Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Zen and Art

I’m reading the “Zen of Seeing” by Frederick Franck.  Very interesting;however, slow going.  It is handwritten and his handwriting isn’t all that easy to read.  His concept is a good one… go slow, concentrate and really see what you are drawing.
It’s rather like art as prayer in that one gets lost in the process.  I’ve always felt that way; however, I don’t always work slowly and really look so I decided to give it a try.  That’s what my dailies have been this week and so far I’m liking them. 
The berries above were the first ones I concentrated on.  Day 2  and 3 -- just ink, no color, from a juniper bush.  The big one the first day, the smaller piece the 2nd day.

Today my Tuesday Group painted at the library and I did a couple branches from a bush that was just out the front window. 

This is so totally different than my usual practice which is a quick sketch, usually in pencil, then ink and color.  These are done with ink, no pencil first, then If I’m adding color it’s last.  The first one, day 1, I used my Inktense pencils for the color.  Today I used my watercolors.  I like the result so I think I’ll keep going.

Friday, January 8, 2016

My Word for 2016 -- Sketch


I started the year with a word instead of a resolution.  My word is SKETCH.  I do it a lot but this past year it hasn’t been daily.  I need to get back to that and so far I’m doing fine. 

BUT… it’s only week 1.  However, I am thinking positive.  I will keep up with it no matter what.  In fact the page above is an example of commitment.  It was bedtime and all I had done was a few quick pen sketches while we waited for our dinner at a favorite restaurant.  You’ll see those later in this post.  I did the top sketches before bed.

And this is what I did while we waited for dinner last evening….

Each of these is in a different sketchbook.  I know I’m going to want to do a bit of painting/sketching when we go on our next trip; more than just a few sketches in the one journal I take along when we go anywhere. 

So I’m trying a few out to see which works best for me.  The one that I did all of the little ones in has been eliminated.  It’s great for watercolor but not good for pen.  Since most of my sketches are pen and ink with watercolor and I frequently do a bit of journaling along with it the paper has to take both.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Quick Sketch today

Just a quick sketch today.  I've been in the studio working on a couple mixed media pieces.  May do another sketch tonight as I have an idea for another mixed media piece.

Friday, January 1, 2016

First Sketch of 2016 & The Last Sketch of 2015

And the last sketch of 2015

First the last one…. I sketched a pinecone, then carved it into a stamp thinking I could use it to make every card original.  Well, it would be Easter before I got them done so that probably won’t happen this season.  Maybe if I start early enough next Christmas it can work.

So on to 2016 and I have a new sketchbook to try.  It’s a Pentalic Field Book, 7 x 10 inch with 140 lb watercolor paper.  This is from a photo over at the wetcanvas weekend drawing event.  This year I want to work on more intense color in my sketches and work on sketching faster. 

To do that I need to work on a sketch every day – maybe two or three.  Currently I work on something everyday but it could be stitching, jewelry, printmaking, painting… who knows.  But drawing is important and I need to practice daily, no matter what else I’m working on.

Another goal for 2016, get back to taking a walk everyday.  I used to do it early in the morning.  I need to get into a new habit of doing it mid day and taking along my sketchbook.  Thinking positive…. I am going to do it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Getting Ready for Painter/Photographer Exhibit

I worked out drawings a few weeks ago.  This week I finally started to work on the paintings.  The drawings were transferred to the watercolor paper and a wash of color was poured over both pieces that I’m thinking of entering.  These are the two drawings….

day 12 more buoystwo in the harbor

I did the transfer drawing so light that after the first pour I couldn’t see it anymore so I spent the morning untangling those buoy lines.  I was finally able to put the first mask on this afternoon.  Now to dry and do another pouting of paint.

bunch of buoys wip

Same problem with the second one, tomorrow I will have to find all of those buildings again. 

2 in the harbor wip

There is a fine line between having the drawing too dark causing the graphite to mix with the paint making a mess and have the drawing so light that it gets lost when paint is applied.  Time to get back in the groove of doing this type of painting because I do love watching the colors mingle.

Friday, October 16, 2015

More of the Challenge & Some Therapy

I was behind but caught up with my dailies… Here are a few more of them….

day 6 house day 7 sage

day 8 a door day 10 gargoyle

day 11 angelday 12 more buoys

day 13 millpointe park wde boat

adventist church door

The color one was done with pen, ink and watercolor. 

And the therapy… I spent yesterday afternoon making acrylic skins… only because I love watching the colors mingle.  Here are two that are simply black and white, one with a bit of gold.

skin, b and w  skin, blk and white only

I will probably use these for collage, then again, maybe not.  We shall see

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Challenge and more on Etsy

day 5 pumpkin

I’m a day behind on the pen and ink challenge but I plan to catch up tomorrow.  Today has been a play date with my grandson.

I’ve also posted more of my daily sketches on my Etsy site.  This is one of them,,,

door in provance

More of the pen and ink coming when I catch up…