limit I had. I waited a little and when the green of the cloth and the blue of the glass was dry, I added another layer of the blue to give a crisp edge.

Whilst different sections of the watercolour dried, I would work on a different section. So in the video you can see (when my head is not in the way – apologies!) I move around the painting, adding layer after layer of colour and wash.

I’m very happy with the result I got. I got to take part in a great class, got some important and unique feedback and I discovered a new way to paint daffodils.

I tried my best to video the process and I have added these to the YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo2tp0DT8Fw
One of the four parts of the painting of this Stuck@homeArt piece

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The Paxton Green Time Bank

Revised 9/4/20

What is the Paxton Green Time Bank?

I originally spent a lot of time explaining what the Time Bank was and how it helped me. When the second class of Stuck@home Art took place and I wanted to update this post, I thought a I would try and add a jump link into the post from the top of the page into this section, somehow my explanation got deleted – what ensued was realising that my version of wordpress doesn’t let me see past revisions of work and it seemed like the only option I have is rewrite my experience. Big upset as I’d spent a lot of time of that explanation! Sometimes things are sent to test us and I feel this is one of those moments.

A Time bank is a place where people can bank time instead of money. It is a cashless way to access services, help and many other things which can benefit your life.

My experience of the time bank, as best as I can remember is that I wanted to spend my free time giving back to my local community. I found the Time Bank by chance and was enamoured with the idea of banking time doing things I enjoyed in exchange for social activities such as picnics, tickets to concerts, tickets to galleries and many other fun events that I enjoyed. 

I got to meet plenty of wonderful people. The time bank for me was a mix of dedicated, caring staff who worked with volunteers and members. Some members used the time bank to have access to help and support for daily life. Some had suffered from strokes, had mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, some members were autistic or had learning difficulties; often these members would be on benefits and didn’t have surplus money to spend. The time bank offered us all a universal opportunity to bank time – helping other members with simple tasks such as gardening, helping with grocery shopping or just providing a listening ear to those that were house bound, in exchange for things that they needed or wanted.

I would spend my time with the office staff helping with casual administration, as well as helping some members with their CVs and practising interview skills. I would collect people in my car and take them to picnics or art classes. I would help as and when I could with whatever was needed!

I remember receiving tickets to a concert of Christmas Carols at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the south bank in London – a super treat for me as I’d never been there before. 

The invites I had to fun social events were countless. We would share picnics together in Crystal Palace park, sitting on the grass and looking at the dinosaurs (!) I remember one time it was so perfect -we had stuffed ourselves with shared food we had all brought, we were laughing at jokes and anecdotes from our week (different lives mixed together are so interesting) and by chance someone had come along with a guitar and sat close to our group and started playing for us. It was such a beautiful day and I’m sure I’ll never have an experience like that with friends in the future.

What made this group so special was that some of us had everything – our health, surplus money and surplus time. Others in the group had very little , they lived in sheltered accommodation, had very little money and often had great difficulty with day to day life. Banking and spending my time helping this group was so rewarding because whenever I was feeling down, those with the least often came to my support first. It’s something very true that those with the least in life often have the most rewarding relationships – when there are no material possessions to distract or be absorbed with, true connections can be formed. 

I very much miss my friends at the Time bank in South East London. Now I live in Spain and I find something similar here – those with the least to give, seem to be the most generous with their time.

Maybe that is why time is probably the most precious thing you can spend on people as you’ll never get it back.

Original text from the first draft follows:

One day all the volunteers were invited to a half day mindfulness class, organised by a lady called Mel. Natural health with Mel advertises a one day meditation retreat in 2020 starting from £325. You can imagine I jumped on the chance to have access to something so amazing. As a qualified yoga teacher I really appreciated topping up my mindfulness knowledge, a top up on my walking meditation techniques and having a great laugh with my fellow Time Bankers.

The class took place at The Dulwich Picture Gallery, we were surrounded by beautiful gardens and had access to a private viewing of Tove Jansson‘s artwork, probably most known for her creation of The Moomins. You can watch an interview with the niece of Tove, Sophia Jansson here. How the mindfulness class was blended with the artwork by Tove was very special.

It’s said that Tove put part of herself into every one of her Moomin characters, a concept many artists would agree with. I’m working on a post about energy transfer and the benefits of Therapeutic Art, when it’s ready I will post it!

We were encouraged to recognise each character of the Moomins in our own selves. What this meant was that we were invited to see that we have very many different characters that live within ourselves, depending on the day, the season, or even who may be around us.

A mindful approach to our actions means we can be our true selves, a self which we have chosen is the best for that situation, without having other influences take over. I feel that art is one of the ways we can be most mindful of our actions.

Creating art is nothing but mindful action taking place in the present moment.

If you would like to take part in the Stuck@homeArt group, get in contact with me. If you would like to contact The Paxton Green Time Bank about their programs you can do so here.

