Beginning the underpainting for the train station with burnt sienna. Creating the sketches has really put me into the painting. From the perspective to the values. I still have some perspective to work on, but it’s feeling good. #perspective #brunaille #values #monotone #burntsienna #acryliconcanvas
Another study of the Lynchburg Amtrak station. Working on perspective, thumbnail sketching and contrast before the painting begins. #sketching #skills #practice #discipline #thumbnailsketch #pencil2b
Good morning pots. I know they want to be cleaned. I will contemplate them with my Tombow markers. Just a little pen for definition. Thirty minutes. I could have gotten lost in my phone that long. Less phone, more sketching. Onto the pots now.
#sketching #habit #tombowusa #micronpens
Those salt and pepper shakers are challenging me. How to keep the integrity of the flower pattern and shading of the shakers themselves. Everything else is just the chorus line to these stars.
And no, I am not drawing with oatmeal. #tombowmarkers #prismacoloredpencils #pigmamicronpens #uniballsingowhitepen
I have a fever to draw every day. It’s akin to the morning pages habit in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I have been doing since 1992.
Instead of words today; lines. Getting the shapes right. Putting the values in first. Then experimenting. Markers. Ink pens and white pens. I have to learn how to keep the details strong in the colored areas so I can see the flowers and still have the values. These Ecoline color markers bleed into each other which is what I wanted, but the Tombows bleed into the Ecolines. The Uni-ball Signo white pen covers well and I can keep layering as each one layer dries.
The glass shaker reminds me of a talented high school friend as I draw it. I think about his gift of drawing and the drawing he gave me of a still life with glass. I have it hanging in my studio. I wonder if he still draws and what happened to him. Albuquerque is a military town and people come and go.
Funny how things get you thinking. In honing my skills, there’s much to think about. Like not letting your talents or creativity go to waste.
#tombowusa #micronpens #uniballsignowhitepen #sketching #practice #experimenting
These are the things that landed on my kitchen table last night. Less phone, more sketching.
I’ve been unsubscribing from emails. I would like an art thing or a health thing or a spiritual thing or a marketing thing and then the solicitations would arrive ALL DAY LONG! It was akin to being in a batting cage and having baseballs flung at me without having the chance to hit any of them without the next one coming. I have Shiny Object Syndrome in the Age of the Squirrel. The information I subscribed to seemed interesting at the time, but there wasn’t any content.
I just kept deleting things in my inbox without even reading any of it. Ridiculous. I like having all my notifications cleared. It’s like getting to an even number when getting gas. If I go to $20.01, then I have to take it to $20.10. So annoying.
Less information, more life. I love to research and anything I need to know or learn will land in my life exactly when I need it. My word this year is synchronicity. So far it’s working beautifully.
#sketching #tombowusa #micronpens #uniballsingowhitepen #meditative #flow #fun
Every morning I disappear into my phone. Where does that get me? How does that advance my skills? I sketched these pretty flowers from my husband. Is it perfect? No. I don’t care. It taps me in to the person I was who drew everyday. I’m working with values here mostly. Getting back to basics. So satisfying. #sketching #valuestudy #gettingbacktobasics #learning #meditative
It’s finally done! This project took a little over three months to create. The best part about finishing and delivering these posters are the smiles I leave behind. It gives me so much joy….and I deserve that after the sleepless nights thinking about arranging everything to drawing all day. I got so focused that I had to put a timer on to walk during the day. I have a quote written above my computer monitor, “Movement is Life.” It reminds me to have balance.
I draw each building separately and then place them in relation to each other. There were graphic challenges along the way…rearranging some buildings towards the end of the project, redrawing some, adjusting colors. I also learned a lot. All part of the process. Life is better with good challenges. My favorite part is drawing the people. The fisherman is my husband who inspired me. He’ll get that whale some day.
Fun Illustration of the City of Lynchburg, Virginia. 24″ x 36″
Paul goes for the whale!
We had our art journal show at the Lynchburg Art Club this past January and WSET-TV’s local show highlighted us.
The contrast is great for color and light
Painting trees upside…again, but in a reflection
Adding clouds and re-adding the light into the trees
Putting in some ripples from the bugs landing.
Blurring everything for the water aspect.
Then the light changed.
Adding the Lily Pads
The Lily Pads are in…still missing something. Will revisit.
The reflection pond called. The light from the clouds bounced off of the pond and the trees were admiring themselves. The lily pads were at the end of their glory, yet they wanted to be the focus. Isn’t this the process of creating? The steps to honing skills. Bringing color, light, and nature onto the paper. We shall see as they evolve. Monet. Where are you?