Day 6! I saw a picture of a mushroom with a skinny stem that inspired me. Here's today's drawing of this mushroom using Derwent's Graphitint pencils blended with water, black Micron pen and white gel pen. I really like this one and I'm thinking of doing a series of small paintings of different kinds of mushrooms. I love being inspired!
I goofed around a bit too much this morning. Procrastination is my worst enemy these days. I always seem to find stuff to look at or read on the internet, usually related to art or creativity so in some ways it feels relevant to my "work" but it's really just a convenient excuse to not make art.
Thankfully, though, I managed to close the laptop and get busy! Today's drawing was inspired by a picture I saw recently of a window made with thin slices of agate in a variety of colors. After I started in with the colored pencils, I quickly realized I could easily spend all day on this but I've got work to do on another project, a commissioned piece. So, I might keep adding to this one little by little. I'm thinking though of doing a series of this type of design in a variety of media on different surfaces. I'm curious to see how I can get some cool "spreading" yet confined looks in acrylic and watercolor and how different surfaces would react to those efforts. I'm so happy I decided to start this daily art project. I love that only 5 days in and I'm having ideas again!
Woo Hoo! I'm on a roll now :). I had trouble thinking of what to draw in my sketchbook today. But I did have a couple of ideas which is way better than none! I decided today to try Shiloh Sophia's 20 line face drawing method. I've tried drawing realistic faces a few times in the recent past only to end up with faces that look like a 5 year old did them. I got so frustrated that I just stopped drawing them and "decided" that I just can't do faces. But I think the problem is more that I can't "see" them in a way to be able to draw them so I'm going to try again and again and again until I get the hang of them. I've drawn a few "manga" style faces (I'll post my first attempt at those after today's drawing) and Shiloh Sophia's method appeals to me in its simplicity. So, I gave it a go. Once I had the pen drawing done I thought I'd use my new set of Derwent Graphitint pencils. These are interesting in that they are subtly tinted pencils that can be blended like graphite pencils or add water to bring out more of the pigment. So, once again I opted for water in a non-water sketchbook. Oh well...guess I'm just a rebel at heart! The colors and shading show up as more subtle in this pic than they are in reality. There's some wonkiness in her features and hair but overall I like her, especially since this is my first attempt with this method :).
Yay! Day 3...I'm not great at sticking with things so making it to a third day is actually an accomplishment for me :). I got started on today's drawing earlier in the day than yesterday, which is a good thing. I wasted much of day 2 goofing around on the computer that once I finished the sketch and got it posted, it was time for bed...no other creations yesterday. Today will be different since the daily art one is done and there's time to work on something else!
I'm doing this project for a few reasons. One, I've just been so stuck creatively that new ideas have been slow to come. Two, I've stopped playing with art making, feeling like now that I'm working to be a "professional" artist, all of the work I produce must be sellable. Three, I have a lot of fear around being visible, sharing my process, success, worthiness and deservedness (I don't think this is a real word but you get what I mean). Four, I'm a master procrastinator and I use any excuse possible to avoid making art for all of the above reasons and probably others.
So, the daily art project is a way for me to just play around with art and mark making with no pressure around having to sell it. I'm also hoping it will be a source for idea generation. I think as I get more comfortable with making art for it's own sake (and because it really does bring me tremendous joy when I surrender to it), I'll be making it from a more authentic place and I'll make progress toward finding my own artistic voice.
Ok, enough goofing off writing this post! Here's today's drawing. I recently did a class with Tara Leaver, called Artist Inspired, that uses great painters/artists as inspiration for our own work. One of the artists in this class is Spanish painter, Joan Miro. I'm planning a larger painting and have a background prepped but I was feeling nervous about "ruining" it so I figured I'd use my daily art project as an opportunity to play around with mark making in Joan Miro's style. Here's what I created! I used a Sakura bush pen for the black marks, Tombow markers for the color, and a white Sakura gelly roll pen for the white detail. The background is blue Tombow marker applied with a water brush. I've used water media the last three days in this sketchbook knowing full well that the paper doesn't hold up very well...wonder what's up with that? ;)
Day 2 of #dailyart Quickish watercolor sketch of the Amalfi Coast. The reference pic came from a travel magazine but I hope to travel there in person someday soon. This is the first ever landscape sketch I've really ever done. I've been wanting to get into Urban Sketching for a couple of months but I've been super fearful that I'll totally suck at this kind of sketching. I'm feeling quite vulnerable in posting this pic because there is much I don't like about it but I won't learn how to be better at it if I don't practice and fear has been holding me back way too much lately. And I really need to stop using water media in this sketchbook!
My first blog post here... I would love to start off with something profound but I'll just stick with authenticity with a little vulnerability thrown in!
I've been struggling lately with artist's block...setting my expectations for myself really high, so high that I just haven't created anything. So, I've decided to follow in the footsteps of one of my favorite artists, Tara Leaver, and do at least one small drawing/painting a day in my sketchbook. This is an opportunity to just play and try new things without expectations. I'll try to share my progress here everyday! So, here's day 1. This is water soluble oil pastels. No planning here, just play!