I am very much looking forward to the next class Stuck@homeArt on Wednesday and I hope to meet some of you dear readers there too. Lets be mindful of how we pass the time and lets enjoy what we can. Art is for everyone and I invite you to be free.

Sending you lots of love and creative vibes! Aliya xx

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Update: 7th May 2020

Portraits, one colour- Stuck @homeArt – 29th April 2020

This it the first time I’ve created a portrait using only one shade of colour. For the full step by step how I made this have a look at this post. I used watercolour, HB pencil and ball point pen to sign.

Update: 5th May 2020

Urban Landscape – Stuck@homeArt – 29th April 2020

This it the first time I’ve drawn with a gel pen and used a HB pencil to add shading. For the full step by step how I made this have a look at this post.

Urban Landscape – Stuck@homeArt – 22th April 2020

Started this blossom tree on the 22nd of April and only finished it on the 4th of May. Using watercolour and a HB pencil, I drew from a photo and started with my style of adding texture and layers to indicate different aspects of the scene. For more information you can read a partial step by step explanation here. It’s partial as I got carried away and pushed through several steps without recording with photos as I was in my flow!

Update: 27th April 2020

Landscape – Stuck@homeArt – 20th April 2020

Another Stuck@homeArt class with the Paxton Green Time Bank. I took plenty of step by step photos of this one, when I’ve updated the post I’ll put a link to it here. I was told after, that it looked like the style of Edward Hopper, how complimentary!

Lanscape, Lake with Trees, Started 15th April, completed 20th April 2020

Peacock – 9th April 2020

I drew with my left hand some random lines and then over the course of a few days realised this magical peacock style bird. I’ll make a step by step post and put the link to it when it’s completed.

Peacock – completed 9th April 2020, started 4th April 2020

Update: 24th April 2020

When my mobile started glitching because I was running out of storage I spent a bit of time clearing op the videos and the photos! Now that they are on my laptop, it’s much easier to update this post! Since December there has been a lot of changes, I’ve moved to Granada and have painted lots whilst in quarantine. Below are a photos of the various artworks I’ve been spending my time on. When I have a step by step explanation of the creation of the artwork, I’ve pout links to the posts. Happy Arting!

Stuck@homeArt – Teddy Bears (8th April 2020)

These fluffy creations were from a class I enjoyed on a still life composition of toys. You can see the step by step explanation in my post: Aliya tries Stuck@homeArt.

Teddy Bears Picnic – Stuck@homeArt 8th of April 2020

Stuck@homeArt – Daffodils, Lemons in a bowl and Gardening Glove (1st April 2020)

The first Stuck@homeArt class was really fun! The still life composition had more items, however for the two hours I had I felt best to pick three and focus on them. You can see the step by step explanation of the creation of this technique for the daffodils here: Aliya tries Stuck@homeArt.

Daffodils, Lemons in a bowl and Gardening Glove – Stuck@homeArt 1st of April 2020

Update: 12th December 2019

Went to draw at Circulo Bellas Artes yesterday as was having one of those days. Didn’t want the pressure of a life art class so sat in the room with the still life objects. Chose a pot and a jug to draw and paint.

Still Life
Photo of the pot and the jug
Pencil Outlines
Pencil outlines
Watercolour wash
The pot nearly complete, watercolour wash on the jug
Watercolour Wash
Adding blocks of shade on the jug
Before the final touches
The photo I took before going in further on the jug. Sometimes I take a photo to have a memory of the piece before I go ahead on what I think might be a mistake. I’ve overworked pieces before so this is my way of passing the fear point; I have a photo before the expected mess up.
Still Life completed
Completed Piece! For sale and open to offers! 🙂

The comments I got from the artists sat in the same room were that I work really quickly and that I have an interesting interpretation of what I saw on the table.

I do work quickly, sometimes I want to sit for a couple of hours and finish a piece in that time. Often I start a piece and then I struggle to get back to the way I felt if I come back to it a day later or more. Some pieces are still unfinished because the moment has passed.

Artists that can spend months on a painting have, in my opinion, a strong work ethic rather than something they want to express without words.

November 5th 2019

I’m an artist. I always loved drawing. I remember when I was abut 5 or 6, I drew a life size man on pieces of paper stuck to my wall. I would draw animals all the time. I have a few of my childhood drawings still, of which you can see below, I’ll add more as I find them!

I always wanted a fish tank! I got the most beautiful tank for my 30th birthday. I had to give the fish back to the pet shop and donate the tank when I moved to Madrid. So many tears! You can see videos of my tank on my instagram page, here is one post I love in particular: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeBfCQ4FQM4/

My best work has come from when I was most in pain.

The first time art really helped me with real life was when I was about 15 years old. I was lucky enough to have art therapy classes when I was hospitalised for depression. Encouraged to be able to channel my feelings into a piece of art I created my mermaid.

