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.
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!
Down here in Southern California (last week) we actually had a week of grey, rainy and very damp weather! So, these little guys are sprouting up everywhere and I have become a little obsessed with them! It's funny there are almost little trails of mushrooms, little families of them, double mushrooms (like twins)..... some are so tiny and some are huge! So after investigating them and taking some photos I remembered reading somewhere years ago, an article about printing with mushrooms! I took some different sizes and set them aside to dry out a little, then, the fun began! Here's a peek at my last few days of playing with mushrooms!
I used one of the little guys for a cute border in my sketchbook.
I also used the mushroom prints as a starting point to practice some doodling!
I remembered I had a Birthday gift to wrap so I took out my brown paper (that I've been using to make Christmas wrap) and printed on that!
I added some glitter to a few of the blooms towards the middle of the paper.
...and Voila! tied it with some twine and made a really unique looking gift!
Last weekend we finally made it to Savannah Georgia, and I loved it! It was just as I had pictured and as I hoped it would be. So much history there, the town squares, the lovely old homes, cobblestone streets and of course the Spanish Moss. We hopped on a tour as soon as we arrived which is a fabulous way to see the city. We jumped off on River Street to have lunch and do some shopping. And here is where it gets interesting! I maybe stumbled across one of the most fabulous stores ever! The Paris Market! Thank you Mr. Tour Driver for pointing out this magical place. I could have wondered around in there for hours, looking, touching, photographing (which probably isn't allowed), buying....making sure to hit every inch of this place! For those of you that saw the photo I posted of my little hot air balloon (which now hangs above my bed) this is where I purchased it. I am so in love and inspired by that little balloon I can't even tell you!
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
I started with a photo from the Botanical Gardens here in Georgia. I just wanted a simple shape that I could create a new doodle from. Then I played with it and sketched on scrap paper with my trusty pencil. Next, each evening, especially when I couldn't sleep, I would draw a few flowers with my little sharpie until I got a page that I was happy with. I decided to leave some white areas on the page for journaling. Last, I made the decision to add color, with copic markers. Although I love black and white for doodles I really like the way the color looks.