I have been working hard on the studies for a painting for a friend. It's taking a long time though because I am out of practice and time is so limited.
Here are some photos of my work in progress and a study of a pomegranate I did today.
It's coming along. I think I will continue to do some pomegranate studies for the next week or so (or until this one starts to go bad. Pomegranates are out of season so this one wasn't cheap so I have to use it to its full potential.
Woah. As I was writing the title I thought that WOULD be an amazing ice cream flavor!
That aside, I got into the studio today to do some studies. I am kind of frustrated because I like working from "live" objects, not reference photos, but figs and pomegranates aren't in season so I have to make due.
Ice Cream (Watercolor on paper)
I found the ice cream part of the painting while cleaning and today I added a cone. I loved the simplicity of the scoop. Not sure how I feel about the cone.
Pomegranate (Watercolor on paper)
Fig (Watercolor on paper)
This was an underpainting I was going to work into but I kind of like it as is. I might not work into it.
Blind #1 and Blind #2. Pen on paper. Not showing today. Feeling a little self conscious.
Got to this very late today. I'm actually doing yesterday's today or something, but since I am still awake I am considering this yesterday's drawing.
Another blind contour drawing. I am falling in love with blind contour drawings, so much so I might give it a nickname (BCD). I am not surprised. I have ALWAYS loved line drawings.
Thinking out loud here. I'm almost done with this month of drawings and while I have loved it, it's exhausting and I'm not sure at this point in my life I have the time to keep up with the girls and do a drawing a day to my expectations. But maybe I can do a BCD a day (and not share them, necessarily) and do one more focused, longer drawing of something at least once a week. I like Jessie Oleson's suggestion to not be tied to your plan and alter it as you see fit.
This is totally weird to post but I am pushing my boundaries, and then there was something I liked that came out of it. These are blind contour drawing self-portraits but then I started playing with features, but I really loved the way I was playing with the drawing with my nose, tracing the contours and building it out sculpturally, almost as if it were wires building the shape.
Really enjoyed playing with that cupcake drawing the other day, but thought maybe I should be doing it in gouache because I was laying the colors on so thick. Thing is, I haven't done gouache in years. Some of my paint was 15 years old. I know the saying "It's a poor craftsman that blames his tools" and I'm not, but I was frustrated when some of my paints were rock hard. I'm having a hard time deciding whether I want to persue gouache more but it would be a bit of a financial investment because I can't use these paints as is.
I did enjoy going in harshly with pencil at the end. It was empowering!
Owl (Pencil on paper). No image today. Was working all night on freelance, so I didn't get to spend much time (12 min. total). Heard an owl outside and it inspired me to draw one. As I started to draw it, I began to recognize the elements that are so commonly stylized, so I started to loosely extract them. Interesting, but not something I'm excited to share.
Very excited to uncover my gouache and crossing my fingers they still work. Hopefully will play this weekend.
I wanted to play with pattern. You can tell where I really got into them and where I kind of was like "blah" -- you can also tell my hand was getting tired. It's funny, I intended to spend only a very short while on this, but I got very lost in it. Some was reminiscent of other projects I have worked on...including one where I made a mark for every day I have been alive. That was fun and beautiful.
I hope someday to get back into the pattern work I loved screen printing so much in college.
I am so inspired by Lotta Jansdotter. I think her work is beautiful. Her living space must be gorgeous. I wish I could fill my house with her design.
There was a class at SMFA I always wanted to take but I never did. I don't remember what it was but I do remember my friend Julie took it. I remember they had to draw things like cracks and spots on the sidewalk -- mundane things in everyday life, but pretty interesting and complicated when you draw them.
Our house is almost 300 years old and with the original wide floor boards, we have a lot of cracks. Perfect to draw.
Meh. But I posted because I do want to try again. This is very muddy and overworked. In this case, my two year old's drawing as a ground didn't work so well. I feel like I was also lazy and rushed in this one. I think I am getting sick so I am not totally there.
Today was a self-portrait as suggested by Anonymous in a comment two days ago. It's called This Isn't Me (Pencil on paper). It's been a while since I have done self portraits and so I am really shy about it. It didn't look like me at all.
I'll keep working on them.
This one was a first. I was too lazy to find a mirror. I opened Facetime on my computer and used the image staring back at me.
This is rough. I am posting it for a couple of reasons.
I had so much fun.
I was lazy and didn't want to brave all the snow to get to the studio. I got creative and cut up one of my toddler's watercolor paintings and used it as a ground and I love that part of it. (I can't keep all of the work they do -- they are so prolific -- so I have to pick and choose. This way I am recycling and king of keeping it anyway.
