It’s been a while since I posted. To be honest, it’s been a while since I did any art. Life has been busier than normal (is that possible?). Then today a double blessing – we all went to the park with enough leisure time for me to realize I might get in some sketching AND my 2yo Hurricane fell asleep at the park (first time ever for the highly energetic bundle she is). This meant I was given a chance to practice watercolor plein air. Yay me!
I haven’t studied that many watercolor tutorials yet. But I did manage to get my paintings to evolve just with trial and lots of errors. I started with just drawing and realized a little belatedly that this was my chance to try out some painting.
Then I tried again and went too wet with the paints so I kind of lost control of shaping and values.
The third attempt I went for form and control, remembering to do light values to dark (the opposite of oils).
Finally, I put it all together for a decent first day conclusion.
Then as I opened my sketchbook, I found a subtle reminder of an artist’s life with children hanging around. There are a half dozen new pages filled with drawings like this in my sketchbook. The Hurricane strikes again! Although this time, it’s a moment worth preserving.
These are 2 sketches of a juiceseller that I saw during our last trip to Bolivia. I’ve started working on several paintings based off of my sketches and photos.
I am starting to get used to having an art career while raising my whirlwind of a third child. I’ve discovered I can jot down sketches, but actually painting will either have to wait for my 2-hour weekend session, or until my Whirlwind is out of toddlerdom. The joys are that she wants to be with me as I create and draw. The challenges . . . . well, not every sketchbook is understood as only mom’s and sharing paper is so much more fun!
As you can see from the scribbles over my thumbnail boxes on the left, I was getting “help” on these sketches. The best part is, they become a journal of the two of us as we draw together.
All finished for the February contest at SVSlearn.com! The theme was simply “love”, but with the caveat that it be original and a warning to avoid cliches. As my thoughts wandered on the topic I came up with this yin-yang of “If a bird loved a fish, where would they live?”
For the month of February, the online illustration school that I attend, svslearn.com, is holding a contest. The theme for the month is love. The problem is trying not to be cliche and illustrating it with an original idea. I spent an evening sketching out ideas.
As usual, I started with my kids. I have a photo from our breakfast table where they were just loving each other, or maybe I should say the youngest was loving the older two and they were being very tolerant as she gave them jam-covered hugs. I made a brief sketch of it to get the head positions and then decided to try a second version with each of them as cats or dogs. My Happy Cricket thought she looked much cuter as a dog.
Then I continued with my kid-like thinking and began imagining the expression “a bird can love a fish, but where would they live?”. I imagined it with a whale and a canary dreaming of their home together.
Finally, I took the bird and fish motif a bit further and drew them as yin and yang.
Now I just have to wait for my whirlwind of a toddler to fall asleep and I can go down to the studio to ink them!
This is a work-in-progress that I started last night. It’s a vintage Avon perfume bottle that my grandmother gave me when I was five and a vintage handkerchief from my great-grandmother combined with a heritage rose. I’m still looking for a name that doesn’t use vintage or antique.