Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Day 4

There is something under this layer. I don't remember what it is, but it was ugly and I didn't like how it turned out. This happens. So I cut a chunk of underlayment paper out from my stash, and adhered it to the tag. Pulled out some sticker words from Tim Holtz and done. Sometimes simplicity is the answer.

We have heavy rain, thunder, and flooding. Until tonight when it all freezes and we can skate all over central Indiana.

Uh huh.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Day 3

I did this on a day when I needed to remember that there is an end to chaos



Gracie refusing to look at me
Did you ever have one of those days when you ask yourself why you do what you do? Yesterday was it for me. I sat on the couch with the dogs, sketching. And none of it was worth keeping, or trying to fix. It was all crap. Unfortunately, what I was trying to sketch is the January Creative Girl from Danielle Donaldson's class. And if I can't do January, I won't be doing the remainder of the year.

She has suggested that we take a 5.5x8.5 piece of watercolor paper, mark off a 5x7 opening for our projects. We are to draw and paint a full length girl within those confines, and I am having a horrible time with proportions, always making the head too big, or the torso too long, the legs too short. After 5 attempts, I abandoned the sketchbook and took a 20 minute nap. When I got up to fix dinner, it dawned on me: I am completely intimidated by the 5x7 restrictions for the full body drawing. It's my own work of art, Danielle is never going to see it, and I have to do what works for me. So today I will try a sketch on a full size 9x12 watercolor paper. Screw this!

It was an enormous help that I watched the first video in the second lesson of Wandering Through Watercolor class. It is also a full length girl, and Natalie's proportions were spot on. So will take it from there. For me, drawing is learning. Once I get something that remotely resembles my goal, I am able to build on that with repetition. It builds your drawing muscle. Trueness.

That is my goal, and I'm sticking to it.

Monday, January 21, 2019

I Hate Winter

Day 2 was created using under paper from my desk

The first full lesson in Wandering Through Watercolor at

Adding shading and some line work

removed the washi tape used while working so you have a clean margin
The first thing I realize is I am casting a shadow on my photos, due to changing the position of taking pics. That can be easily rectified because I do use a table easel.

A trend with water color artists is to make square swatches of the colors for that project on the edge of the paper. The paper is 11x15, so there is plenty of room. Again, I learned a lot. The branches of the tree are very oriental art in appearance due to the color choices. There are 3 layers of paint on the branches, and at least 4 layers on the pink flowers.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Today is the Day!

Tag number 1 has hearts cut out of old Gelli plate prints

I took this at a point where I thought the room was going to win the battle

And then it all became better

From in front of the bookcase

My new dedicated sewing corner. That lamp will be departing soon

Sitting at the desk. I added Strathmore drawing paper to protect the surface
I like that the first tag of The 100 Day Project 2019 was achieved with found gel plate prints. My plan is to get into the existing supplies again. Trust me, I can't buy one more thing. Not one more.

So. The room had 3 tables before the remodeling yesterday. The 6 foot and 4 foot folding tables are now in the garage, as are all of the 6 foot grids that were leaning on the walls. I wanted a cleaner look.

This entire arrangement has to be credited to Cathy. She did this in her family room, and I loved it. The bases are cubes we both have purchased over the years from Michael's. The top boards are in the shelving department at Menard's. Size of those boards is 23.5 inches wide, by 6 foot long. I now have a giant work surface in one spot. I am giddy.

My original plan was to take down the 2 white shelves on the wall, haul the second bookcase out of the closet, and place it to the left of the bigger base cubes for balance. I couldn't get the freaking drafting table out of the room. I hired movers in April, 2009 to haul my belongings from storage to this house, so I don't know if the table was together, in pieces, whatever. I could have removed the top and wiggled the base out by myself, but then the brain function kicked in and I thought of that corner with the sewing machine. Perfect.

Gracie now wanders around the entire desk wondering what happened, and Jake immediately walked thru the center to get to me. Too funny.

If you look above, there are empty spots between the cubes on the side. I ordered 4 more cubes on sale Friday. Cathy did the same. We both feel that the extra support is necessary. With a total of 12 cubes, all purchased at $20 each on sale, and the boards, $20 each, I have less than $300 in this work station. Have you priced large desks lately? And they don't have drawers.

