Tuesday, March 31, 2009
On Saturday I took a short "travel sketching" class at the local museum. Tips and pointers for what to take, what to look for, ways to capture the scene.
Then the teacher showed us slides from her various trips and gave us 2 to 5 min. limits for capturing the view.
These are two I did from her shots in Venice. We also drew people on a Maine beach, scenes from Hawaii, and boats of all sizes.
I drew in a 5.5 x 4 sketchbook with a .7 mm Staedtler. Practicing for a summer trip to England!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Those flying things may be approaching black flies, the horrible accompaniment to long-awaited spring in New England.
I'm watching Art City 1, 2 and 3, from Netflix--documentary/interviews of current artists working all around the US. It's inspiring as I doodle, to hear and see artists creating and talking about their work.
Friday, March 27, 2009
A wet sketch deposited smudges on this page. I liked the shape, so added some ink.
Dark images from the backside showed through the scan. So I cut around the shape and used the digital paintbucket to pick up and add some pale green as filler for the rectangle. The pink is actually showing through from red paint on the reverse side.
Process described so you don't think any of this was (gasp) planned.
W/c and ink on Superaquabee deluxe.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
On Monday the high was still only in the 20s, with a chill wind. So a glowing orange square is a joy to create. These colors are like the glowing fire in my woodstove.
Where's spring? It even snowed a teeny bit on Sunday!
W/c on Aquabee.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Playing with oils with a palette knife shows me what all the oil painters have been talking about. It's like spreading frosting.
Glorious and messy fun.
I cropped and scaled up a top edge block to show the strokes more clearly. Via Gimp on my computer, the closeups of the original scan are fascinating.
On gessoed 90# paper.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I was given this as a child by a cousin of my Mother. He'd bought it in South America when he was there looking for new species of grasses. He found one and it was named after him.
I have no clue now what his name was, but I was thrilled he gave me this little bank.
W/c on 140# Arches.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I have to practice drawing fabric just because it's so boring to me.
In mindfulness practice, we say, if something is boring, look at it more closely. If it's still boring, look at it even more closely. See the fine details, see the implications, causes, effects. Really look.
I think that's working just a little bit for me. At least I'm drawing what's actually there in the fabric.
Before, my eyes just glazed over and I scribbled in something like folds and layers.
Pencil on Canson drawing paper. Color added to add interest :-)
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I've been skimming some books about the 1950s and 1960s wave of Abstract Expressionists. This might be in that style.
Or it might be a splash of "thank God we're past February and there's hope for spring!"
W/c on Strathmore Aquarious II paper.