Taking an image I found on the internet and then painting her in oils over a period of about two weeks, I still have her with me, even after 17 years of moving house and country.

Mermaid – Oils on Canvas Board
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGlM1AF2Nw/

Abstract art also helps to focus the mind and use your hands for a good use. Sometimes trying to draw a real thing is frustrating. Abstract art with colours and shapes is a healthy way to play with what is going on inside us, without having to assign it meaning, words or labels. Doodling, sketching random shapes and layering colours is something that can help pass bad times in a productive way.

SPIRALS (circa 2001)

Lucky for me my hospitalisation ended soon after I completed my GSCEs. I came off the antidepressants when I left home at 17 and thankfully I started work which kept me busy!

The next time I needed my paintbrushes was when I getting divorced. Another huge amount of stress and desperate not to be on drugs (prescribed or otherwise!) to cope with real life – I was able to channel my feelings into my watercolour animals. You can see them below. I’ve given most of them away to friends.

I have a few images and videos on my instagram, here is my bronze zebra and here is a pour painting a bit more abstract.

I like illustrating so I take a real life subject, either an animal (usually a photo from the internet) or a composition of items (taking a photo helps to put it into a 2D format). Then I draw the outlines and fill in with watercolour. The photo below is of my door stop bull gift from a friend and my salt and pepper mills.

My Home Gallery in London

Since moving to Madrid in May 2019, I have a few pieces I have brought with me for sentimental reasons. Some of them I am happy to sell, others I keep to remind me of what has happened and how I feel I can survive anything.

Listen to yourself – Canvas

Listen to yourself – Daily Practise

This canvas took a few months to create. Most days I would choose a pink or a blue sharpie. Pink for a bad day, Blue for a good day. Then I would write a message to myself , trying to look after for my future self. There are a couple guest appearances from friends that I trust and I gave permission to write on my Daily Practise. I have this is in my office/studio now and every so often I glance at it to remind myself that every day is different, bad ones follow good ones and good ones follow bad ones. Sometime all I need is a rest, or a break. Change is good. The best things take time to create. Decisions can happen in an instance. Nothing is a waste of time. A beautiful thing is never perfect.

The thing about art is it teaches us that nothing is perfect, that is why we love it.

Now I teach art. I want to be able to help people us their unwanted energy states by channeling that energy into something that can hold that pain and upset in a way that allows that person to live on. You can find out about my classes here.

The sales of my pieces fund my lifestyle where I can focus on helping others, if you would like to see any pieces in person, please send me a message so we can set up an appointment. aliya@amazingartsociety.com , call 695272159 or whatsapp 00447826520059.

The freedom of imperfection is true liberation.

My Logo, Original – Watercolour, sharpie on cartridge paper – NOT FOR SALE

A Doodle a Day from The Amazing Art Society

A doodle a day, The Amazing Art Society

What is a doodle a day?

It’s what it sounds like! Every day we draw a doodle together. At around 11am, Aliya sends a topic to the society members, in a whatsapp chat, as a prompt for everyone in the group to doodle. The idea is that each society member spends five minutes or more on a doodle, either sketched, painted, drawn, digitally created or made through any other creative form and then, each member sends a photo of their artwork back to the group to share their interpretation of the common topic. The theme is random and accompanied by photos intended to inspire and cross the boundaries of language.

If you would like to join our group, it’s very easy!

Join our Whatsapp Chat: send your mobile number, full name and email address here.

Follow us on Instagram, post a photo of your artwork to you page, tag us and use the hashtags #AmazingArtSociety #DoodleADay

Join our Facebook Page, post a photo pf your artwork as a comment on the daily update.

If you would like to help with the running costs of the group, you can make a suggested one off donation of €5 to €500 (or more if you are feeling really generous and special!) or a suggested monthly donation of €4.

There are other ways you can contribute to our society, see the ‘How you can help page’ here.

Scroll down for more information on how this doodle a day started and what we created as a group in the first week.

Ideal members for this group are people who want to spend five minutes a day to use their brain for something creative and meditative to grow to expand their consciousness and be part of a collective of like minded people. All that from a five minute doodle? YES!

How did it start?

With the drastic change of not having weekly life art classes in Madrid and the desire to come together as a group over long distance, a daily challenge of doodling a topic came up during one of our weekly online meetups. A common topic to think about and to doodle, together as a team, but apart would be our daily connection. It was decided that every day at around 11:00 a suggestion would be made in the society Whatsapp chat. The Whatsapp group had originally been used to share details of upcoming classes, exhibitions of artists within the group and other general news. Occasionally since quarantine had started some of our members would share their artwork, however we weren’t learning or growing together like we used to at the weekly classes.

