So today was more of a craft day than an art day. My husband and I are going to a wedding next weekend and the dress I want to wear needed a little altering. I have sensitive skin and the elastic inside the neckline of the bodice gives me a rash. So, in thinking about how to make it wearable I thought adding ribbon inside to form a barrier between me and the elastic might work. It probably would have been easier to have used the sewing machine but I didn't want the stitches to show on the outside so I had to do it by hand...which meant keeping the elastic fully stretched while I sewed. I really needed a third hand! The pics are the inside of the dress pre-ribboned, then ribboned, and the outside post-ribboned.The other picture is a necklace and ribbon flower I made to accessorize my newly wearable dress! YAY!
The commissioned quote drawing I started yesterday is done! I opted to go more simple with the decoration and just try to frame the quote so that it doesn't get lost. I used the colors of the school at which my friend who requested this piece teaches. It's done directly on the "Read" page from a 1989 copy of Webster's Dictionary.
I can't believe I've been doing this daily art thing for 9 weeks. Where does the time go? But time passes anyway so at least I have 9 weeks worth of art to show for the time passing. I need to bring in some more money, though, so I'm going to focus more on producing art that I love making but that I also hope sells. I definitely still plan to keep learning and trying new techniques but I'm feeling the pull to be more purposeful about what I'm working on. I've had several works in progress in recent weeks so you might see more of those. I kinda like doing that though. It's forcing me to take photos as I'm working and it's cool to see the art evolving. I hope to get a Go Pro camera sometime soon and can shoot some video as I work.
Thanks to anyone who has been reading along and following my progress. Feel free to comment and tell me what you think...but keep it nice, please!
Here's a pic of the finished quote and my week 9 compilation.
Short post today...I realize it doesn't look like I got much done today but I actually spent a few hours figuring out the font for this commissioned piece then transferring it and finally inking it onto the dictionary page. The hardest part is now done, though, so now I just have to figure out what art I want to put around it.
Today was a busy day for me so I didn't have much time to work on my art today but I didn't want to miss the day so I pulled out my trusty colored pencils and my current drawing and got to work. A couple hours later, I had the second pod done and the early layers on the third one complete. I'm going to keep working on this one tomorrow but I also plan to start something new tomorrow. Variety is the spice of life, right?
Day 60...officially 2 months into my daily art practice. I guess I would be at 63 days had it not been for that bad week at the beginning of June when we lost our sweet dog but I'm really proud of myself that I didn't let that become an obstacle for me. I've learned a lot over the last 2 months, as I hope I've adequately relayed. What's been great about this is feeling like I'm connecting to my true self everyday. I guess there have been days when I haven't really felt like making art but when I've felt like that I'm usually tired, maybe a bit cranky, sometimes having a pity party, but once I sit down to work on something, even if it's just sketching some ideas, I start to feel better about those other things. I've been trying to do sitting meditation for years and I'm sure I just give up too easily but I typically find myself just dozing off or full on falling asleep, even with guided meditations. I get frustrated and just stop. But I'm finding more and more that when I'm drawing, especially stuff like my cityscapes which use such intricate linework, that I'm able to focus on that so much that I can mentally sit back and observe my thoughts, much like they say to do in sitting meditation...watch them come and go like clouds. The activity of making art really does help to ground me in the present moment, which I think is why it helps me feel better, when I'm feeling upset or angsty....those things that I'm agonizing about or catasrophizing in my mind haven't happened, everything is perfectly ok right here, right now in this very moment. Then I can't help but feel grateful for this moment, for the ability to make art in this moment, for all the abundance (material and immaterial) that surrounds me in this moment. How amazing is my life? Very...very.
I worked more on the Zentangle inspired drawing today, but I was a little tired of the green so I opted to shift to the pinks on the Purk pods. I thought I'd get them all done today in just a couple of hours, but not so much. I've never really clocked how much time I spend working on my drawings but today I just happened to notice the clock when I sat down to work. I spent 2 hours, pretty much straight through, on that one pod and putting down the base layer on the other two. That may not seem like a long time, but I really did think I'd get all 3 of them done today in that couple of hours. Imagine my surprise when I saw how much time had passed and only one was done. It's interesting because I know that hours pass when I work, but once I'm in the flow, I don't really notice how much time really goes by. So, more hours are ahead for me as I continue to color.
