I used a Uni-ball Vision pen for this drawing. No sketching with pencil first, just going for it. I see lots of mistakes…like I said on day 1, this is for fun… and learning…no stress. I was looking at a fashion magazine page while drawing this one.
As I mentioned yesterday, that face was inspired by Ruben Toledo. He and his wife Isabel have contributed a lot to the fashion world. I am not really into “fashion” too much, never have been. However, I am enamored by what they do, and have accomplished as artists. Here are a few photos from Ruben’s book, Style Dictionary:
My art work has been sporadic lately…I’m kind of starting to get back into it more lately. We have taken to sitting on our deck in the back yard very late in the evenings…watching the birds, listening to tree frogs, and looking at the sky. You would be surprised at what one can see in your own backyard. We have both noticed a face in a certain tree out there and last night I grabbed my sketchbook and tried to draw some funny tree faces:
And we laughed a lot over this one:
We’ve been seeing a big moon the last few nights. I had noticed on our calendar that shows a full moon for tonight. It will be a blue moon. I always thought a blue moon is the second full moon that occurs during the same month. This article explains that there is also another definition for blue moon. Here is a great article about it: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/blue-moon.html
Some more pages from my sketchbook:
These are from the duct tape journal I made earlier this month:
I had been obsessing over finding the perfect old book to turn into an art journal…or in my case “visual” journal since I do very little journaling in my journals. I found a book last week with a sewn binding (and the price was right ($2.00) at one of our local flea markets. I will try and finish the duct tape journal before starting a new one….or maybe not. Jane Davenport puts her own watercolor paper along with some of the book pages in her handmade journals. This is an excellent video showing how she does that:
We have been purging our house of unwanted and unneeded items. We have taken one big load to Good Will and plan to take another one really soon. I have become an art supply junkie…buying lots of art supplies because I thought I needed them to become a better artist and also because “art instructor” in my latest online class said I needed a certain product to get a specific result. Not that I’m blaming anyone…I didn’t have to do that, did I?
Anyway, while going through my art “stuff,” I found an altered book that started in 2009. I decided to work on some more pages in it. I took an altered book class offered then by Patty at Tuscan Rose(River Bend Ranch). She has changed her art direction and is now making some beautiful art quilts. I found the post that shows a page from my altered book. Here are some pages I did last week:
…I planned to draw this book cover from an old Jack and Jill magazine but gave up part way:
“The expression “Have a good day” was born the week our oil supply was depleted, water became scarce, telephone rates went up, gasoline was in short supply, and meat, coffee, and sugar prices soared. It was as if the warranty on the country had just expired.” ~Erma Bombeck~1970’s
I’m having a good day…it’s the first day back on God’s time 🙂
I made a new journal last week…I sewed the signatures together on the sewing machine and used duct tape to put the signatures together. Then, I found the middle of the journal and sewed that to the cover using a simple pamphlet stitch. I will be using this method again. I wanted to practice using a composition book for the cover. The next one I make, I think I’ll try using an old book for the cover.
I mostly used painted papers on the cover:
Here’s the introductory page…watercolor and collage:
I spilled some ivory paint the other day…so, I quickly swirled it on some magazine pages. After the paint dried…I went over some of the paint with pan pastels. I like the effect that I discovered accidentally:
I painted these 4×4’s last week. They number 149-152:
I made this set of 4×4’s today. They number 153-156:
Last week we went for a drive to look at the fall color. We made a little circle and came back home. When we drove in our driveway, I told my hubby: I think the prettiest leaves are right here in our own yard. Here’s a photo of the Hickory Tree in our backyard. After a rain, the leaves look neon yellow:
Across the front yard looking down the street:
Everyone have a great week and be creative in all you do!
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton
I have a few things to share. Sketchbookery class has ended but I’m still drawing and painting. I am using student grade watercolors until I see if my interest in this medium will last beyond a few months. I also have a Prang’s set of cheapie watercolors that work very well for beginners(me).
Here’s a chart of my Pelikan Paints. I assigned names for the colors:
Charts of my other paints:
Here’s a spread in my handmade booklet I mentioned in a previous post:
Last week my mother had a procedure at the hospital. I took some photos of people waiting and waiting out in the wait area. I drew these with a brush and burnt umber(Van Gogh student paint ):
This next effort is from two different photos taken of my two sisters waiting with me. Sisters, if you are reading this, I know it doesn’t look like you….you two are much prettier and more attractive than this. Also, I know I need some anatomy drawing lessons 🙂
I drew this next one with a Bic grip ballpoint pen. I was looking at a black and white drawing in Women, a pictorial archive from nineteenth-century sources by Dover Books. I had a second try at drawing the hands. It’s still not correct but I liked it when I finished painting it.
And, here’s Happy from my Happy Meal bag. I know he’s supposed to have legs. The Happy I was looking at didn’t have legs and I didn’t notice until I finished him:
I’m so far behind on my 4×4 series. I will have to catch up, somehow.
“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.
This is the back cover… bright watercolors:
This is the first page in my sketchbook:
Page two is a flap page. I sketched this face from a Dover book:
Here are some small sketches in another sketchbook. It doesn’t take watercolors very well:
“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:
I have started another 16 page journal…this is a page I have started:
Sketchbook scribbles with Pentel Pocket brush pen:
ball point pen:
Here’s another set in my 4×4 series. These number 60-72:
“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 🙂
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:
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:
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.