It is finally at an end - 100 days of art each day. But I normally do art each day, though, so it isn't much different than others except I am posting pictures of most of it. "Most" of it. I have a couple of different journals going - one is the second volume of my organic/botanical journal. And I have started a compilation of border/fragment patterns and play. I am also participating in a Dingbatz each day in July - DINGYINNJULY. I participated in this week's Square One Zentangle with the focus pattern Tangleflake. Also the Zenvoyage #Endless Zentangle is so much fun - finishing week 8 and just need to add some more shading and a bit of patterning. I just finished a video lesson on feathers from Amanda Clifford, CZT, and loved it. And this morning I was following along with a video from Alena Light on her pattern Movement. So here is this week's compilation, and the end of my postings of bits and pieces.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Almost done!! Here is my compilation of the past few days' work. Some of it in my Organic/botanical journal, a couple of Dingbatz, a journal page of my nature walks down a gravel road, a challenge tile for Wholehearted Creations, and a meandering sketch of patterns with no intent.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
I realized I hadn't posted my art creations for the past few days - since I opted to just draw each day and not specifically a finished piece each day, or a published piece. I started out this collage with some challenge entries - a ZIA using A, B, C tangles; a ZIA using D, E, F, G tangles, and a Square One participation of Kuke. There is a page from my journal of changes - where I used my progressive shots of a Russian thistle to show change Mother Nature style. I also have started the Endless Zentangle project with Zen Voyage, a group of ladies from Russia whose work I have admired for quite some time. It starts with making a book - accordion style. Then each week, a progession of tangles. I have weeks 1-3 done, and will do some more on it. It is quite a fun project. I also created a couple more of my watercolor pieces, practicing more and more of using more watercolor in my art. It is a challenge for me, and it is a challenge to leave the negative spaces. And I keep adding to my Organic/Botanic journal (the second one!!) This is a personal reference journal. Some of it are strokes/styles I admire from other artists - maybe a specific swirl or pattern. Some are patterns created by other artists - I don't create the stepouts in this journal, I have them elsewhere. These journals are so that I can flip through them at any time during a piece for inspiration or direction. I have quite a collection put together and keep adding. I have quite a few items on my "to do list" of creations I would like to make, or studies I would like to do. I have been taking my morning mile walks through the nature area every morning and photographing quite a bit of the "weed culture" and natural culture on that walk. I hope to start including some pieces inspired by those walks.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
I continue to draw each day - sometimes just sketching a bit, and other times really getting down to it! I worked on another watercolor piece for a few days, watching it grow and evolve. It was a mixed style with some Yellena James influence, Sharla Hicks' influence, and just drawing. Again, working with the watercolor more and more.
Susan Mayes, CZT gave me a starter piece a while back, with Twinkling H2Os blown with a straw. It was quite beautiful, but I didn't get a photo of the original before I started. I just let my pen go with this one, and was quite pleased with result. It was on a piece of white cardstock and all that white still bothered me, so I got out the green chalk pastel pencil and look what happened. I gifted it back to her!!
I worked some more on my second botanical/organic journal group of patterns/designs, and participated in two Square One focuses - Loev and Kuke. Also, I did a challenge to use a pattern starting with A, B, and C. I chose Abeko, B'twined and C-View. So all in all, a good piece of drawing these past few days, and here is a collection of some of the results.
Friday, June 8, 2018
I spent quite a bit of the past few days working on a new botanical piece. This was a combination of styles - that of Sharla Hicks and Yellena James. I have been studying both quite a bit and love the effect of both, and like combining the forms. I started with a blank white page, and creating what I thought would be the focus flower on the upper left. I then started adding bit by bit, using watercolor to lay in some of the color, along with a bit of colored pencil. But I stayed more true to watercolor in this piece. The bottom left flower, I think, became my focus flower. This is actually a pattern called Feen by Ela Reiger, CZT. I have really learned a lot working with this pattern and combining it with what I learned from Sharla's retreat. I was quite pleased with the watercolor work on this one - it is the first one that I haven't almost totally covered with colored pencil. The other pages are pages from my Organic/Botanic journal - Volume II. These journals contain small samples of forms, some I see in other's work, some are patterns, and even some from my own observations during my morning walks.
Here is my week's work.
Here is my week's work.
I have been walking a mile every morning - yes, me! I live less than a half mile from a nature area. There is a gravel road alongside a pond that I can walk along and hear the early morning sounds of nature - and the peace and quiet alongside the city life. As I increased the distance I was walking, I found there was a second pond behind the first one. So now my walks have increased to a little more than a mile and I will keep increasing as I feel able to. The humidity is high in the mornings, but the heat isn't as bad, so it is the only time I can do this walk. It energizes me for the day.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018
A lot of my art time this past week has been working through a piece inspired by Yellena James and seeing what techniques I can use. I had a bad experience with gouache - not sure what happened. From what I was reading, it was either old or cheap or a combination of both. It smelled awful and I live in an apartment with no outside ventilation other than windows and it is too darned hot outside to have them open. It took a full day for that smell to dissipate. Yellena uses gouache in her work a lot so I have been experimenting with other mediums - colored ballpoint pen, gelly roll, Tombow markers, Staedtler fineliners, colored pencil and watercolor pencil. It is still a work in progress - I am really having a lot of fun working on this. I have also gone back and done some basic Zentangle work also. And a quilt block template challenge in one of my groups. It has been a good art week.