watercolor woes…

“For the artist, drawing is discovery.  And that is not just a quick phrase; it is quite literally true.” ~John Berger

 

I’m taking Mary Ann’s class “Sketchbookery.”  There’s only one more week of class after this week.  It is possible for old dogs to learn new tricks, I hope, I hope?  I have always enjoyed Mary Ann’s style of teaching.  She makes sketching fun.  Just “keep on going” if you make a mistake, she says.

I made a sketchbook using the covers of a composition book.  I wanted something small that wouldn’t have lots of pages.  The book has about 20 pages counting all the flap pages as a page.  I stitched the signature to the cover using a running stitch.  Here is the front cover.  It’s not a watercolor…it’s a page from a magazine that I painted over with gesso and acrylic paints.

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This is the back cover… bright watercolors:

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This is the first page in my sketchbook:

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Page two is a flap page.  I sketched this face from a Dover book:

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Here are some small sketches in another sketchbook.  It doesn’t take watercolors very well:

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(click on the small photos for a closer look)

…until next time

its been awhile…

 

“Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil” ~Bernard Baruch

I have no excuses, just haven’t been particularly creative lately.  I am looking forward to a new class with Mary Ann Moss that begins next Tuesday.  She is closing this session after July 4.  She will offer it again next fall.  Go here to read more about it.

I did manage to complete three sets of 4x4s.  I wanted to do something different.  This first set is doodling with a Sharpie markers, both fine and ultra fine.  Here’s what it looked like before cutting into four sections:

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This set numbers 81-84:

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This blue and red set numbers 85-88.  I used inks, acrylic paints, graphite, and lots of gel medium.

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This last set is collage, charcoal, oil pastels and acrylic paints.  I used Mi-Teintes Pastel paper by Canson.  This paper is the darkest shade in the pad…a dark gray.

This set numbers 89-92:

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Have a great rest of the week…until next time…

grace to evolve…

 

“We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve.”  ~T.D. Jakes

Sometimes, we don’t give ourselves the grace to evolve.  Most of us, if we are honest with ourselves,  can usually see what someone else is doing “wrong.” So, most of the time, the above quote is right on!

I finally had some time to work on some 4×4’s last week.  I made it to 80 and I hope to be at 100 by the end of this month.   I need to step up my game because the end of this month will be halfway.  My goal is to complete a series of 2oo 4 x 4 tiny pieces of art by the end of this year.  There’s no way that I can do  ICAD this time.  I hope that project is going well…I did enjoy doing it last year. See my last post if you are interested in doing the index card a day art project.

This first set of 4×4’s number 73-76.  I used water-based markers, watercolors and some acrylic paints.

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The next set in the series are numbers 77-80.  I was experimenting with all kinds of red and pink markers and pens.  The last one has some acrylic paint on it.  I used black pen work on all but the second one(number 78).

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looking in my sketchbook and a new book I purchased two weeks ago….

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I haven’t taken the time to fully explore this book.  Her project using a photo and translating it to a stitched portrait looks interesting.  Check the reviews on Amazon before deciding if this book is for you.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  My last words are…enough rain…for now :)

misc. bits…

 “It is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~

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Here we are in the downhill slide for the merry month of May.  Upcoming in the near future are the following:

I’m noticing that Mary Ann Moss is gearing up for another online class.  This time,  the class will be about sketching.  I have always enjoyed her classes.

Traci Bautista has a new book coming out and a new online class about printmaking.

Tammy over at Daisy Yellow is hosting the Index Card a Day project starting the first day of June.

Me, I continue to do my own little projects.  I think I will participate in ICAD again this year.  I really enjoyed it last year.  But,  I’m not buying those flimsy index cards again this year.  I have already cut out 3×5 cards out of cereal and cracker boxes.  I know the idea is to use index cards but I think my “cards” will be much sturdier.  Plus, I like recycling my cereal boxes.

A few posts back I mentioned Tina Berning’s book,   100 Girls on Cheap Paper.  Here’s a few I painted on cheap paper with a brush (mostly) using sumi ink and some watercolors:

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This one is pen and watercolors:

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Here are three small collages I made in the little journal I’m recycling from a junk mail booklet:

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I hope you have a great rest of the week!!!

time grabs you…

 

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.  Time grabs you by the wrist,  directs you where to go, so make the best of it and don’t ask why.  It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time.  It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right.  I hope you had the time of your life.”  ~lyrics from Time of your Life by Green Day

Time is grabbing me…I had another birthday this week. :)

It’s been awhile since the last post.  I finished the cover of the Teesha Moore inspired journal last week.  Scroll down to my March 13 post of this year to see how it looked before I finished it.

Here it is now:

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I have started another 16 page journal…this is a page I have started:

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Sketchbook scribbles with Pentel Pocket brush pen:

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ball point pen:

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Here’s another set in my 4×4 series.  These number 60-72:

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I’m doing…

“Every thought is a dream,  rushing by in a stream,  bringing LIFE to the kingdom of DOING”  ~lyrics from the song, Fantasy, by Earth Wind and Fire

…I’m doing….I have been doing…..just not very fast.  I joined Curves earlier this month and try and work out about four times each week.  I know I can stand to lose a few pounds but my main goal for joining is to stay flexible and keep a balance between muscle and body fat.  As one gets older, that’s important, I think.

I’m recycling an advertising booklet I got in the mail. It’s working great as a small art journal.  I painted some of the pages with gesso or acrylic paint.  Each page measures 9×6 inches.  This first page started with black paint.  I glued some college pieces from an old book.  I had drawn a face with a brush and Sumi Ink on some drawing paper.  I cut that out and glued it down on the page and altered it with Caran d’Ache crayons.  The found poetry reads:  So it was, we mastered our fears, looking back now, it was a dream.  It goes with the song quote above…I didn’t plan that :)

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This page is mainly collage.  I used a large piece of painted phone book and some other collage bits.  I had a piece of Joss paper and included that:

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I’m two weeks behind with 4x4s.  But not so far behind I can’t catch up soon. These 4×4’s have stamping, metallic crayon, paint, ink, markers and collage papers.  These number 65-68 in my series of 200:

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It’s a stormy afternoon here and we are under a tornado watch.  I’m going to get off the computer and see how’s it’s looking out there now.

Have a good week!!!!

journal pages plus 4×4’s…

 

“When I realize that God makes his gifts fit each person, there’s no way I can covet what you got because it just wouldn’t fit me.”  ~William P. Smith, Loving Well

I finished the 16-page journal I’ve been working in this week.  I need to do additional work on the front cover…I’ll post that when I finish that.

This page started with the big bird at the top.  This is a bird from the index card a day challenge I did last year.  I enlarged it and printed it off on my printer and glued it on the journal page.  I did some additional doodles around it and then completed the page.  The small flap over to the right is the fold over flap from the back page.

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and here is the back side of the flap:

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This page is my least favorite page in the journal.  In fact, I didn’t really finish it and I don’t know that I will:

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We are going here to eat tonight.  If you are within driving distance of northern Arkansas…give it a try.  The restaurant is excellent….best steaks ever! And, I don’t usually order steak.  They also have a bed and breakfast,  and I understand it’s a get place to get away,  or whatever.  Biggers Bed and Breakfast and The Bluff Steak House

I almost forgot to post this week’s 4x4s. It was a bad choice to photograph these on that sketch pad. :(  These number 61-64:

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