It's been a while since I blogged regularly so I almost forgot to post today's challenge drawing. Since I'm about to head to bed I won't say much about this one. It started out as a pencil drawing but decided it wanted to be a watercolor instead...so I obliged. See you tomorrow!
I love when I get these drawings done early...more time for other stuff! I LOVE ballet. I have these pointe shoes as decoration (never made it long enough to go en pointe myself). I've tried to draw them on several other occasions with disastrous results. I decided this time to try the same technique I used with the bamboo plant last week...laying down the color (in gouache) and then drawing the lines of the shoes after it was dry (I left out the ribbons this time). They are still pretty wonky (as seems to be part of my style) and I'll probably do them again (and again?) but I rather like how they came out this time! I'm really enjoying this technique. I'm considering doing a series using it. Do I just want to make the technique itself as the unifying factor in the series or should I do a particular subject matter theme? Tell me what you think in the comments!
Two in-progress pieces today. I started the long one first thing but the paint needs to be fully dry before I finish it so I figured it would be best to give it a full day to dry...and I didn't feel like holding the hair dryer over it. The diamonds page in my sketchbook (well, the other is in my sketchbook, too...I have like 45 or something :)...is also in progress as I intend to paint each diamond. I started on this one too late in the afternoon before my coaching/tutoring student appointments to get it finished and I don't feel like working on it now so I'll finish it tomorrow. I'm really enjoying this sketchbook stuff. A new lesson opens tomorrow for Sketchbook Skool so I'm super excited about what's coming next but I'm really pleased with what's happening in my sketchbooks so far. I've never been much of a sketchbook person, never really saw much value in "goofing" around in a sketchbook when there was "real" art to make but I've made some really beautiful art in these books so far and I think some of them I'm going to make again in a larger format but I'm also really seeing the value in having a place to play and experiment. It's so much easier to just turn the page when something isn't really working. Yay for sketchbooks!
Today marks 5 weeks done of my daily art project. It's kind of crazy! When the day began, I had plans to complete a couple of creations but the day had other plans for me. As I've mentioned on each previous Wednesday since we lost our dog, this day has been harder than any other day of the week. It's a stark reminder of how many weeks have passed (4 at this point). A friend emailed me to see how I'm holding up and I told her that I struggle with Wednesdays and she suggested that instead of letting this day get me down, I should use it as a day to celebrate Kagero instead. I'm not sure how I'll do this but I'm going to try this for next week. I was also feeling very overwhelmed and inadequate as an artist this morning. I feel like there's so much I don't know, so much I need to learn and I'll never make great art. I've been receiving some creativity coaching from Tara Leaver, who is an amazing artist herself, and she sent an email today checking in on my progress. I detailed to her how I was feeling and she really helped me to move through this funk. It'll probably come back again (this crap seems really common for artists) but she also reminded me that I'm grieving and that I have to practice self-care during this time and not beat myself up. When she said that, I realized that my "zest" to learn new things/feeling frustrated by a seeming lack of progress is me trying to push through and/or totally avoid my grief, neither of which help me much. So, I opted to just go with the flow today. After it being quite hot here yesterday, this morning was cool and overcast, perfect for a walk. I walked several blocks to a nearby elementary school and played on the swings for a bit. I watched a guy play ball with his dog and then I set out again for home. I didn't wear my earphones for music on this walk, just tried to be as present as possible, listening to the sounds around me, smelling the fragrance of nearby flowers, watching squirrels scamper about. It was very peaceful, pleasant. I hope the weather will cooperate more often in the mornings for more walks. When I got home, I thought about starting a new project but I just couldn't pry myself away from the computer. I got inspired, though to list some items in my Etsy shop, you can find me here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kierstansart I hope to add more items soon. Then, with some time left in the afternoon, I opted to sketch out some ideas to finish my Joan Miro inspired painting (which is today's contribution to my daily art project). I started this way back at the beginning of my daily art project, day 3 was a Miro inspired sketch. It was time to finish this piece, so I came up with a design I liked and went for it. I had already prepped the background with diluted blue gouache. I penciled in my design and decided to draw it in with waterproof black ink and a dip pen with nib. I don't have much experience with these yet and, unfortunately, my lines are a bit off, too think in some places, too scratchy in others. Then I added in the colors. Once those were dry I reinforced some of the black lines and called it done. It's not as "precise" as I'd like it to be but that's ok. It's all about learning and I definitely learned that I need to practice with the dip pen to learn how to use it better. I do like Miro's style and may look for more inspiration from his work. I'm also including the week 5 compilation of each of this week's pieces.