Saturday, January 31, 2015

Daily Journal

Working on final exams and course prep. Not much time, a few minutes here and there for my small journal. A ruined gate that I see on my trip to work (in red) and the view from my classroom.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bootkamp, 5

When in doubt, do a lot...more continuous line selfies.
Five different people, each one with a bit of me. 
Maybe the red/purple one is closest. Fun and fast, all the same.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bootkamp, 4

Painful homework at the Sketchbook Skool Bootkamp. (No pain, no gain, as they say.) Selfies/self-portraits. 

First, a fast watercolor drawing, then a slow pen drawing on top.

Secondly, a continuous line drawing without glasses--very fuzzy vision. 

I'm doing extras because I have given myself permission to be very bad.
The good thing is that I am now able to attempt to draw myself and appreciate all the wrinkles. 

"My face is a map of my time here." (Laura Smith Song).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bootkamp, 3

The assignment was to lay down a warm watercolor wash and then use coloured pencils over it. So I continued my orange peel theme. 
The "take-a-line-for-a-walk" spilled over from my small daily journal and served as a frame.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bootkamp, 2

Another assignment for the Sketchbook Skool Bootkamp: copy an artist that you like. The choice was tough because color is my first love. There are the Impressionists, the Expressionists, the Fauves, etc. What about Paul Klee, Louis Moilliet, and Auguste Macke, whose exhibit about their 1914 trip to Tunisia I saw in December? Then there's Kandinsky, Matisse, Delauney, Turner, Franz Marc...the list is long. I flipped through my books and the internet and found a million possibilities. Overload. Basta. I went and fixed dinner.

Then I remembered Daumier, a 19th century French caricaturist with biting wit. I checked the internet. Bingo. In fact, I was dazzled by his sketches. The lines are wild and squiggly and scribbly, very fine with a few lines emphasized. Very little color. By the time I finished sketching, I had a very loose hand.
Apparently Daumier hated lawyers. The darkest figure has two faces, which took me a while to figure out as Daumier's sketch is a bit more subtle. This was fast and fun.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bootkamp, 1

Sketchbook Skool's Bootkamp (free) just started for those who have completed three sessions. It is basically 6 weeks of homework assignments that consolidate everything learned so far, and then everyone shares. I have to admire the pedagogical methods of SBS--quite a number of people have admitted that they fell off the wagon and needed a boost to get back to having a regular sketching habit.

Using my new hand sewn journal, I finished the first homework, which was to draw a whole apple, take a bite, draw, take a bite, draw, etc. until there was nothing left. Since apples are out of season and since I live on a citrus farm and have oranges galore, I wanted an orange peeled the artistic way instead. The trick is to keep the peel all in one piece. My husband says I massacre oranges, so I let him do the peeling. This is very low on my list of things-to-learn...
Copic multiliner pen, Grumbacher artist quality watercolors (haven't opened the tubes of Daniel Smith watercolors, yet. Enjoying the anticipation.). And I did try out the Pentel water brushes, which I liked.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some Late Holiday Cheer

Santa did manage to swing by Tunisia and brought some splendid toys: Daniel Smith watercolors, Pentel waterbrushes, half and full pans, and 2 sizes of Altoids boxes (for making watercolor kits). It's a well-known fact that I don't need any textile supplies (I'm stocked for life), but these art supplies are not easily available to me...I'm definitely in 7th Heaven!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Caught in Traffic

Who would have guessed that the rear-ends of vehicles in traffic could be interesting?
I seem to have a theme going here. I'm sure there will be many more now that I've figured out how to overcome car sickness. I had to chuckle at the ghostly face that developed on the right.

I especially like Flaubert's quotation:

"Be boring and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." --Gustave Flaubert

Couldn't agree more.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bag Jag, 9

The hardware on a handbag requires serious I have been considering. A number of forlorn straps have come into my possession and one strap had brass-looking clips.

They go with the brass-looking rings on my jeans bag. 
So I covered them with denim from old jeans.
I might add bits and pieces of denim for a shabbier look...ruminating on it.
My heart swells up with satisfaction when I see
my long-awaited, much-desired, jeans bag.
Cost? 2 brass rings (about a dollar).
Recycling at its best!
Great way to start the New Year!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Coffee Maker and Blue Orange

A couple quiet days at home, so simple sketches.

Did I mention that I love color...and wild lines?