Saturday, February 28, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
As I was drawing this stack of books, it occured to me how much of my life is contained in them. How many hours have I spent choosing them, drawing in them, writing in them? My thoughts, my aspirations, my attempts are all in there. I'm very attached to these books, probably because they feel like an extention of me. They reflect a part of me that I don't share often with others. As I get older, I use my journal more as a combination journal and daytimer. Both sketchbooks and journals are a way to record the world around me and the day to day journey of my life. There is a lot of my heart and soul poured into these books.
This was a difficult drawing, and this is not the first attempt. I spent a long time trying to get the perspective right. And I didn't get it right, but it's sure a lot better than the first attempt. I can't quite figure out what is so extraordinarily hard about drawing a stack of books. I've heard others say the same thing. Keep practising.
"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for" Robert Browning
This is watercolor pencil, and Staedtler pen in the Moleskine sketchbook.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
1 1/2 part(s) Absolute Ruby Red Vodka
Sunday, February 08, 2009
And shoot the shadows through and through with light...
I had bought tulips to ward off the worst of February dreariness. As the week went on, they drooped lower and lower and opened wider and wider. On Thursday, the blooms lay right on the table. The ceiling potlights created these odd double shadows as they shone through the petals. It seemed approorate for this week's EDM challenge. As does this lovely poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Let the dream go. Are there not other dreams
In vastness of clouds hid from thy sight
That yet shall gild with beautiful gold gleams,
And shoot the shadows through and through with light?
What matters one lost vision of the night?Let the dream go!
Watercolor and micron pen in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I have been looking a blog called Different Strokes for Different Folks. The site host puts up a photo and invites others to draw or paint it. She then places all the results on her blog. The variety of media and compositions are astonishing. Last month the photo was of this San Francisco Victorian house. It's quite beautiful and fell right in line with my year's intention to learn to draw buildings. I'm having difficulty with this intention, but I really want to learn to do it. I'm actually pleased with the way this drawing turned out. I learned a lot about following the lines and the way one line relates to the next one. The best piece of advice I got was to pick one vertical line and draw it with a ruler. Then place all other lines in relation to that original one. That works! Now if I could just speed up a bit. If I had been drawing this on site, I would have needed to pack a cooler and pitch a tent! I'm sure that those who draw swiftly and surely while standing on a street corner have been doing it for many years. I'm sure that they are so familiar with the structure of buildings and the rules of perspective that they don't need to consciously think about every line. Hopefully, with practice and patience, I can reach that goal. While I worked hard at getting the lines down correctly, I really had fun doing this and especially coloring in the windows.
This is micron pen and Pentel brush pens in the Moleskine journal.