“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou~
We have been snowed in since last Friday. It’s been very cold for Arkansas but I heard the temperatures will be on an upward trend by the middle of the week.
This piece is watercolor background on watercolor paper. I let it dry completely and did some pen work on it. I started to use Caran d’Ache crayons to highlight some areas but the pen and crayons didn’t mix very well. I had fun making circles
to see more details, click on the photo to enlarge it…
Some sketchbook bits:
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~William Blake~
A quick post this morning…it’s been a busy week. I did have some time to sketch. One night, I had a sleepless night and sketched and sketched
This first one is another page that started with magazine collage:
This next spread is a graphite sketch on the left, and a left hand drawing with my uni-ball Vision pen on the right:
Another quick sketch with a ball point pen…her eyes are kind of wonky
…playing in my big sketchbook with some patterns…
“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.” ~Norman Vincent Peale~
I have a painting started but I haven’t worked on it lately. I’m fighting a sinus infection and haven’t felt up to par this past week. It’s been cold and damp in my little basement art room…so, I’ve been relying more and more on my sketchbooks for art. I can grab a pencil, pen, or marker and work while trying to stay toasty and warm. I’m fortunate that I don’t live in a really cold part of the country. The winter seems colder to me this year, or maybe, it’s bothering me more this year.
I used a Pilot permanent pen and a Blick Studio marker (basic gray 2) on this face. I think I drew it first with the pen and added the shadows of gray later.
This doodle piece was done with the same marker as above but this time I used a black ball point pen.
I did this last night. I tore out some interesting pieces from a magazine. I really had no set plan when I started.
Here are some little bits of some pages in my little sketchbook:
“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”
This was previously a background page in my altered book/ art journal that I couldn’t decide what to do next. I started doodling on the page. I knew that if I didn’t like it I could always gesso or paint over it and begin again. I used a black ball point pen and a Blick Studio marker (Basic Gray 2) for shadows.
The next four photos are from my little sketchbook:
The first one is a doodle collage. I divided the page into six smaller boxes and started filling in the boxes with drawings and collage bits from fashion magazines:
This is a doodle drawing with a Sharpie fine point marker:
The last two photos are just little snippets of experiments…magazine bits and my mechanical graphite pencil:
“Yet even beyond the fartherest star God knows the way”
-from the Little Golden Book about God
I used this quote on a journal spread I did for Andria‘s journal. We exchanged journals (from the round robin group) again because we discovered we had gotten each other’s journals once instead of twice. I have already gotten my journal back from her. I finished her last spread yesterday. This spread has about four layers ….it wasn’t coming together for me. I finally got fearless and started spreading paint and gluing down magazine collage pieces. I wish I hadn’t put the doodles on it….too late now. Here it is:
This next spread features a stencil by Christy Tomlinson and some of my mark making. I didn’t write the quote correctly…I hate it when that happens
Here are some snippets from my sketchbook:
My hubby loved the comments about the frame he painted (see previous post). Art is our main job now that we have retired :) We don’t sell any of our work, it’s mainly for our own enjoyment. I have an Etsy shop but haven’t put any items in it (yet). Have an art-filled week!
One thing that most of you do not know is that my DH is an artist. I’m trying to talk him into doing his own blog. We are redoing a half bath in our house. The new color is a lavender gray color. There was an ugly wooden framed mirror hanging on the wall. I like to recycle what we have, so, I asked him to do his magic on the frame. He likes to do lots of geometric shapes in his work….here’s the frame after he finished with it…I waiting for it to completely dry before putting the mirror back into the frame. I really like how it turned out:
Here are three sketches with my Progresso woodless graphite pencil:
I think these were a combination of mechanical and woodless graphite:
I put some color on this sketch:
That’s all for now…Have a creative rest of the week!!!
Have you seen the television commercial about making a card from a Cheerios box? I’ve only seen it once. They cut out the word “cheer” from the word Cheerios and sent someone a cheer-ful card. I loved the idea. I made a hello card for our granddaughter and a birthday card for our grandson using the word “smile”, also, on the Cheerios box. I cut out standard postcards, size (4″x6″) from the box. I had to glue the word cheer on another piece of the cereal box to make that card standard size. I wrote with a Sharpie marker after trying a pen. Here’s how they turned out:
Here’s a random sketch drawn a mechanical pencil using my non-dom hand:
I do these type of doodles while watching TV at night…here are two I drew this week:
I noticed that Amazon has a newer version of their Kindle. I have the HD version of Kindle Fire and I love it! The new one is the Kindle HDX. I almost went with an Ipad instead of Kindle Fire but I really like Amazon and what they offer for a lot less money. If you have a Kindle and want to get emails telling about free books…check out this web address:
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I started this spread by using my big piece of graphite….thinking if I didn’t like what I drew on the pages, I could very easily paint over it. After I had sketched in the faces and letters, I got out my black FW acrylic ink and drew over the graphite using the dropper in the bottle as my drawing instrument. The page was prepped with white acrylic paint. I usually never do that and I also debated on whether to use acrylic paints on the face and background for color, but I decided to leave it. I did use markers, pens, and some ink on the background. I was flipping through a magazine and saw the words, “make a difference” and that became my theme.
….more pages from the old book, this one with my nondominant hand:
On this spread, I used some items I would ordinarily throw away. There’s a piece of a cookie bag, lottery tickets, tea packet, and other items that usually end up in the trash. The parrot is original from the book I am using. I used acrylic paint and graphite in the background. Plus, some red and black masking tape and little piece of duct tape. If you like lots of dark graphite, I recommend the Cretacolor stick of graphite (8B)…it’s a little over a half-inch in diameter and makes dark lush lines.
I found out since my last post that I was “Freshly Pressed” by WordPress. They had sent an email telling me all about it but it got lost amongst other emails and I didn’t see it until four days after the fact. They did feature my blog on the main page over at Word Press. I had no idea :) It explained the sudden flurry of activity on my blog.
I’m taking a sketching class. I am having fun doing my own thing, knowing, that I will never be very proficient at sketching.
I am noticing some things about art blogs…things tend to run in cycles…at least, since I have been aware of art blogs and started following some about six years ago. First, it was keeping an art journal….then watercolors, and now it seems that many are sketching in their journals. I forgot about carving stamps, making stencils, and lettering. I like all those and have dabbled in several of them. I like working in a visual journal and try many of the new things that come along. I have discovered that I have a “hangup” about doing my art on canvas. I have started working on canvas a few times but never seem to complete one. I’m trying to figure out why I may be doing that. Maybe, it’s because I am content doing what I am currently doing….just dabbling.
Anyway…here is an attempt at sketching some birds (one looks more like a chicken) from photos taken in my backyard. The figure is an attempt at a self portrait…maybe a younger version of myself :) I incorporated some bird photos I printed out on my printer. I used some Tombow markers and lots of graphite and various other pens and inks.
Here are two more pages from my old book:
I would like to mention a wonderful book I just finished listening to on my Kindle. It was free on audible books dot com. I downloaded the APP on the Kindle. The book is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. It’s fiction, although, the title might lead one to think otherwise. Portions of the book are poignant and sad but it does have a great resolution at the end.