As some of you may have read, I signed up for Mermaid Circus with Jane Davenport & Teesha Moore. I wanted something different, fun... something to push my boudaries a bit! I think I found it, because... yes, I am out of my element. I am working on the collage of my first mermaid (in a mermaid shaped book we made) and I am realizing how hard collage is for me? I keep wanting to make it to "right" instead of going beyond the obvious and not worrying about proportions so much and so on. SO, I keep returning to my sketchbook because I am having so much fun drawing sea life, mermaid tails, fins and of course scales!!! So I probably should focus more on the assignment at hand but I am happy to be drawing things that I probably wouldn't be otherwise.
Figure drawing wasn't my thing. I had never done figure drawing until I reached college and although I knew I needed it, it was very hard for me. I loved color, abstraction, expressive drawing, doodling and so on... But, I managed and I made it through all sections of life drawing. As I've been cleaning up and getting organized over here I took a look through the hundreds of drawings I have and I couldn't help but get caught up in looking back at the early figurative work. It's interesting to see how I stuggled with the figure, with the face and the hands & feet. To look at all those eraser marks and the attempts to "get it right" or at least make it "better". Eventually it seemed to soften for me, I can see how I started to understand proportion, to see the face more clearly, I started getting the structure of the nose and the eyes.
I am a HUGE believer in learning to draw. I think anyone can learn but it takes good old fashion practice and discipline. I don't come from a family of artists or creatives. I haven't been drawing from the time I could walk. I often found myself envious of those who did. I wished I'd had creatives all around and that someone had encourgaed me more when I was young, but how would they know? I worked hard once I decided I wanted to study Art, my portfolio is a reminder of that work! A gentle push to keep going, that it can and will get easier. That eventually you will see improvement and you will start to do work you are proud of. You have to know the basics, the "rules" before you can bend and twist and break them! This can only make your work better, I promise!
I love doors! When I was cleaning out and moving into my studio I found all sorts of cool things! I found a lot of books that I'd forgotten about. When I used to work for a Production Designer I was always interested in his collection of books. He had tons, both at home and at work. I ordered many of the same books he had and I also received many books as gifts over the years. One of the books is called Doors of the World (I have Windows of the World too ;) The Designer introduced me to books like these and I did all sorts of research and had to find materials on surfaces, design, pattern, even hardware. Looking through this book again made me remember how fabulous and inspiring something so simple can be. The colors are amazing and how I love a nice peeling painted wall. I wish I could photograph more front doors, the diversity in something so simple is so cool. However, I don't think people appreciate it when you start photographing their homes and zooming in on their front doors!
Feathers seem to be popping up everywhere, in drawings, in paintings, on clothing and accessories... Because I've been loving a lot of what I've been seeing I decided to give feathers a try. Here's a look inside my sketchbook at a few of my first attempts. These are feathers that I found in my own backyard and although they're not the most fabulous or colorful feathers they were perfect for practice. I remembered a necklace I have that's a fabulous feather shape so I threw that in too!
I have finally decided to build a studio separate from our house! Yipee! I told my Husband yesterday and I have been putting the money aside week by week. We are not sure if the structure will start to go up while I'm working in Georgia or if we will start building when I return in October. So, in the meantime I have been daydreaming nonstop about what it will look like. I've been doing silly little sketches and doodles; today I decided to take out the crayons and do a more childlike drawing (in color) of my little structure. I have no idea what it will actually look like but I know how I'd like the inside of the room to be AND I KNOW IT WILL HAVE A RED DOOR (just like our house)!
About two weeks ago I visited the Fernbank Natural History Museum here in Georgia. There is an exhibit there called World of Shells. While the musem wasn't one of my favorite stops so far, I did love the shells. I took a bunch of photos to use for inspiration and for drawing practice. I would have loved to have shared the photos here too, however, because the shells are in cases the photos are not exactly fabulous but good enough to use for reference. Here's a peek!
starting with very light pencil sketches
painted the shells, also with watercolor
finally, added a few notes about the day
Getting back into the groove and so happy to be back drawing and sketching this weekend! I've had a lot of personal things going on and now that I will be heading to Georgia I've begun that little task called Spring cleaning! I am getting things done and getting organized and though that feels great I have missed my Art! These simple sketches were just what I needed, flowers ALWAYS inspire me, I love them! These are done with watercolor, pen, and a little colored pencil & pastel.
New Works on Paper! These babies are 22x30 and originals and prints are now available in my Etsy Shop! I have been updating Etsy and getting my shop up to date all day and it is finally ready! I guess you could say I've been on an "Etsy binge," only I wasn't buying I was working! Anyway - please check it out (there's a link in my sidebar). I have new originals, prints, fun zipper pouches and new scrappy key leashes. Hooray!
So, after Tuesday's post, I decided to challenge myself. I chose a color (yellow, obviously ;) and then I set out on foot around my neighborhood to look for, photograph and be inspired by that color. The amazing thing is how many other colors, along with yellow I found and wanted to photograph and sketch...etc. But, I stuck with my task at hand and this is the result. It was a great way to practice taking photos, limit myself and stay focused. When I got back home I had no idea the amount of photos I had taken, It was hard to pick and choose what to use and what I wanted to draw!
Seek what Inspires you - even in your own backyard!