I see parts of this drawing I really like and I want to expand on further.
A friend wants a dear for a logo. Thought I'd finally play with it. Different than I have ever done. Needs work.
I actually wanted to do a freer drawing (was looking at work by illustrators James Dean and Oliver Jeffers today and I just love their styles) but clearly that didn't happen.
I also was limited by supplies today. I went to the studio to get new paper, etc. but K was working on my door. I didn't want to ask him to move even though he offered. He's been working so hard for me! (Nice new wall and door, huh?)
I wanted to play today. I have been really into using white in my past few drawings and so I found a blue piece of paper and played with using white for the negative space to make the image pop. I had fun! Not sure I love it, but I had fun and that's what counts.
I picked this carrot out at the farm share because I thought my four year old would get a kick out of it. Little did I realize what a pain it would be to clean and peel to actually eat, so it's been in the fridge for a while. But it's a great subject matter.
I had so much fun working on this. I have been listening to my music on shuffle and have been reminded that one of my greatest passions is listening to great music and making art. I started this piece while listening to an old high school friend's music: The B Flat Project. Listening to Brian sing was so inspiring and it was great to "rediscover" his work as it appeared in my playlist.
I had to stop this one because I am overtired and overworking it and it was getting muddy, but I was just enjoying it so much. I can't wait to see where my art takes me.
I'm tired. It's late. I spent all evening working on decluttering the studio so I can work now that it's heated. I literally spent twelve minutes on this. But I had some me time and got to rock out to Parents Just Don't Understand. And I realized that blackberries are really hard to draw. I couldn't remember which druplets (yes, that's what those little parts are called -- I looked it up!) I had drawn and it was a lot of confusion. I was admittedly kind of glad when I could abandon this drawing after ten minutes or so.
Spend more time with the girls. They are growing up so quickly.
Spend more time with K. Still keeping up with our Thursday night date night.
Be in better touch with people I love. (I might have an idea how to do this. See below)
Exercise more. I have been getting down to the basement to row multiple times per week. I was introduced to rowing by my dear college roommate Mandi, and I have fond memories of rowing in the crew room at Tufts with her and my sister. Recently though it was Frank Underwood who inspired me to get my Concept 2 out of storage and start using it.
Eat better. I still have that sweet tooth (see here) but I have been trying to use our winter farm share to the fullest as well. How's this for a fab recipe I made tonight?
Buy less. I don't need more stuff.
Declutter more. And keep up with the house. I know I have two kids under 5, so this is something I have to accept that won't be easy. And K and I won some time with a declutterer in the HOPEsudbury auction. I got in touch with her today. That's a start! As an artist though, it's hard to get rid of things. (Might be another thing I can do with...see below)
Give more. I am excited that the Friends of the Goodnow Library brochure is going to be printed soon -- it's been a fun way to give back to the library.
Spend less time on the computer. Mostly time wasters like FB and obsessively checking email or stumbling upon stuff and getting lost online for hours. (After today, I am hoping to write less on this blog, too, because I want it to be more about the art.)
And then there's the art. What this blog is all about. I have been pretty good about some of the above and I need to make the art a habit again. I have been reading posts by Dayna and Jennifer (as I mentioned a year ago, the last time I wrote...) and have continued to be inspired by two women who also have young kiddos.
And then I read Jessie's post How to Do a Drawing a Day. I need this kick in the pants. Thanks Jessie! I know I have tried this before. But maybe I need new guidelines. Or maybe I need less structure and I need to give myself permission to change the rules if they aren't working.
So I am putting my brainstorm in the open. Here it goes. And I start tonight.
Once a day.
Start small. 10 minutes. I can do ten minutes. Let's see how it goes. If I want to push it up, I can.
Length. This is key. I never thought about this. I always say a year and basically set myself up for failure. Jessie says "How long your drawing a day project goes on is up to you. Maybe it’s just a week, maybe it’s a full year. Or maybe you want to take it easy and see how it goes, like a month-to-month lease. " I love the month-to-month lease idea. Let's do it!
Format? I'm thinking small. 4x6? I have these super inexpensive (but awesome for this project) NYJJTA frames from IKEA. I am going to put drawings I like in the frames and hang them on the wall. I'll rotate them out. It will be inspiring. Or I can send these artworks in the mail to people I want to stay in touch with. Maybe some of each? Again, this doesn't have to be set in stone.
Sharing the project. This blog, I guess. I was thinking Instagram since it is solely photos, but the square format doesn't go with the format of my choosing.
Medium. I use the term drawing loosely. Enough said.