Thursday, March 20, 2014

From the garden

I have always loved sketching flowers.
While living in the condo,
I used to buy flowers from the supermarket,
but most times the flowers would die
before I got a chance to really sketch or photograph them.

Now that we have a garden,
I don't have an excuse anymore.
The previous owner, an avid gardener, was absolutely right
when she told me that we will have many surprises throughout the year.
I'm continuously amazed and delighted what pops up.

These ranunculus I have planted myself
and it is my first step to finally sketch nature more often.

I have been much inspired by Mary Ann Moss at Dispatch From LA.

Obviously, I must practice more :)
But any start is a good start, I say!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On to the canvas

A few days ago I sketched girls
in my little journal.
So while my kids were building leprechaun traps,
I took the opportunity to draw my favorite girls onto canvas.

I'm not sure why I painted two of them.
It just sort of happened.
I guess it's what happens when you have
a lot of unfinished paintings around :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

One more in the art journal.

For those who know me,
every single journal entry or painting
is a huge achievement.

Can't say enough how happy I am to have this one in my journal.

I'm still happily following Misty's prompts, 
and deviating from it in many ways.
This one consists of many magazine transfers ... 

Love the effect!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lazy Sunday

Did a bit of yard work this morning.
It's hard to work in the garden
when one is so allergic to outdoorsy things.

Taking a break in the coffee shop now,
with the family -
who is amazingly busy with
reading and looming :)

So I get to sketch a little.

Those girls in the second drawing
don't look like they want to be there,
do they?
I know that look ...

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thanks to my kid's imagination

The other day, 
I was chugging along on an abstract painting.
I really like abstract paintings.
There is no pressure
for it to look like anything,
no right or wrong.
And towards the end,
you can look at it 
and let your imagination run wild.

I imagined that the light blue was the ocean
and so I drew a sailboat.
I imagined the blue peaks were mountains,
so to emphasize nature, I drew some trees in the back.
Then my 8 year old came along and casually said: Oh nice buildings!

What? Where?
I explained to her that they were mountains
and she craned her neck as if to figure out 
from what angle I was seeing the mountains.
She left without argument.
But for some reason, by now all I could think was 'buildings' ...
I started drawing in windows.
And oila!

I couldn't imagine it any other way.
They were meant to be buildings.