The weekly zoom calls take place every Saturday evening at 19.00 (Spanish Time). Everyone is welcome to join these online meetings. The calls take place for around 40 minutes; we share our artwork from the week, plan the goals and ideas for the coming week and see each others smiling faces, checking in on each other to keep in contact. If you would like to join the calls you can. Join our meetup group and stay up to date on events.

What happened next?

The doodle a day started for The Amazing Art society on the 19th of April 2020. It was the Sunday after the idea came to light in the online chat the previous evening.

With the permission of the society members I’m sharing with you the artworks related to each topic over the course of the first week so you can see what we created together as a group. Documented below in chronological order, it’s wonderful seeing the different interpretations of the same topic! There were other artworks shared in the chat that were not under the umbrella of the topic, I’ve shared these at the very bottom of the post.

19th April – The Letter L

The letter L inspired arrows, cupid style and abstract, a beautiful doodle of a family member making bagels, titled ‘Long Distance Love’ and even calligraphy.

20th April – Happiest memory of quarantine so far

Inspired by one of our society members with a degree in journalism, the topic of a happy, quirky or fun time during quarantine brought out a brilliant collection of memories: dogs jumping to protect a laughing owner, a birthday party, increased connection with family through calls, a pleasant surprise of a new cereal whilst our shopping and a gift of photographs of a special family member, who is no longer with us.

21th April – What is it to be human?

A big question, perhaps too big for a doodle? Not for some of our members: words not required, have a look at these strong doodles!

22nd April – Camels

After a huge question the day before, and with it being Wednesday, we celebrated the topic of Happy Hump day through camels! A birthday of a son with a mummy and son portrait in camel form, a historic drawing of a camel, a daily card created with today’s theme, a teaching resource, a camel doing yoga cartoon, a sketch of love between camels, a colourful camel transporting plants, a digital invite to the amazing art society from two camels, a depiction of a different, illegal type of camel and a blend of Earth Day and camels in a comic.

23rd April – The colour green

Brain waves syncing? By chance a painting with lots of green created the morning of the 23rd without the prompt yet… a comic about green phlegm, peace and love, a game (films with titles including the word green) and roses.

24th April – Hubble Telescope’s 30th birthday, Cosmic Doodles

Looking back in time in our history as well as the history of the universe, cosmic doodles! A universe inside the mind, watercolour with cosmic galaxy colours, an observation of the observer observed and a comic with aliens (the caption reads “It’s coming, get down!”).

25th April – The ocean

Inspired by one of our newest members, a trip to the sea! Ocean inspired doodles included a cartoon of a rescue, a painting from a tutorial (another brainwave sync?), a daily watercolour sunset, an abstract wave not completed on the day and a digital collage piece.

Other artwork shared in group over the week:

The amazing Art society is place we can share our artwork with each other. The daily prompts are only guidelines, a chance to come together whilst separated by quarantine and distance. Some of our members are scattered across the world, we have members in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, France and the United States of America so far!

Sometimes our members are working on other projects and still want to show what they have created. Below are a the pieces of art, drawings and doodles sent through that were off topic but still part of our sharing of artwork throughout the first week of our doodle challenge.

So you want to get involved?

To join our group is very easy, you can join the chat by sending me your mobile number, full name and email address here and I will add you to the group. The doodle a day challenge is free!

If you would like to help me with the running costs I have, you can make a donation (€5-€15 per month). See the ‘How you can help page’ here.

Ideal members for our group are people who have five minutes a day to use their brain for something creative and meditative to grow and expand their consciousness and be part of a collective of like minded people. All that from a five minute doodle? YES!

We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Our New YouTube Channel!

I helped a friend set up a YouTube channel for their English lessons and I thought “Why not start one for The Amazing Art Society?” It’s impossible to ignore that an online presence is what our current future is moving towards! I also think it’s great to have memories of this time to look back on in the future.

We are at moment in history that is very strange so to pass the time, I’ve been drawing and painting rabbits. This is the first time I’ve filmed the process of drawing and painting an artwork. The red rabbit I painted is a mix of frustration, annoyance and a bit of frantic energy. The blue rabbit is my favourite so far! I wish I had filmed whilst I was painting him! Never mind, I’m sure there will be more fluffy bunnies to come!

If you would like to add your videos of how you make artwork to our channel, get in touch: https://amazingartsociety.com/contact/

There is also an Instagram page you can be featured on: https://www.instagram.com/amazingartsociety/

Feel free to upload your artwork to your page and tag us @AmazingArtSociety or use the hashtag #AmazingArtSociety

GROWTH in a time of Cutting Back

The Amazing Art Society has been growing and as of today we are over 530 people strong across our three meetup groups, the website has had over 1640 visitors and over 2700 sessions so far since July 2019. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love – combining art and yoga in a blend that allows for the therapeutic aspects of art to benefit the lives of my students and my own.

