Black and white pen sketch, 2015, Morag Noffke. Putting plans into actions Is much like sowing seeds My critical thoughts Attack my ideas Like birds pecking At seeds, Eating away at my own goodness. How many seeds are left to grow? If I want to see a harvest I need to to put up a … Continue reading Self-doubt
Daisy, 2015 pencil crayon by Morag Noffke I came into the world alone I stand firm Independent and strong Making my own choices They are my power I have roots That ground me And leaves That energize and restore me I hold my head of petals up To the Light I receive Its rays And … Continue reading Independent and Strong.
First image I created this mixed media image in 1981 (oil pastel, charcoal and conte’, and acrylics). I was unmarried at the time and was Morag Armstrong. The guide lines were to show the light and shadows on white objects and one dark object. The still life was set out: two white shells, one white … Continue reading We have the choice.
I wonder if you feel like this, from time to time, or is it just me? I have so many creative ideas exploding like popcorn in my head. I come up with them all at once and then can’t implement them all. I land up feeling frustrated. This is akin to creative constipation; creative ideas … Continue reading Creative Constipation.
Flags by W.C. Armstrong and Morag Armstrong (Noffke) 1968 The days before pre-writing. I remember wanting to write before I had learned how. This didn't stop me; that's the black squiggles you can see. "Can you read what I wrote?" I would ask my dad and of course he would make up some deliciously wild … Continue reading To stay stuck or launch.
Light and colour, colour burst, pastels, by Morag Noffke. I am enjoying playing with colour at the moment but I added a new challenge of using light. In this painting I explored a yearning that I have had: to paint light coming from behind the flowers from a light source, such as a window. I … Continue reading Light and colour, Art process and reflection.
Self-reflection requires you to shift the focus within. Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted - it is an intimate date with yourself. Paul TP Wong. Water colour sketch, abstract, by Morag Noffke I lashed out at someone in my mind. I was annoyed. I know I need to come back to my personal barometer. … Continue reading Poem: Self-reflection
This a section of my journal, showing you the process with an image emerging. The art processI want to share a simplified explanation of my art process emerging from a deep reflective process I had in the last few weeks. Often my process evolves and emerges over time. Many thoughts and experiences contribute to my … Continue reading Mystic Colour Burst: My art process.
Stellenbosch winelands, Western Cape, South Africa. Chalk pastels, by Morag Noffke. Stellenbosch, winelands, cropped, by Morag Noffke. There is nothing better than to visit the winelands in the Western Cape of South Africa, on holiday or on a Sunday, and to enjoy the beauty of the rural setting. Of course there is wine tasting, cheese … Continue reading Lock-down Memories: Pastel Winelands.
The creative process is a delicate state, the balancing of imagination and logic. Preparing, percolating, playing, mulling, musing, waiting, wafting, wanting, incubating, inspiration, illumination. The creative process is not linear, Cannot be forced. Inspiration comes in a moment, a flash that ignites or emerges slowly like a dawning light. Either way you need to feed … Continue reading Poem: Fostering creativity