This had been good for me to get the juices flowing again and to become reacquainted with my passion. I must admit, when I opened my long neglected pallet, there was mold on two of the paints and the rest were dry as bone. I've never had them mold before, but I have an airtight palette to keep the paints moist in between use. I've just never gone long enough for them to MOLD!
And I've learned a few things: 1) Do not paint something that does not inspire you. It will show in the work 2) I love to paint the figure and portrait above almost all else 3) I love architecture too and 3) a regular habit of painting keeps you motivated. This has motivated me to continue to keep my sketchbook handy and I am going to try to work in a few paintings a week at least.
And now, on to the sketches:
These are numbered by the order, not the day anymore!
I did peruse my photos on Friday before the week and pulled out some inspiration. This was a great little church in Spain I've been meaning to sketch. As I've said, I've been fortunate to have a father with wanderlust who has taken his family all over the world. I wouldn't have ever seen and done what I have had he not made it possible. Anyway, this was one of the many photos of churches I want to sketch. While I would prefer to sketch on site, sometimes a photo works too! This is quick, sloppy and wonky, but I like it! Thanks dad!
Another photo I took years ago. As you can see, its a beach photo. Its been so darn cold, I felt like it might warm me up. It didn't! I loved how the sun hit the figures, but all I had was a grainy black and white on copy paper from another attempt. This one is better.
A friend emailed me a picture of her daughter in this chair. I loved the angle and the foreshortening. I love that the leg is larger and the head is small as it recedes. I love the yellow chair. And I finally did sand in a way I liked. Also a beach scene. I somehow feel colder! But I love the painting.
Also from a photo (obviously) of trumpet vine. I love the graceful curve of the vine and the shapes of the flowers and buds. I love the shape of the leaves, but didn't have time to include them. Another day another painting!
A simple pen and watercolor of some summer zinnias. Are you seeing a theme here? ( summer-warm weather) Ha! I'm not a fan of this but some days if you make art at all, even bad art, its still a good day!
Day 19 & 20
From a photo. I started this before and never got in there to finish since its so detailed. I lost interest. I have to admit, I dont like the left page at all. Its how it looks in the photo, but I find the green and white overhangs and the rock building much more interesting. It was also raining so there are no shadows and light. I counted this as two days since it took much longer and spans two pages.
And my last offering. I feed the birds all year. Among my favorites are the Junco's. I love thier dark tops and white undersides. They also feed on the ground, so I snapped shots against the snow. Simple and fun.
So, that completes 21 days. Going to try to do 28 for all of February. I went the the grocery and have some inspritation I can work from! Stay tuned!