Artists Exercise: Alana Bosgra

Alana chooses to doodle when she hasn’t a clear plan when she wants to create. Mushrooms

The other day my daughter wanted to make a collage. Moreover she wanted me to create with her. There was nothing inspiring me. Then I had to think of Alana’s exercise and I started to draw mushrooms. Here are the results…. At least I was loosened up:-). Drawing with mushrooms

lani's art

Monday Marvel: Alana Bosgra

It is time for the Monday Marvel. On 20 November of this year the first Southside Art Market will take place. I will be part of this wonderful initiative from Debra Hood. As I can not wait to meet all these lovely and talented people, I have invited my fellow market artists to introduce them on my blog so you and I can get to know them. This week Alana Bosgra from Lani’s Art.Alana Bosgra

Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Alana Bosgra (or Lani) and I am a 22-year-old social science student/ childcare worker/ artist based on Brisbane southside. I love all things quirky, I LOVE dogs, and I am a big fan of afternoon naps.

What is your medium and the kind of art you make?

My art focusses on storytelling, promoting awareness around mental health, and using art to healthily communicate emotions and thoughts.

I primarily create colourful drawings using Prismacolor pencils and a biro.

I am using my background in social sciences and mental health to drive my art practice and to spread my favourite ideas:

Art does not have to be about skill but instead the experience and process of creating.

Art should be available to everyone, not just those who have studied it or understand it technically; also that art serves a purpose; to bring peace, calm and understanding to what can at times be a tumultuous life.

Art tells stories, it allows for interesting communication, it connects us not only to our own story but to something bigger than ourselves. Pride

Where do you find your inspiration?

Life is inspiration. Bits of overheard conversations on the bus, strange concepts that I come across, music, my own emotions, and I also draw upon my faith for ideas and as a base for why I do what I do.

Can you give us an exercise that helps you either warm up, loosen up, get unstuck or has a wonderful memory?

If I feel like creating but have no conceptual idea, I grab a biro and literally just draw whatever random things pop into my head. Usually patterns, doors, houses, mushrooms, eyes- they are my go-to objects. This helps me unwind and get in a relaxed headspace! Those Rascal Thoughts Can't Make You Drop Your Gaze

Photo 1: Alana Bosgra; Photo 2: Pride; Photo 3: Those Rascal Thoughts Can’t Make You Drop Your Gaze

You can find Alana here:

Facebook.com/lanisarty

Instagram @lanisarty

Online store: lanisarty.squarespace.com

Email: alanabosgra@gmail.com

She will also be at the Southside Art Market on 20 November in Morningside. Hope to see you there.

School holiday challenge continued

My girls might be even more excited about crafting then I am. I set the challenge up so that we didn’t have to work on it every day. But so far they have been asking me every day for it and when we can’t they are really disappointed. image

So here a few more impressions. The wonderful thing about journaling, you work on it when you want to and can come back to it when ever you have time. Enjoy the process.

School holiday challenge

My daughters and I have started our “travel journal ” for Brisbane, by making the journal and decorating the front cover.image
We collected materials like stamps, papers, pens, magazines etc. image

It took a bit of time and convincing to have them make the cover about Brisbane. Granted it is hard to use images instead of words, for someone that loves words so much. But after a bit of a struggle everybody got on a roll and ended up with beautiful covers. image

Hope you have found an interesting subject and are well on your journaling way.