Every Saturday we meet on Zoom for 40 minutes to laugh, share our creative projects and see each other. You can find all the details here: https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Art-Society

We also have a Whatsapp Group where we share our artwork and keep in touch with like-minded, creative people. If you would like to be part of the group, please join our Meetup Group and you will find the details in the notes. https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Art-Society

A BIG THANK YOU

At this time I want to send my thanks to everyone who has continued to be part of our Amazing Art Society. With each other we can enjoy the little things in life that bring us joy. I am so grateful to those of you who have shared our group with friends, family and other loved ones. I understand that sometimes, in these dark moments, it is very important to still shine a light to guide us forwards.

Our light is brighter through art. Our light is brighter when we shine together.

Lots of love and sending you every creative vibe I have to keep you drawing, painting, writing and constructing an amazing future for us,

Aliya xxx

OUR NEW CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmoDdRPe8__6aFCd7O4V-7Q

Sumi-e At Taller La Griega with Teofanú Calzada

Teachers need teaching too!

I want to share with you a workshop I went to at my friend Carmen La Griega’s artist studio. Carmen invited Teofanú Calzada to run this exclusive workshop. You can see all the details here: https://tallerlagriega.com/cursos-y-horarios-2020/

WHAT IS SUMI-E?

Eastern Asian style ink painting has a name and that name is Sumi-e, pronounced (Soo-Mi- Eh). This technique is something I had never tried before. I have seen this style often in prints in Japanese and Chinese artworks but I had no idea about the creation or specialised technique that was being displayed.

Monochromatic images are created using the brush to make shapes and impressions of the form of the subject. It looks very simple and is very effective. There are strong aspects of it as an extension of calligraphy.

Ando Hiroshige – famous for the The Great Wave

I thought as I have plenty of experience with watercolours I would find this class easy. I was wrong. Perhaps it was a little tricky as the class was given in Spanish language so maybe I didn’t catch all the instructions. It was my fault, I had thought my grasp of the language would be sufficient, but really the specific words in the art vocabulary were not in my range. Next time I will ask for more guidance in english as there was plenty of time to ask for help.

Anyway, three quarters into the class when I started painting with my own techniques Teofanú Calzada tutor came over and showed me a few sumi-e techniques and explained in English, I caught up enough to be able to find a flow in this new style I was there to learn!

WHAT I LEARNT

There is a balance that can come from understanding that the brush has a mind or energy of its own, just as much as I have a mind and energy of my own. When I give power to the brush as an equal, rather than a tool to do my bidding, we, together can make something beautiful. Sumi-e for me was the learning curve that as an artist I need to trust my body and my tools. I must switch my mind off to allow the brush and my body to show me something more than I am capable of imagining.

THE CLASS

The table set up

When I arrived at the studio, the table was set up beautifully. The ink blocks were laid carefully on a plate, offered up next to a stand with the special Japanese paint brushes hanging like ornaments. Each student had their own ink holder, a dark grey almost black dish made of stone with a reservoir for the ink. There was also a small shallow plate to test the blackness of the ink, a brush, the class overview and a small glass of water were ready for each of us. And as you can see below a lot of tissue to mop up spills or use to blot the brushes when they were too wet.

The ink blocks on a stand, decorated with Japanese writing and pictures.

We spent the first 15 minutes of the class making our ink. We were shown how to pour a little of the water in to the ink holder, then carefully and with time, we ground the ink block into the water on the shallow area of the well. In Spanish I caught that we needed to put our intention into the process of making our ink. It seemed to be very therapeutic to spend time preparing this black liquid.

When the ink was ready, we started with all the practises of making leaves, orchids, chrysanthemums and something to do a with a Phoenix. I will ask more questions about this in the future!

I was so engrossed in my artwork, I didn’t take the break in the middle of the class! I also didn’t take many pictures during the class although I did manage to take a video towards the end when I had completed my final piece – an art work on proper sumi-e paper displaying all the techniques we had learnt in the class.

A video of us all painting

At the end we chose our favourite pieces, either the final piece or something from the practise session, to display on the mirror so we could all appreciate each other’s styles.

The final exhibition of our collective artworks!
My final painting to show all the techniques I learnt at the workshop

I loved this class. It was challenging and exciting. There were parts I wanted to burst into angry tears because of my frustration (I thought the brush was broken – it wasn’t broken, I was disconnected from it) and then there were parts I was floating in a world of flow where me, the ink and the brush were making something cosmic.

I’ve discovered there is plenty I don’t know and I am now becoming an intrepid explorer into the far east, packing just my paintbrush and leaving my expectations of myself at home.

I’m going again, if you would like to join me, book directly with Carmen by calling her or emailing her: tel: (+34) 655 17 43 59  –  (+34) 914 29 61 07 or email: carmenlagriega@gmail.com

Pink and Black Orchids, Sumi-e Feb 2020

Amazing Art Society in Madrid, art classes by brilliant teachers.

