Wow, 120 days done....Crazy! I really had no idea what to draw today and I've decided I've been trying too hard to "make" art happen and I need to just allow it to happen. I've also been really "worried" about finding my style but in one of the many books I'm reading, it said something to the effect of, "don't worry about your style, just make as much art as you can and your style will emerge". So, I'm going to try to follow that advice and just create and try to create more than I have been and just see what happens. I love color, especially bright, vivid colors so I definitely think that's an aspect of my style/artistic voice that transcends mediums. I'm excited to see the other things that emerge. So, here's today's creation...colorful circles :)
Had another busy day today with a Zentangle class at one of the library locations and as I'm still recovering from my various respiratory infections, it took a ton of energy to get through this class and then grocery shopping. But I didn't give in to the temptation to skip the day and came up with this drawing in one of my sketchbooks. I really had no plan for this other than wanting a repetitive pattern. I started drawing triangles and ended up with a page full of them. Then I considered making smaller triangles in each one but then thought color might be nice. I started in thinking I'd fill each triangle but I realized that it would be interesting to just sprinkle the color around instead. I had many coloring options but decided to keep with a muted palette except for the one pink triangle. I like it :)
Ok, I didn't work on the follow up to yesterday's sketch. Instead, I found these new professional watercolor markers by Winsor & Newton. They are so cool but kinda expensive so I only got three of them to play with. I'm in love with these colors! Not that abstract things need to look like anything...hence the abstract name...but I think this looks kind of like the ocean at sunset. I just love these markers and I can't wait to get my hands on more of them!!!
I'm in hopes of working on the beach hut painting tomorrow but, you know, who knows what I'll decide to work on. I'm open to follow the whims of the Universe these days ;)
I had such great creative mojo going until Oscar's ER visit last week. It's been really hard to get back into it with the same energy. Today was another struggle of a day. I did give a drawing lesson so I did engage in creative activity, I just didn't have a product to show for it. I think this posting accountability has been helping me to just do something, anything so I pulled out a sketch book and some markers. I just moved the black pen around making loops and then decided to color in the spaces with the colored markers. I was hating the overlapped lines but then I decided to just embrace them and use them to show motion in each section and to add texture. It's no masterpiece but I do feel better for having done it tonight. Now...bedtime!
I was just looking at this picture and realized that it kind of looks like Tetris. Anyway, I've called this one "Paean to Autumn". Fall is my favorite season and I look forward to it greatly each year since Summer is my least favorite season. Some of the leaves here in Portland have been turning since mid-July, which is pretty early, but we're still having 90+ degree days, which is pretty unusual. But I know fall is on its way and this piece reminds me of fall with the color palette I chose. This piece is interesting to me, too, in that color selection. I'm typically attracted to jewel-toned colors but rarely to the primaries. When I sat down with the black paper and white colored pencil last night, I just let the pencil find its way across the page, which created this Tetris-like design. Then it struck me that I should use yellows, oranges and reds for the coloring. It's different from my usual style/palette but I rather like it. What do you think?
I just wasn't feeling very creative today and couldn't decide what to do or even if I felt like making something today. Some days it has made sense not to push myself but today felt like one to just do something, anything. So, here's another abstract piece in progress. Once I began, I started liking what was showing up on the page...hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.
I'm posting super late tonight but it was a busy day and I didn't have a chance to start earlier. I'm still playing around with my new tri-color colored pencils. I'm not sure what this is...I just started drawing and then coloring. It's kind of stained glass-esque....I kinda like it thought. I generally love wavy, curvy lines so I guess it makes sense that I'd draw them that way. I didn't really start out intending to have separate warm and cool colors but I realized after filling just a couple of spaces that this was what made sense for this piece. It's interesting if nothing else :)
I've had busy days before where I've had to delay my daily creating but today was crazy! I had a businesswomens networking meeting that lasted all morning, then a lovely lunch with my adorable husband and then what was supposed to be a quick shopping errand turned into an excursion and suddenly the day was gone! So, I didn't get to sit down to work until around 7pm so it made sense to work on an in-progress piece. I was able to get another corner of this one done, so that's great but I'm definitely ready to be done with this one!
