Here's a pic of the book I illustrated for author, Mary Lee Moore. Still a couple of issues to deal with, but it will be on sale soon :) :) :) Next week or two!!!
With a bit of sadness I have to say, we're almost finished with our 30 day drawing challenge. Where does time go??? It has been fun getting drawings emailed and texted to me daily! I'm so proud of you :) :) :) My hope is that most of you who have started this discipline, will continue!!!! I am challenging myself to another 30 days. Why let a good habit end!
Our winner is.......................
Way to go Ginger!!!!! She sent me not just one drawing a day, but multiple drawings every day, and most of them of faces. I'm impressed. That was my goal. I did accomplish a few faces, but had commission projects so focused my drawings on those. My favorite drawing of Ginger's is this one, so sweet:
Here is our drawing collage.
I hope I got at least one of each of your drawing in. It was hard to keep track after a while :) If not, let me know and I can feature one of yours by itself!!! But first, I thought this quote in Nancy's drawing book was great:
The thrill of working is the process of discovery and problem solving
that comes with making something for the first time.
I was so impressed by two ladies, Cindy and Kathy, who made journal books to do all their drawing in. How creative is that! They are so wonderful!
Letter from Jan:
I am impressed with the joy I find in drawing, regardless of the outcome. Due to my physical condition, I have not been doing much painting, but drawing has stepped into my space and has my attention.
Thank you, thank you. I am getting more confident in my drawing. I don't seem to be afraid to try my hand at almost anything, regardless of the outcome. It is fun to try.
-I'm learning the true value of shading and shadows as they give depth and keep the picture more 3 D instead of flat. With every drawing it becomes more and more apparent and obvious.
-I've learned the value of taking my time to really study the subject before I put pencil to paper by estimating proportions (like this part is about the same height or length as this part, causing me to divide, in my head, the paper... in halves/thirds/fourths etc.).
-Also I take more time to 'see' over all shapes instead of getting lost in details right away .(That looks like a small ball on a doubly large rectangle).
-The eraser is very useful and is a 'fear eliminator.'
-Viewing a complicated subject initially causes me to eliminate the frills and details of the subject and I know I must follow certain drawing steps before completing the intricate details.
-drawing is fun and more satisfying to me than tracing... Why eliminate joy in my life. I am not willing to rush through JOY. I PREFER TO STOP AND SMELL MY DRAWING SUBJECT.
Love you so, J AN
Thanks for the encouraging letter :) I am so glad this has been a positive experience for you. Art is healing... nice that you can continue drawing even if painting right now isn't possible.
We miss you at CAT!
Below is one of Jan's drawing :)
On to our next Challenge :)
Anyone who is interested in continuing drawing, send me your one drawing (your favorite drawing) weekly drawing and I will collage them together and post them at least monthly. As I said before, accountability is so important in keeping a new habit going.
Back in 2010 a friend of ours, Becca J traveled to London, England to study there for a semester. Since Becca’s family and ours both lived in New London, Minnesota; both of us are artists, and Becca took private art lessons from me while she was growing up, we decided to write (as much as possible) a daily blog together - Becca from London and me from New London. We called it: ‘A Painting a Day, An Ocean Away.’ My kids were still in high school, so I didn’t always have time to draw, and Becca was busy studying, so it didn’t end up being the everyday thing we had envisioned, but we tried…
After all these years I have decided to revisit this drawing-a-day idea. I need to sharpen my drawing skills, and daily drawing is a good habit for any artistic person. Good drawing skills are the foundation of any creative, artistic adventure you are interested in. Since I want to be successful on this drawing journey, I decided to set out boundaries and guidelines for myself – after all, I am an artist and can get distracted, or even veer off on a totally new tangent without even looking back…
I decided to share these guidelines for you on both my blog and my website. I hope they will help you decide to take this adventure too. Here are some tips to get you started:
Feel free to post your drawings under the comments. I will be posting drawings from our Creating Art Together Group once a week for the next month.
Is it an art????
Well maybe not, but it sure can stir memories and creativity!!! It's that time of year again when farmers are out cutting alfalfa. Boy does that stir memories!!! Our neighbor was out cutting alfalfa yesterday. Such a wonderful smell. I grew up on a dairy farm and it brings back memories of hard, hot work and driving tractor. That part was fun! My dad told me he liked me to drive because I was the best, smoothest driver. He didn't like getting knocked off the wagon, I guess.
Smell and Creativity...
Studies have shown that certain smells can help stimulate your creativity. Apparently cinnamon and vanilla smells enhance creativity. I would guess any smell that brings back a great memory or emotion can get your creative juices going. As smell causes you to think about and feel great (or not so great) moments of the past it will influence your creative process. Your work will reflect the emotions you are feeling.
As a young artist, it was difficult for me to get beyond the feeling that people were reading my private emotions and stories in the art I created. When I would view one of my paintings, I would instantly feel the emotions I had while painting it - good or bad. It was embarrassing for me to show other people my work. As time went on and people commented on my work I became aware that they were having an emotional response to my work that didn't always reflect what mine had been. That is when I realized that people sensed my creative emotions and stories, but translated them into their own emotions and stories. I now enjoy hearing people comment on how my artwork makes them feel.
What are some smells that call up a memory for you? Here are some of mine...
This post was prompted by the smell of fresh cut alfalfa... I was reminded of a post from my 'A View from My Porch,' blog. You can check it out here...
Check out my new gallery page, 'Illustration.' I have completed the illustrating of 'Marshmallow Clouds and Candy Cane Trees,' written by Mary Lee Moore. It has been a fun and learning process. We are looking into self-publishing it, hopefully by the end of the summer. I'll keep you posted.
Hi. I have been a studio artist, art instructor and illustrator for the past 30 years
Check out my older blog...A View from My Porch.