Ok, I'm not really lost in a labyrinth but I did "lose" a few hours working on this. Ok, I didn't really lose those hours, I just thought I'd be able to finish this one in an hour or so but 3.5 hours later I'm finally posting this. My friend, Sadelle, creates tangled labyrinths using Zentangle patterns. I love her work and wish I could take her class but she is literally (and, yes, I'm using this correctly) on the other side of the country so attending her class would be very expensive! But I did use some of her work as a guide for drawing this in my sketchbook. It's kinda wonky and squished but not bad for freehand.
Come back tomorrow for an epic reflection post on the last year!
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 :)
I've got a short post for you today...I had low motivation today as it seems like my lungs have decided to get in on the illness action...bronchitis is typically how I finish sinus/throat issues. But despite low motivation, I did get some sketching in the books...sketchbook that is...get it? ;) So, here are some funky looking squirrel sketches.
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, not really but I can wish! I finally finished one of my works in progress today! I've been mulling this one over for a while and just really couldn't decide how to finish the coloring. I really liked how the water turned out and I guess I was so worried about messing the rest of it up that I just set it aside. I'm not sure what inspired me to pick it back up today but I figured I'd use a combo of watercolor pencils and Inktense blocks on the flower and the pod. I had originally planned to use a magenta palette since I just love pinks in general but today as I started gathering my supplies I had the thought that orange would be a better palette choice. I'm happy I went that way. Blue and orange are complementary colors so I think this helps the lotus pop off the page and I think more than a magenta one would have. I think the flower just looks like it's glowing. I'm glad I let this one percolate and waited for inspiration to come. This piece is 9" x 12".
Ugh...feeling like hell but trying to create as much as I can. Today, I decided to play around with blind contours. These drawings are made by not looking at the paper at all (I cover my drawing hand with the previous page in my sketchbook to remove the temptation to peek) while you are drawing, only following the edges of the object with your eyes and trying to have your hand follow that movement. I had grabbed a bunch of squashes/gourdes at the store the other day so I set out to draw them. The leaves turned out really well...I promise I didn't peek once! Blind contours are funky with the emphasis on fun! Hoping for better health tomorrow!
Ok, turns out it's really hard to be creative when I feel like total crap. I think I've managed to develop a sinus infection to go along with my tonsillitis so I guess it's good they gave me antibiotics yesterday. I did manage to work on a couple of things, albeit continuations on the tree theme. I finished Grandma's birthday card and decided to develop some more leaf/season ideas with the blown watercolor branches in one of my sketchbooks. I'm also reading the book in the picture to work on my drawing skills. Now off to bed!
Ugh...today ended up as a sick day :(. My throat started feeling scratchy this afternoon and then I started feeling achy this evening. I've had strep a couple of times and one time it came on like a ton of bricks and I really didn't want to feel worse. overnight so off we went to urgent care. The quick strep test came back negative so that's good news but I still have tonsilitis...yuck! Thank goodness I worked on these two pieces before I started feeling crappy. I love trees and I think they are definitely part of my artistic symbology. The pencil sketch of the tree resulted from wanting to play with some water soluble graphite pencils. I love how it turned out and it was so much easier to blend the shading with the water than scrubbing it around with a blending stump. The other piece is another like I worked on yesterday. This time it's on a card made from watercolor paper. I still have the leaves to do but that'll come tomorrow. Once done, this card is on its way to my husband's grandma for her birthday! Now off to bed to rest since I feel like crap...
Fall is my favorite season and it actually seems to be arriving on time here in Portland! It's been a warm summer and dry here (I know it's hotter elsewhere but I moved here for the clouds and rain) and I've been white knuckling it for a bit so I'm so excited for the change. Starting tomorrow, we're supposed to have rain and much cooler temps for the foreseeable future! Every year on Facebook, I post a poem or quote about autumn as an ode to my favorite season. This year, however, I opted for a visual ode. I saw a tutorial on The Postman's Knock blog this weekend for creating a tree using watercolor and a straw to blow the paint across the page to make the branches, It took me a couple of tries but I totally nailed it and I just love the result! I used pearlescent watercolor paint for the leaves so they sparkle. I'm totally going to do more of these trees...there are so many options! This is 4.5" x 6".
I'm feeling better now that I've recommitted to my project and my learning/discovery process. I didn't get a chance to start as early this morning as I wanted but I'm so pleased with what I produced and learned that it's a very successful day. Now, I'm going to sign off and read some books...art books, of course :)
I mentioned yesterday that I fallen back on bad habits and really need to recommit to developing as an artist. So, I got started earlier today and did some playing around with some watercolor paints. I love how watercolors look but I've resisted them because they can be hard to control and I've been so worried about "making mistakes" that I just thought maybe I should just avoid them. That damn perfectionist makes me crazy! So, I thought today was a good day to just jump in and see what happens. I saw a great tutorial for watercolor flowers yesterday and set out to give them a try. I think some of them in the first image look interesting...not bad for a first try. I also like the second image...they're like spider mums and a little bud. I've purchased a watercolor Craftsy class and have borrowed some Kindle books on watercolor techniques so I'm going to work on this.
I really do want to work toward finding my artistic voice, though I suspect I have several (multiple art personalities?) since I like such a variety of media. As I'm wrapping up my 16th week of this project, I'm recommitting to discovering my artistic self and working each day in earnest to learn as much about myself and art-making so that I can become the artist I know myself to be.