I'll probably start a new project tomorrow!
Holy crap it's awesome to sell my art! I decided that my koi drawing was done without adding anything more. I really like how it turned out. Well, so did lots of my friends on Facebook, one of whom decided she had to have it. It's so exciting to move people with my work. What's interesting about this piece is that it came so easily. I've been wanting to do something with koi fish (I have other works in mind) and it just seemed to make sense to use the patterns of the ink stained paper to form the koi's skin. I drew the fish and painted around it. Just these two actions drew rave reviews. So much so that it just seemed too easy...like I hadn't actually done anything to this piece but other pieces that I spend hours upon hours working on draw crickets. It feels like I just simply don't know what people will like. I can't remember if I've talked about it previously here but I know I've discussed this with my husband...that the pieces I seem to like the least, other people like the best and the ones I'm particularly proud of seem to draw little to no reaction. I think I'm going to start taking note of what reactions come to see if there's a pattern...maybe there's not but I still wonder.
A couple weeks ago, I discovered a blog by another artist doing a daily creative project. Crystal Moody is doing a year-long project and started it in January so she's much farther in. You can find her blog here. I've spent the last couple of days reading most of her posts and I feel like she is a kindred spirit. So many of the things she's written about, I too have either written about, thought about or discussed with others. Her fears, resistance, discoveries, etc resonate with me so completely. Please check her blog out. Her work, both written and visual, inspires me!
Now for today's work. I've decided to keep up with the drawings on the ink stained paper. I've opted to let the ones I made yesterday dry a little longer so I used the last piece of one of the very busy inky/painted pages that I cut up last week. The other drawings have had more representational elements (flowers and the fish). This one was calling for something more abstract. As I looked at the page, I could see areas of the ink drawing that were prominent and wanted to stand out. Then I thought about scribbly ovals to isolate them and then obscure the rest of the background with the white acrylic ink. I like the simplicity of this composition juxtaposed with the complexity of the underlying patterns. I think I'm going to keep working with this style. These last 4 pieces have been smaller, 5.5" x 7" but I think I'm ready to go bigger. I can't wait to see what comes next! Oh yeah, and I've completed 12 weeks of this daily art project! So crazy!
Most times I just "know" when a piece is done but this one is vexing me a little. I've gotten rave reviews on this one on Facebook, even before it was close to finished so I'm feeling torn. I like how the koi came out. I kept the details subtle because I didn't want to obscure the colors. What I'm struggling with is the idea that there can't just be one item on the page. When I originally thought of this idea, I thought I'd add a couple of lily pads but now I'm not so sure. I sought suggestions from my lovely FB friends and got some good ones. Based on one suggestion, I uploaded the photo of the piece into Paint and added in the lily pads where I thought of them but I think they detract from the fish, so I don't want to do that. I did just a bit ago think of adding some air bubbles but I'm not sure of that idea either. So, I'm going to follow another great suggestion and just set it aside for a couple of days and then see if I still feel like adding to it.
Since these "silhouette" style drawings/paintings have been successful/popular, I've decided to keep exploring them. I wanted to create some new backgrounds The bluish one is a fresh one I started today but the other two were pages that I had stained with ink/paint sometime last year. I didn't like how they turned out and just didn't know what to do with them. I have heard that an artist should never throw work away so I hung on to them. I've looked at them time and again since I made them but just put them away again because I couldn't figure out what to do. But I realized this afternoon that these would be great to work with as backgrounds, they just needed more layers. of ink. So, I soaked these pages and stapled them to an art board to help reduce buckling. Then I added more ink and more ink and more ink. I decided to play a little bit and added some drops of rubbing alcohol to disperse the ink and so far they seem to be coming together rather nicely! I think what I'm really enjoying about these inky backgrounds is that I'm letting myself just play and experiment...observing what happens, letting ideas just flow. I love that feeling and the reward when they end up looking interesting. I wish I could find that flow/ability to play with more of my artwork...