Private Art Classes

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…

Instructional, motivational, represented well and well thought out.

Rus Hughes, CFO of Intelligent Labs

I did a vision board workshop with Aliya which was fantastic. Aliya is absolutely lovely and I look forward to participating in more of her workshop. 1000% recommendable 😍💖😊

Charlotte Cotton, World Champion Mountain Runner

The instructor, Aliya, is amazingly involved in the creation process. She encouraged me to try new drawing techniques in a really nice and relaxed environment

Christian VP, Transportation Engineer

Me encanta como Aliya te ayuda a salir de la técnica y disfrutar el proceso del dibujo como un medio terapéutico.

“I love how Aliya helps you get out of the technique and enjoy the process of drawing as a therapeutic medium.”

Gabriela Ramos, Freelance Graphic Designer

WHY CHOOSE PRIVATE?

There are so many reasons why private art classes are a great idea!

  1. Personal attention means you can progress much faster in developing your skills. You accelerate your learning with one on one tuition.
  2. You are free to discuss and ask questions as the class is about your personal needs and requirements.
  3. Personalised classes are tailored to what you want to learn, no set syllabus means you can pick and choose what you want to explore.
  4. Working with a therapeutic art life coach means you are encouraged to create not only your personal style of art but also to try new techniques to find out what you really enjoy doing.
  5. Everyone learns in different ways so private art classes can be adapted to suit the way that you learn.

WHERE ARE THE CLASSES?

Classes can take place almost anywhere!

  1. In my private art studio close to Embajadores.
  2. At your home or studio, provided that travel time and expenses are reimbursed and you have already had one class with me in my studio.
  3. In outdoor spaces if the weather permits and travel time and expenses are reimbursed.
  4. Over video call or similar.

WHAT IS NEEDED?

  1. A willingness to learn!
  2. English language (my spanish is improving!)

WHAT CAN BE LEARNED?

My background is in non-objective artwork, a style that has no basis in this reality. Over the past 20 years I have explored many styles of art, my favourites now include illustration with watercolour, life art with colour, collage and acrylic paint pouring. As I have the qualification of Therapeutic Art Life Coach, I very much enjoy exploring the personal and unique creative styles that my students and clients develop. Often, I help them discover their own talents, mainly by trying different styles and approaches to the same subject. Whatever you would like to learn, if I can help I will. If I can’t help, I will find you a person who can.

HOW TO BOOK:

It’s very easy to book a private art lesson with me. Fill in the request form below. I will reply and we will confirm a date and time to meet. The first lesson always is the quickest so I ask you book at least 2 hours. After that lessons can be booked at your preference up to 8 hours in one day, depending on the project.

I also politely request that you include any information that you feel that might be helpful for me to be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to learn in. If you have any body health issues such as nut allergies, mental health issues such as depression or any spiritual beliefs such as veganism, please let me know so I can accommodate these during our time together.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

I charge a flat rate of €15/hour for private art tuition in english at my studio close to Embajadores, Madrid, Spain.

For video calls the rate stays the same between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday in my timezone in Spain. If your time zone is different we can discuss the rates.

Art supplies, travel expenses, travel time are not included. These can be discussed and agreed, then added to your bill.

I am registered as autonomo in Spain and can provide a IVA (VAT) invoice for you at your request.

If you are interested in Therapeutic Art Life Coaching, please get in contact so we can discuss a course of classes and prices.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…

Instructional, motivational, represented well and well thought out.

Rus Hughes, CFO of Intelligent Labs

I did a vision board workshop with Aliya which was fantastic. Aliya is absolutely lovely and I look forward to participating in more of her workshop. 1000% recommendable 😍💖😊

Charlotte Cotton, World Champion Mountain Runner

The instructor, Aliya, is amazingly involved in the creation process. She encouraged me to try new drawing techniques in a really nice and relaxed environment

Christian VP, Transportation Engineer

Me encanta como Aliya te ayuda a salir de la técnica y disfrutar el proceso del dibujo como un medio terapéutico.

“I love how Aliya helps you get out of the technique and enjoy the process of drawing as a therapeutic medium.”

Gabriela Ramos, Freelance Graphic Designer

Life Art Classes In Madrid

What is it Life Art?

Simply explained, Life Art is nude figure drawing. A model poses for a set amount of time so that artists can practise drawing the human body.

Join us and see our calendar of events on MeetUp or Facebook.

When, Where and With Who?

Members of the Amazing Art Society meet almost every Saturday, from 19.00 to 21.00 in a venue in Madrid. The venue changes so keep updated by joing our group on MeetUp.

The class is relaxed with constant tuition and updates on time left in each pose. The two hours includes a 15 minute break to stretch, compare artwork and chat.

After class we stay and socialise, discuss our art and share stories of our week. Sometimes we play games to have fun, other times we just chat.

