I'm swamped. It's interesting to upload a week at a time and see what I was thinking each day. I remember being moodier than what this shows. It's a good sign!
I got so inspired by this little green bouquet that I picked up at Whole Foods the other day, It completely came together in this little vintage vase I have. The grid on the black one came about because there was an imprint on the paper from the day before when I scratched into the paint. So I just built it up from there.
I was looking through the Audubon bird book. These really reflect my mood.. The day I painted the little grey guy I was feeling very out of it. He looked all scrunchy and concerned, perfect fit.
The pink one is inspired by lace and the greens are algae.
The flower vase is a combo of gouache and oil pastel, I like the markings on this duck.
This week I was away in Florida helping out my Mom who had a small eye surgery. She has lots of art supplies so I basically just brought a few pens with me and decided I would work with whatever I could find in her closet. I used pastels, oil pastels, poster paint, pens.. It was a challenge and lots of fun to explore what I could do with them. I felt for the soft pastels I would prefer a much bigger piece of paper, otherwise Im going to continue with some of these now that I'm home.
Plants and birds I saw on my walk to the beach as a pattern. The guy is back to my people reference from the NY armory show.
This lady was a hostess at a restaurant we went to. She was weighed down with so much jewelry... She was pretty awesome! The birds are from my walk.
I did the pattern on the plane, some kids in the seat next t me were very fascinated. The portrait is my Mom after her surgery, She only had to wear the eye patch for a day.
I was away from home alot this week. I've discovered that if I paint a background and bring some pens I can create these fun patterns. I just put on the timer, start at the bottom of the paper and work my up.. Im using uniball Signo pen white and gold, on black paint. The best surface is acrylagouache because its so smooth and easy to draw on. For #makeartthatsells class we got an exercise to play with neutrals. I combined my tasks and used neutrals for 2 days. Its a nice alternative to brighter colors sometimes. I like muddyish colors, they are very soothing.
Flowers and people. Seems to be the theme for me for this sketchbook. That's me in the olive green down jacket on a very cold day, in the house. The other people were from a day of art and people watching at the Armory show in NYC last weekend. All flowers are from my imagination,
I look outside and still see tons of snow. I'm so done. I'm thinking of warm weather and flowers.
This guy was sitting in front of me at a performance the other night. He had a perfect shaped head.
I finished 2 months of my sketchbook project today! It's been mainly a great experience so far, I wanted to get up and do this everyday. The downside is that even though it's only 30 minutes a day, it feels like much more. I spend some time thinking about what I am going to paint each day which can be overwhelming . But I've learned that I can always get something down, no matter how I feel. I've had days when I wish I was doing all this work on nice paper and not the sketchbook so I would be building up a nice group of finished work. But that would defeat the purpose of making these less precious. 10 more months to go.
I was shopping at Trader Joe's and this woman caught my eye and the next day I painted one of my groceries. I'm surprising myself as to what I can accomplish in 30 minutes these days. Even though it's just 1/2 hour a day, this project feels big and seems to take up alot more time than it does. Could be that I am thinking about it alot.
My husband and I were out for dinner with friends. I hadn't done my drawing yet so I just drew them all sitting around the table.
I did these with pen on a painted ground. Black, white and gold gel pens. I started at the bottom and just worked my way up. I keep the timer on and at 30 minutes I stop wherever I am. I have a good sense of what I can get done though so I usually finish.
This winter has been ridiculous, cold and snowy every day. It seems that its the only topic of conversation. I really am looking forward to spring.
For some reason I dreamed about my childhood parakeet and canary. They were named Susie (yellow) and Clancy (green) They lived for a long time about 8 years.
The day I painted the blue paint tube was a big snowstorm.. I was feeling so much blue and white that day. Just had to go for those colors. And then it was valentines day. Sending Love!
Some friends my my bookclub the other night and some random dried flowers from my garden last summer.
Here I am. I found the close up portrait caused me a bit of stress, that's why it looks so serious! I'll need to revisit this and have more fun with it.