I'm giving a Zentangle lesson tomorrow and was thinking about what I want to teach tomorrow and decided to create a Bunzo (that's the pattern name on the tile below) monotangle in a spiral formation. Bunzo is one of my very favorite tangles/patterns but it's one that I just have to remind myself to trust along the way. I always feel really funky about it while I'm working on it because my inner critic likes to chime in on how ugly it looks and how I should just give up. But I know once the spaces are colored in, shaded and highlighted, it will look cool, so I keep at it. I just love this one!
Not too much to report on today. Saturdays are often a busy day filled with errands and such. I didn't have anyone sign up for a Zentangle class for today so those were cancelled but I went in search of a dictionary to do more art upon (I found a nice big one at Goodwill for like 3 bucks!) and to find some ribbon to match a dress I need to alter a little for an upcoming wedding. Found the ribbon, at least as close as I could match colors and got some coordinating glass pearls to make a necklace. Yay! Then grocery shopping happened and finally back home. So, I didn't get started on the coloring until this afternoon and this is how far I got. I love the greens of the vines and I'll use that color combo on the leaves of the plants. I wanted the stems to seem woodier so I added some browns but I think there still isn't enough contrast between the stems and the vines so I think I'm going to go deeper and darker with the browns and see if I can find the right combo. The problem I might encounter though is that with wax-based colored pencils only so many layers can be added before the wax just takes over and I may be swiftly approaching that point. I might just leave them until last and add more if I feel like they are still lost after everything else is added in. We'll see :)
I just did not know what to make today. After many years of creativity block, it's awesome to have new ideas but sometimes an abundance of ideas is paralyzing. The morning started with me thinking about starting one thing, then I had an idea for something else and started thinking about that. Then that made me think of something else and I got out some reference material and started sketching ideas in my sketchbook but then I realized that this idea was going to take more time than I had to really get started today and I then I started thinking about how would I do the backgrounds, etc so I just had to stop. Of course, I've made notes of all of these ideas because I think they are good ones to explore but I just knew they weren't ideas for today.
So, last week I did a found poem using a Zentangle pattern that's called Purk. It's the one that kinda looks like a shell. When I started doing Zentangle in October 2012, I just fell in love with how this one looked but damn if I couldn't do it. Now, there's no one ideal way to draw a pattern, you just follow the steps and how it turns out is simply how you create that pattern. This is a fantastic way of thinking and operating within the Zentangle method. However, I simply love how Maria Thomas' (co-founder of the Zentangle Method) Purk looks and I practiced my heart out to get it to look how I wanted it, to look dimensional and bumpy. Now, it's one of my very favorite patterns to use. I had an idea earlier this week to use Purk as a plant-like pod and use the ribbon-like lines that surround the bumps as vines. I like it so far. I can't wait to see how it comes together with the color. Just for reference this one is 9"x12".
I decided not to start anything new today. But I've been on such a roll that I couldn't miss a day so I opted instead to work on the coloring on that flowery, floaty checked teardrop thing piece. It's astounding to me how long each flower takes to color. It seems like they should take no time at all but each flower consists of three shades of each color that are added in layers and blended and blended again. So, each flower takes many minutes to complete and there are so many flowers on this thing. This piece is 10" x 15" so there's a lot of ground....er....paper to cover. At least now I have one corner done! I think something new tomorrow :)
I'm so excited to have this one finished! It turned out so much better than I thought it would/could. There were so many hours invested in this piece but so very worth it. I love the cartoony/illustrative effect. I love the colors and the shading, oh I just love this one. I love all the choices I made and that I kept with it. I loved doing all the tiny little details and I loved the coloring. Wow...it's so exciting to have something I made look so cool! This is also the end of week 8 of my daily art project. I'm so thrilled at my persistence and my commitment. I'm so proud of myself. I can't wait to see what I come up with next!
I really thought I'd get this one done today and I guess if I kept working on it tonight, I'd probably get it done but I have to prep for a Zentangle lesson tomorrow so I need to shift gears. I spent much of the day working on the little details in the cityscape I'm calling Angel Kagero's Eye View. I drew in all the small details first with pencil and once I was satisfied with their placement, I inked them. Once the ink had set I had to erase the pencil lines beneath the ink. I really wish I could could get a better sense of how long these things will really take as I spent most of the day working on this...many hours. I will have it done tomorrow, though, and I just can't wait to see it finished. It was hard for me to keep plugging away on this one because it just seemed so boring, especially compared to my last cityscape that had such dramatic perspective. But I had in my mind's eye how I wanted this one to look and it's really starting to emerge, so I'm happy I stuck with it. But I will be happy when it's done!