Monday, March 23, 2015

Beating The Blank Page.

The Blank Page.

It can be an intimidating, creativity-stopping obstacle, regardless of how long you've been drawing or painting.

One of the easiest ways to get beyond all of that negative space ... on the page and in your head ... is to add some color. Here's the first of several quick videos showing you ways to do just that.


Hope this helps you kickstart a spread or two. Check back over the next few weeks for more ways to beat the blank page.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Get It Before It's Gone!

I am having a hard time believing it was just this past week that I was bemoaning the everlasting, lingering presence of that season that starts with a "W" that shall not be mentioned for fear its returning with a vengeance.

Now I have little crocus buds popping up all over in my front flower beds. I'm heading back out to enjoy them while I can. The rabbits that live under our shed always seem to find the burgeoning blossoms, basil, carrots, parsley, whatever in our yard and then decimate it all!

Dread Pirate Rabbits!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This and That ...

This plant is supposed to be resting, not blooming.

I guess it didn't get the message.
Doodled flowers.
Our backyard ... or the new Great Lake... Lake Blados.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Love My Mama!

I did these drawings last year and had some fabric made with them. I managed to eke out one pillow and months later I had one pillow ... and a pile of fabric.

The last time my mom visited I gave her the material and said here, have fun.

So she did!
At least, I assume she did since she made four of them!!!
We do nice work together, huh?

Now I'm off to Wally World for more pillow forms.

Thank you, mom!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Follow The Muse.

I haven't been able to work up much interest for my sketchbook lately – at least not drawing from life like I have been for the last 8+ years. It used to be Thing 1 or Thing 2 would do something that would inspire me or they'd leave something around for me to trip on and I'd be itching to draw that. We'd hit a milestone – first lost tooth, training wheels coming off, birthdays – and I'd commemorate it with a drawing. Trust me, they're still doing most of that, but I feel like I've drawn everything at least once.

I guess I'm bored.

I have been enjoying doodling flowers, but in my head they didn't belong in my sketchbook. They are illustrations, not drawings, and should therefore be on nice paper and I should take my time with them and plan them out and treat them like ... um ... well ... ART.

Which of course means I end up all freaked out, trying to make them perfect and not having any fun. Been there, done that, not gonna do it again.

I want to draw silly, cutsey, doodley, mostly-made-up florals. That's where my little artist brain is taking me. And that's okay.

I know, who am I trying to convince, you or me?

So I got a new sketchbook (Gasp! I haven't even finished the old one), my favorite Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and a folder of quotes and phrases I've been collecting forever. Maybe I'll turn some of them into more planned, finished pieces, but for now I'm having fun combining words and doodles.

And that really is okay.

(Drawn in my Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Medium Notebook)