I had a wonderful experience doing one of the events with Amazing Art Society. It was fun, engaging, and I learned a lot! Definitely do one of Aliya’s events, you’ll enjoy it a lot! She’s knowledgeable, well-prepared and makes sure everyone has a great time. Looking forward to another one.

Lisa

Blue Monday – Banish it with your Brushes!

Today is Blue Monday, one of the most depressing days of the whole year. You can read about it here or just take my word for it.

How about combating it with your artwork? I often turn to my paint brushes and bright colours when I need to focus on something other than the reality I am presented with.

I choose to spend my time doing things which bring me happiness and joy as there are far too many tasks, people and tv shows that want to rob you of your time and your positivity.

Put pencil to paper, sketch something from life and then change it into something magical.

For example, my salt and pepper-mill cats and the bull door-stop are a sweet collection of useful animals. I find it easier to draw from a photo sometimes so I placed my friends together, took a photo and started sketching in my book with a 2B pencil.

Step by Step Illustration

As always, any mistakes, I leave them in as a reminder that we all fail sometimes and it’s not actually a big deal in the end. Notice the bull has two tails from where I had to move it.

After I’m happy with the composition, I start to add the colour, in this instance with water colours.

Layers and panels help to bring the painting to life and slowly but surely my focus becomes clearer on the present moment and the practise of creating.

Adding a background can be one of the most imaginative aspects of a painting. Often people start with a back ground however I don’t often know when I want to place my subjects until I meet them in colour. I also want my subject in the foreground to be free from pencil marks of the landscape.

Inspired by the friend that gave me the bull, I chose to place my painted friends in a the desert. Looking at a few images on Google helped me to add the Hand of the Desert in Chile to the background and I chose the time of day to depict. apparently it’s most beautiful there at night time when you can see the stars.

The reason I’m sharing this illustration technique with you is to offer you a way out of the Blue Monday of January, a way to banish any negative fogginess with your brushes.

Happy Arting. xx

En-guard Blue Monday! You are Banished by the power of the Paintbrush!

I will be having an exposition of my work in the next few months, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram here for more news.

If you would like to attend one of my art classes you can find me on Eventbrite and Meetup.

For Private Art Classes in my studio, send me a message.

The Four Houses – Vision Board Technique (2020)

Due to the success and positive feedback from the vision board classes held in January, I thought you might like to know a little bit more about what it was all about! I will be holding one of these workshops every month from now on. If you have already been to a Four Houses Technique Workshop, please comment on this post with your thoughts and feel free to come back to a class, to update your board in good company any time you like!

I did a vision board workshop with Aliya which was fantastic. Aliya is absolutely lovely and I look forward to participating in more of her workshop. 1000% recommendable 😍💖😊

Charlotte Cotton – World Champion Mountain Runner 2019

2020 – it begins!

January was host to a fantastic run of three workshops for The Amazing Art Society’s unique vision board technique called The Four Houses.

Based on a way to compartmentalise the four aspects of a balanced life: Health, Connections, Career and Energy Charge, we saw our students plan their boards using their cognitive skills and then furnish their vision board with their creative skills!

Anyone that has ever wondered how to bring more focus and clarity to their life would benefit from spending a few hours with this technique of therapeutic art.

PROUD OF MY STUDENTS:

The workshop includes the learning of the concept of The Four Houses and a start on arranging and attaching images to the vision board. There is a week allocated to keep working on the boards and then encouragement to share the final board created for 2020, 7 days after the workshop took place. I am so proud of my students! Success has already occurred for a few with dance classes, new romantic partners and work opportunities already showing up in my students lives!

Here are some of the completed boards!

CONCEPT:

Imagine you have four houses in your life. Each house is where you go to spend your time when you want different things. For example, when you want to relax on the beach, you go to your house on the coast. Or when you want to complete lots of work, you go to your private office building. Imagine what impact you could create in your life if you could use this compartmentalisation technique to make your vision board true to your life goals.

THE HOUSES EXPLAINED:

Health: You go to this imaginary house when you want to focus on your health. Filled with your favourite gym equipment, maybe a pool because you love to swim, a spinning studio or a steam room and hot tub, this imaginary palace will have everything you enjoy in it, keeping you in good physical and metal health. This house will have a kitchen with the most delicious food you love to eat and that you know is good for you. It is important to focus on healthy options that you enjoy so that you like to visit this house. Furnish it with good habits, good choices and think about who you would like to invite to spend time with you here. In your vision board make sure to use images that reflect these choices.

