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What do we do when it’s to hot to do anything?

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Now as the summer heats up, and we all get just a little at the end of our rope, this is the time to sit in front of a fan and  sketch.  As  I’ve told everyone many times, I’m a “Goldie Locks Girl!”  I like it just right….not too hot, not too cold.  Needless to say, this is not my favorite time of year.  It is way too hot for me to function, and if I do go out of the house for any reason, it has to be early, late,  or I’m out.

What do we do?

This is what I do… I will sketch, draw on rocks, cut images out and glue them on paper, sometimes I look for ideas on Pintrist.    Sometimes I’ll take a picture out of the paper or a magazine, and just draw it.  This gives me an idea of how to shade a subject or the perspective of a subject next to something else.

That’s cheating!

In my eyes, that’s just practicing.   Art students copy the masters all the time enabling them to study a particular artist, a method, or just perfecting their skills.  I’m working all the time on simply getting better at what I do.  If I’m not trying to sell these little sketches, how can it hurt anyone.  On the other hand, I think it’s very difficult for me  to copy a piece of art.  I can’t help changing things, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.  I always have to put “me” into what I do.  So, no I don’t think I’m copying anyone.

Inspiration comes from everywhere!

Often I say that I’m inspired by many things.  It could be nature, or someone elses style, or color palate.  I love color, and I’m always seeing something new, and creative in my world.  Isn’t that why we take classes from an artist we admire?  I frequently sign up for an online class in hopes of learning a new technique.  The classes are usually Pen & Ink, or Sketching on the Move (that one I’m still working on).  But I believe everything we do, think, and experience makes us, and our art more interesting.

I thought this little video would be of some help in getting everyone going, because I think it never hurts to get another kick start, or see something from another artists eye.  Coffee shops are a great place to find new material.

Thank you for following me, and checking in to see what’s happening. Each of you provide me with a wealth of inspiration, and add to my creativity.  I hope I can do the same for you.

See you soon….

Rabbit Skins???

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Fortunately we don’t have to boil “rabbit skins” any longer to be able to have Gesso. However this artist brings up a couple of points that are worth listening to.  For me, this looks like a lot of work, however it depends on the type of art you are painting, and how particular you need to be.

Take a peek, see what she has to say, and maybe she will speak to you, it can’t hurt!

Happy Gessoing!

 

The Shadow Knows!

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Like many other artists, inspiration pops up in the strangest places….  This is one of those times even a simple photo can inspire us.

I’m a terrible quick sketcher!  So I take pictures, and then I sketch them imperfectly.  Go figure!!!  

Personally, I think perfection is for cameras, and since I’m not  a perfectionist any longer, I embrace imperfection.  To be honest, my hand shakes, and perfection is no longer an option.  I laugh and make fun of myself because I’ve learned to laugh at myself…..a healthy way to look at life.

So I thought a shadow might inspire someone else.   Enjoy!

Things I’d Forgotten

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Over the years, as I’ve changed my medium, my style, tried & experimented I’ve realized that my drawing skills have fallen behind, and I’ve always loved drawing. So recently it’s been my decision to start sketching again, & I’m loving it.
Sketching is something I can do that’s fun & not so serious, not that anything I do is intended or serious!

The Ghosts of Egon Schiele

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The Ghosts of Egon Schiele

I recently took an abstract class at the Oceanside Museum of Art.  Since it’s been years since I’ve taken an art class of any kind, I was attracted to this particular class because I’m always looking for more incite into a form of art I really enjoy, but still have trouble understanding occasionally. Abstract

Please don’t ask where the idea came from for this piece, I don’t think I even know.  I remember walking into class with several printed copies of ideas I could work with.  But, that was all incase the instructor asked us to do the exercises I was prepared for.  (Wishful thinking)

I always like the idea of stacking things together.  Like coffee cups, bowls, bottles etc.  In my mind was an idea simmering  of what I might paint based on the guide lines we were given.  Other than that, we were all using student grade paints…I guess that’s ok, we were the students.  Brushes had been trashed, so I had a few of my own, but I swear that’s all I brought with me!

Before I knew it I had my sketch roughed in, and was planning to do something I’ve never thought of doing before.  Putting the heads of one of my favorite artists…..”Egon Schiele,”  on the bottles.  I soon realized there are many self-portraits done by that artist, and have many examples to choose from.

Even the simplest of pieces can cause a bundle of pain.  Even when you are committed to being abstract, and loose,  it’s painful to paint.  It’s painful because even the smallest of creations is something I pour heart and soul into,  getting it just right. Even though “Just Right” is subjective,  my just right is the one I’m concerned about.  It can’t look like I’ve worked too hard, or cared too little.  Even if I do work hard, and care very much.  After all, each creation no matter how small, is our own creation, and we love and care for them all the same.