Sunday, November 2, 2014

Learning to Draw

Sketch Skool, a creation from the mind of Danny Gregory, has offered a series of classes that are very informative and inspiring. There is a get moving, no excuses attitude from each of the talented instructors. The realization is that there are many styles of drawing and all are correct. One just needs to do it!

This mandala is done with micron pens in a moleskin journal.

Figures are another challenge. So much that they even stand on the heads of others!

Step by step I am getting a better image of people I know. 
This is one of my 4 year old granddaughters.

Yes, the drawing bug has bitten me. One goal is to go out and draw, but I am pretty content learning in my own space in the comfort of my home. I know that practice and more practice will bring a better understanding and the pieces will improve!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin sketches

Yesterday I went to a fruit/vegetable stand with two friends and we had a delightful time sketching. Here are my two pieces from our outing. It's nice to really get out instead of just thinking about it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hidden Views

Hidden Views was the latest quilt challenge for my quilt group. Other than the title, the only guide line was that the size was to be in multiples of 6". Examples: 6x6, 12x 24 or 6x30 up to a maximum of 36". I chose to think of view as a mental thought. So, I bush lettered a quote on white fabric, cut it into squares and then added color using a Gelli plate.

The first design had all the squares without the black spacing and I found that people were spending too much time trying to play a game and figure out the wording. So, I ripped it apart (as ye sew, so shall ye rip), cut the squares smaller and added the black.

I also discovered that there are two sides to the fabric! By flipping nine squares over, the piece was not so "in your face". I hope that people will reflect on a hidden view that they might have. 

You can see work by other members on our blog, Pins and Needles Art Quilters.  

There has been time for sketching, something that has been encouraged by the teachers and talented students in Sketch Skool.

This is a model from a magazine.

 This is after Mary Engelbreit's wonderful people.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sketch Skool

Here is the first page in my new Moleskin journal of work inspired by /Andrea Joseph. This paper seems best for using the many new ballpoint and Micron pens that I have purchased. Oh boy, so many more pages to fill!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seeing the Figure

Friday morning figure drawing sessions have begun again after our summer break. I joined this group because of inspiration from members of the Everyday Matters group. Slowly I can see progress and its so relaxing to sit with other artists. Being around some very talented artists helps me to set goals.

Now I'm accepting the idea that it is OK to draw from images in magazines. Onward!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sketchbook Skool

My life has been on slow down for a few weeks. The upside is that I sit and draw, sew, read and take naps. Pretty nice. So I've done some self portraits and will continue to do them as I learn so much with each attempt.

Flowers are always a nice subject, so I've done these with Inktense pencils. I'm  beginning to appreciate their qualities. I can draw the shape and have it gently disappear with a touch of water.

The last picture is of a mug as I don't have any pretty teacups, a subject that Liz Steel loves. But, her guidelines certainly help in understand the subject!

Finally, I seem to be enjoying the process and feel better about my understanding of the art of drawing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guest Sketcher

Recently I had a dear friend, my "sister", come to help me. There was time to sit and draw. Isn't that the dream of all of us sketchers? Barbara Parke-Wolff creates her own journals and had participated in Danny Gregory's Retreat in Rowe, Mass. She is also taking part in Sketch Skool. Barbara, on the left, a mutual friend, Judi Sullivan, joined us today. Judi left before I could get a picture of her drawing. Most important was the comfort of friendship. Oh, that is Cody, keeping guard.

My backyard has never looked so good!

The following is of a bush that is called "Lion's Tail" and if fun to watch grow.

Last is a drawing from some quiet time in and out of the house.

Tomorrow she will be leaving. I was so blessed to have her here, but now she will return to her home where her sweet husband has been patiently awaiting her return. Thanks, Gary.