Career: Firstly, ask yourself, are you happy with your industry and your current projected career? If yes, then the next question is: What do you need to do to be seen as an expert in your field? How can you progress and what steps do you need to take in order to feel like an expert? In other words, how can you be the best example to someone new coming into your work place or industry? If you answered ‘no’ to the ‘are you happy’ question, then start to think about why you don’t enjoy the work anymore. Think about if it is the people around you that have caused this feeling (you could keep the same job but work for another company) or, if it is time to move into a different industry that you feel will be better suited to your new goals for the future. Ask yourself what your career options are. Can you transfer your skills to something else you could enjoy? Use images on your board that display the actions you need to take as well as images that capture what it would be to have achieved these goals.

Connections: This house is your social house, this is where your best friends, family, peers, mentors and trusted confidants live or visit you. What kind of people do you want to be connected with and supported by? It is very important to be open to understanding that you may need to shed some relationships that no longer benefit you. This will make space for the new people that you want to come into your life and for existing relationships to deepen in the way you want. For example, if you want to make friends who are energetic and love nature, then you are likely to meet them in hiking groups. If you want to meet people who enjoy playing video games, you are more likely to meet them online. Go where these people are and you will make these new connections Think about where these types of people are and make sure to focus on using images that capture this in your vision board.

Energy Charge: This is the house you visit when you want to recharge your batteries. This is your play house! Not only when you want to take a break from your career, connections or health, this house has been created in your mind for you to enjoy being you. The question is: What do you do that is not for money, not for status, not because of obligation, not for any purpose or reason, apart from, it makes you happy? This house is to be full of your favourite toys, hobbies and past times. When you spend time in this house, you get to rest your brain from the other parts of your life that require effort into the external environment. This is very important to keep your brain happy and healthy!

If you have any questions or would like more clarification, please get in touch.

HOW:

Take an A4 piece of paper and quarter it. Label each quarter with a house name: health, career, connections and energy charge. Ask yourself the questions in each explanation above. Take your time to use your imagination to create the best possible outcome. Play with your imaginary lottery winnings and really explore the positive options in order to shed your inhibitions and break out a version of your self, free from doubts and with a free spirit. You are invited to imagine anything you want!

When you have completed your written plan, start searching through the images you have collected and make sure to match words and ideas to the images you want to place on your vision board. This is where you may notice how easy it is to be attracted to images that are nothing to do with your plan! Stay on track and set aside any images that do not appear to correspond to your plan, you can do something different with these in the future.

When you’ve collected around half the images you think you will need, take a larger piece of paper to make your vision board on, I use A3 tracing paper. Start to arrange the images that are in line with words and ideas on the plan, onto the second piece of paper to make a nice layout.

When you are sure every concept written on the plan has a corresponding image on the vision board, stick everything to the second page, NOT ON THE PLAN ITSELF. At the end of the exercise, you will have an image vision board which reflects the plans for your Four Houses that is bursting with the energy you want to have in the coming year as well as your written plan to keep on the back side of your board.

Tape the written plan to the back of your board so when you want reminding of what each image represents to you, it is close to hand. Place your vision board somewhere you can see it everyday.

The Four Houses Vision Board Technique, The Amazing Art Society Unique Art Classes

WHEN:

The beginning of a year is always a good time to make plans. Whenever the seasons change is a good time to make plans. Whenever you have a really bad day is probably the most brilliant time to sit down and plan a better future for yourself. Basically any time you really want to take control of your life, do this exercise.

I will be holding a Four Houses Vision Board class every month. You can see the most up to date news on events here.

WHO:

If you would like to know more about me, have a look at my bio.

The Amazing Art Society Studio, Embajadores, Madrid

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Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid
Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

Exhibiting Isa Molina

Prices available directly from the venue and the artist, see contact details below.

Whilst waiting for a friend to arrive at a nearby bar I will be holding laughter yoga workshops and art classes in this year, I discovered this library-slash-coffee shop-slash-gallery.

At first glance I assumed it was a book shop, then I noticed it could be a coffee shop only as there were people sitting and drinking coffee, then as my eyes are not tuned into spotting art flyers, I noticed the poster in the window, so this space seems to be a lot of things in one location!

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

Walking in to the shop I was met with rows and stacks of shelves covered in books. a real book lovers dream, AND they serve coffee!

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

A few tables dotted about the place provided space for guests to sit and read or learn something, a couple of customers seemed to be learning languages, which reminds me I need to practise my Spanish more!

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

The artwork is on display high up above the shelves and on the walls, the ones not covered in books! These bright collage pieces are playful and bright, some are portraits with a childlike aspect of the character of those portrayed.

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid
Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

Isa Molina’s pieces seem typical of Spanish art: bright, playful and emotive. This exhibition finishes quite soon, I look forward to seeing what’s next on display in this book lovers heaven!

You can find Librería Café La Fugitiva‘s Facebook page here and on Instagram here and on Trip Advisor here.

I’m still searching for the contact details for the artist Isa Molina, if you find them, please send me a message, or you can contact them directly through the Librería Café La Fugitiva‘s Facebook page here.

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