(To start by stating the obvious) November is at an end already. I’ve been doing my best to fit in creative time when I can. Most days it’s just a bit of drawing in my sketchbook. Here are a couple of the images I’ve created over the past month. I noticed that the heads on […]
If you subscribe to my newsletter or follow my Facebook page, you may already know that my husband’s leukemia has recently returned. The first time he was sick, in 2013, I really struggled to keep making art during his treatment and recovery. This time around, I am trying to make art a priority as much […]
I’m still here, working through the exercises in my expressive drawing course. Overall I’m still really enjoying it. The exercises are confirming my love for working in mixed media on paper, so much so that it might be another month or two before I go back to oil painting. These first two images are experiments […]
A work in progress for you today, the very last day of Art Every Day Month. Today my expressive drawing course is tackling architecture, which is a different challenge than we’ve had so far. Mostly we’ve been looking at organic shapes until now. How to maintain expressiveness while communicating straight lines and right angles? I […]
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I baked a pumpkin pie this morning and now the whole house smells like pie and I’m wondering how I’m going to keep myself from eating the pie before dinner tonight. This was an exercise in discipline, in a way. The idea was to build up the image using only ink wash […]
This was an exercise in adding and taking away using pencils, graphite powder, and erasers, leaving a history of mark-making on the page. I think I could have pushed it further, but I started to run out of daylight. I’ve found that I can work comfortably after dark with bolder materials such as ink and […]
More experimenting with my new white ink today. As suspected, it’s not as obvious on white paper, even when layered into dark areas. It does add some nice subtle tonal variations in some spots, however. I should try it on a flat surface, where it will have the chance to pool instead of just dripping […]
Yay, new art supplies arrived today. I had made an order a while ago, but there were a couple things out of stock that finally got here. One of them was white ink, which I have never worked with before. To test it out, I decided to try the three faces exercise again. I used […]
Today I drew three portraits on top of each other, another exercise in my expressive drawing course. It’s interesting, having this course overlap with Art Every Day Month – most of these exercises are things I wouldn’t normally post, but I have enjoyed all the feedback they’ve received. Perhaps I should be posting experiments all […]
Barely getting a post up for today, but I made it. Just fit in a couple of expressive drawing exercises this evening. Thank you so much to all of you who have said lovely encouraging things in the lead-up to my presentation yesterday. I am happy to say that it went really well, despite the […]
Some more figure drawing today, working quickly with different materials. Above is charcoal (stick and pencil); below is ink wash and pen.
Another experiment today. This one is graphite powder, pencil, and charcoal on drawing paper coated with linseed oil. I must have spread the oil a bit too thick, because in spots (such as the big diamond-shaped area on his chest) it seemed to suck up the materials and refused to let them go. So I […]
This was done with two pencils taped together, a black charcoal and a red conte, plus a bit of white pastel. The idea was to produce some unexpected lines and expressiveness. Not my favorite portrait drawing of the week, but it was an interesting exercise nonetheless.
Another expressive portrait for you today, in charcoal and white pastel. I might come back and work on this one some more, but I’ll let it sit for a day or two, first.
I love owls. I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me to draw one before. OK, so it’s not that unbelievable – I rarely draw animals. Now I’m thinking owls might need to become a regular subject, because they are so much fun to look at. Again the idea with this drawing was to stay […]
Today’s exercise was to draw an expressive bee. How did I do? I had to stop after 15 minutes or so, because I was too tempted to start adding more details and making it look more like the photograph, rather than leaving it loose and expressive. Maybe I should have pushed myself to keep going […]
Today was some quick figure drawing using this website. It’s a fantastic resource for drawing practice, showing you new photographs of posed models at timed intervals. Not quite as good as a life drawing class, but a decent substitute. I enjoyed the shorter poses more than the longer ones. I found myself getting too fidgety […]
This was an exercise in figure proportions. I am usually very impatient when I create art, so it was good for me to slow down and take some time to make sure I was getting the proportions more or less correct. I love having assignments to do. I am already behind in my online class […]
Today I did an exercise for Gillian‘s course which involved using oiled charcoal, a new medium for me. I love being told to try something new. When it’s my first time working in a certain way, there’s less pressure to be good at it. It’s freeing, and helps me just get to work. So the idea […]
Today the focus was on expressive portraits. The idea was to keep everything loose and expressive, and not worry about likeness. I think I could have done better on the loose and expressive fronts, as my lines tightened up too much on the longer sketches. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll give it another go.
Today I started an expressive drawing class. The first exercises were about loosening up and making marks. We were to draw an object from several angles, so I chose a little wooden figure model I have in my studio, as it was the most organically-shaped thing I had on hand. The idea was to work […]
It’s November 1st, which means Art Every Day Month is upon us once more. I’ve been taking part almost every year since 2008, posting my daily creations here on my blog. Last year I did a small oil painting each day; this year I think I’ll mostly be sharing things from the online course I’ll […]
Aided perhaps by the long days and sunny weather, I’ve been getting back into sketching outdoors recently. It helps that I’ve finally sorted out my sketching kit. For the longest time I was unhappy with my options, and could never quite work out how to improve things. I love sketching in charcoal, but don’t like […]
I’ve just had the privilege of spending a week on the Scottish coast at a workshop led by Gillian Lee Smith, an incredible artist and teacher. The workshop was held in Gardenstown, an impossibly tiny and adorable village with one pub, one cafe, and no mobile phone reception. We started the week with a lot […]