I am very happy. Life is good.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Oh Boy

Why yes, there is a story here

Trying to develop my own girl for the new Danielle Donaldson class
I received a very nice gift from my Silver Sneaker classes in the form of a Visa card. I've held onto this since mid December, wanting to get something I truly needed. After stopping at Cathy's house the other day, I realized how old and uncomfortable my desk chair had become. So I purchased a new desk chair for the computer desk on sale at Office Depot. Brought that home, assembled it, had lunch and then sat in that chair for about a half hour at the computer. What a difference lumbar support and new padding make.

I knew I had purchased the last chair of that style at Office Depot, so off I went to Staples. Found another chair almost identical to the one at home, on sale, and bought it for the art studio. As always, Cathy is informed of where I am at and what I am buying, in case she needs to go out and buy something to match it. This is how we roll. It happens that Cathy did want a second chair for her craft/art room, and asked for the name of the one at Staples. I still had the box in the house, so as I walked towards the front door to take a pic, I said to the dogs something along the lines of "this is for Aunt Cathy".  Gracie then decided to stand guard because Aunt Cathy was going to come thru one of those doors. This is my life.

We have a winter storm watch. Either there will be 3 to 5 inches of snow, or 7 to 12 inches of snow, or 3 inches of ice. I started reorganizing the art studio last night. It is a mess, and I won't be able to work on any art until this is done. A great motivating factor, because of all those classes mentioned previously in this blog.

Stay safe.

Friday, January 18, 2019

This is what we do

11x15 Strathmore watercolor paper

Look at that face! She is pissed people!

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Yes, it is winter. Yes, we can't do yard work, go look at anything outdoors like gardens, and the days are mostly grey and depressing. What do we do? We (Cathy and I) buy online classes. It is rapidly reaching the point of lunacy. I don't think I have enough years left to take all of these classes.

Sewcrazi mentioned a class she took on the Ivy Newport website. I looked at that particular class, and the very next day it showed up in my Facebook feed on sale. Yes. THEY are everywhere. So I purchased one class at 30% off.

The next day I received an email about this marvelous concept called the Sketchbook Academy from Ivy Newton. For just the low price of $19 per month (you can cancel at any time), you receive unlimited access to every class on her website (55 as of today), and all future classes she lists, as long as you are paid for that month. PLUS you will receive a digital journal full of information monthly, and a monthly lesson. The individual class prices range from $57 to $77, so this really is a savings....

I called Cathy and explained this to her. We both joined that night. She wanted to take the Wandering Through Watercolor class by Natalie Mecham (see my work above. This is the first practice in that class). I wanted something else. Neither one of us are doing what we said we would, because HOLY COW! look at all of these classes! Plus the free January lesson!

I had already committed to the Danielle Donaldson year long Character Building journey, which launched yesterday.

The free 100 Day Project starts on Sunday, January 20th. I am once again making tags for 100 days.

Back up the cart. It never fails when I do start a new class, that the instructor states the obvious and I wonder why I never thought of that. Case in point, Natalie had us take a large 11x15 sheet of watercolor paper, make a 2 inch square template, and put 20 squares on the sheet. What you put in those squares is up to you. I have 3 faces, doodles, leaves, flowers, and 3 are just layers of color. There is a bear somewhere. The point is to learn your supplies. Get used to what colors work well together, which granulate, what you truly like. This could be adapted to acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, whatever. Great way to get some practice on drawing. Duh. It was a fun project.

Excuse me, I have classes to take.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

You don't know until you try it

I used an ad in Vanity Fair as my inspiration

Practicing loose faces, which I so need to do

I really like this set. Have to keep going

Too tight

Also too tight

In my altered journal 11x14

Finished with added water color

Some really tall dogs must have built this at the dog park

Jake is checking it out
I purchased a $5 hardbound sketch book, Artist Loft brand, at Michael's last week. The paper is not the best, but for just daily practice this will do fine. I like that the book opens to lay flat. Trying to get into the habit, at night, when I am watching tv to sketch for at least 30 minutes. I am also using this book to sketch out ideas for canvases and tags.

The girl in the altered book journal is once again inspired from a Sewcrazi video. She applied gesso to her journal page, then drew with a Prima graphite crayon 6B. Pam then dry brushed white acrylic paint on the face to blend the shading from the watered graphite, and I forgot to do that. Final step was limited palette water color. This face is way too long, but I wasn't after perfection, just learning the technique. Not bad, but certainly not good. Will keep trying.

The dogs and I enjoyed the bright sunshine and 34 degree temperature at the dog park yesterday afternoon. We lasted about 45 minutes. Walking in deep snow hurts my hip and back, and all of the benches were snow covered. I did clear most of them off so they would possibly dry out today. We all had a good time.

Enjoy your day.