“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
The class will run the week of July 27-31, 2015. It’s for kids (especially!), but also teachers, homeschoolers, parents, grandparents, or anyone who has access to a child and/or wants to tap in to the child inside!
If you sign up, no questions asked about your age!
Ta Da! Here’s the final FairyLand book.Although I didn’t have the imagination/energy/where-with-all to contribute do take a look – it’s charming, the pictures are wonderful and what people think is “magic”, although inspired, may be diagnostically significant!!!!
The Magic Horse is our new fairy tale. Gotta draw 11,000 horses with my eyes closed, one-liners and scribbly. Every since our 7 week summer hiatus I’ve not gotten my drawing-umph back. But here are 6 of the 11,000 horseys drawn with my eyes closed. We are suppose to pick one that is our favorite to paint.
The last fairy tale The Twelve Brothers was too morbid for me – too much pathos – but The Twelve Dancing Princesses is my kinda story!
The Twelve Princesses are 12 very sneaky princesses. Every night they secretly leave their castle to dance to dawn until their shoes are worn out and then they sneak back to bed. The only evidence every morning is a pile of their worn-through shoes . . . .
Mixed media, pastel chalk and pencil, The 12 Dancing Sneaky Princesses
Pencil sketch of One Dancing Princess – won’t show her face
Our new fairy tale is The Twelve Brothers by The Brothers Grimm. The Brothers GRIMM live up to their name. I DO NOT LIKE this fairy tale – BAAAAD king wanting to kill his own kind, evil x 12. We are supposed to read it 3 times. (Thank goodness 3 and not 12!).
I know, I know . . . all fairy tales have curses and eviland such but for some reason this one unsettled me even though it has the proverbial happy ending. Maybe there are tooooooo many brothers . . . Maybe it is tooooooo parallel to the murdering of “own kind” all over the world . . .Maybe I’m getting verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry sensitive in my “old age” . . . just maybe . . .
Even the drawing part is overwhelmingto me since there are 12 prince brothers to draw.
(This “posing prince” is Carla Sonheim’s son Wes!)
Our first drawing assignment is 24 quick sketches of PRINCELY POSES, courtesy of Wes.
Doddling while watching mindless TV. (When I’m fatigued I find myself sitting and watching mindless T.V. HGTV is my favorite channel – no violence, swearing, mayhem or pestilence.) Decided to take advantage of my mindlessness and mindlessly doodles. Through NO intention I ended up with a forest of fleurs which goes with the French Fairy tale “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon” (My favorites below are #2 & 3 – I like it simpler)
Fleurs of the Forest #4
Before #4 I doodled with black marker
Fleurs of the Forest, #3
Cut out fleurs arranged on blank paper.
Fleurs of the Forest, #2
Doodle #1. UGLY! – so I cut out the fleurs (hate to waste ANYTHING)
Doodle Fleurs, #1 – SEE! I told you it was mindless.
In case you want to refresh your memory here are links for my other illustrations for “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon”
The last Princess & the Pea assignment was to create 20 different compositionsand then pick one to paint using a credit card. I was stuck – none of my compositions appealed to me. Well . . . truthfully there were a few that I liked . . . I just didn’t think I could paint them with a credit card . . .
Looking through my stash of paperI came across this unfinished watercolor from Jan 30, 1989.
The date of the class I took was on the back(I remember I dropped out because watercolor was too difficult) The paper tape that held the wet paper on the board was still there.
This month’s fairy tale is the Princess and the Pea.If you remember, the old queen tests to see if the bedraggled girl the prince is to marry is a REAL Princess. She puts a pea under 20 mattresses and twenty eider-down beds. If the girl is a REAL princess she will feel the pea as she sleeps.
I feel discomfort at everything in bed at night: slightly bunched up night-gown, the buttons on the mattress tufting, a hard pillow pressing my ear. All this time I thought it was fibromyalgia sensitivity to pressure. Turns out I must be a REAL Princess!
(Assignment is to do vignettes of possible “bed scenes”)
I identify with the ostrich. My neck is rather short. My legs are not refined. In danger, like my friend the ostrich, I can’t fly. At my age the best I do is ruffle my feathers and slowly walk away on my short unrefined legs.
My “ostrichness” is above the neck. I frequently stick my head in the sand. It’s gets more and more gritty the older I get.
I act like I’m still 30 years old. (I pick 30 because I was a tiny bit smarter than 20 and a lot more energetic than 40). Now that I’m in my 60’s, after running around like I’m 30, I go to bed for the same number of days, resting my old, short unrefined legs after first washing sand out of my mouth.
Postscript: I’m going to have to pick another animal to identify with. I just made the mistake of googling;“To dispel the ancient libel, ostriches do not bury their heads when faced with danger–a species that did so would hardly be able to survive for more than 120 million years. They do, however, stretch their long necks flat on the ground when they sleep; from a distance, it can look as though their heads are buried”. (How Stuff Works)
ANCIENT, that’s the last thing I needed to hear.
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This post inspired by Rosemary Lee for including an ostrich in her fibromyalgia post at SEEKING EQUILIBRIUM a
Challenge yourself to do an art EXPERIMENT for 10 minutes. This is NOT about making anything beautiful, recognizable, realistic. It’s about giving your inner critic time off, and letting go of inhibition and expectation. Just jump in and scribble, dribble or smear.
For all of you who say “I can’t draw” – REMEMBER! This is an EXPERIMENT!
A box of crayons, or cheap paint or marking pens – anything that you’ve got on hand.
Cheap paper – and I mean CHEAP. Cut up paper grocery bags, junk mail paper (If you use junk mail just color right on top of the printing), copy paper . . .
A timer – kitchen timer, watch alarm or just a clock.
Take a look at the 8 minute demo video that inspired this postOR follow my Negative Space Experiment tutorial below.
Set the timer for 10 minutes and draw, scribble, smush, swipe and color. When 10 minutes is up stop.
(Diane Culhane, the video teacher, is using expensive acrylic paint. Don’t let that stop you.Cheap craft paint, crayons, oil pastels, chalk, watercolor – anything works.)
Here’s my Experiment with crayon and copy paper in 5 easy steps (5th is optional):
Betty Blobfish: “Hopefully next time she’ll resist”
5. Crumble it up and throw it away!
. . . or frame it.
If you use paint: smear paint with your fingers and/or make-up sponges – not brushes. It’s much freer and stops you from having EXPECTATIONS!
Crayons take a bit more elbow grease: Break them, Peel them and Color with the mostly with the side of the crayon. Use the lighter colors for the first layer. For the negative space (second layer) pick dark colors, press hard to go over the first layer.
Continue layering with different colors – as many as you want – just see what happens.
For those of you with multiple chemical sensitivity watercolor is the way to go. With water-color, as with crayon, use light colors for your first layer. Use darker/deeper colors for the negative space and splash away!
Experimenting with Yupo paper is part of this month’s assignment. Yupo is slick, non absorbent – kinda like photo-paper – and “not cheap”.
The water-color paint does strange and interesting things on the paper and most of it isn’t in your (read MY) control.
I started with the intention of doing flowers (from the 100 flowers we are to draw – I’ve not done 100 but am pooped out on flowers for the moment).
I “flung” water-color at the paper in a devil-may-care manner pretending it didn’t matter if I ruined a sheet of expensive paper . . .
The more I looked the weirder it got.I saw all kinds of faces & critters in the strange shapes. So I emphasized the faces I saw with pencil and here is Yupo #1, my kind of fairy-garden . . . and I am, I swear, completely sober.
In my loooooooosening upefforts I’ve added 18 more fleurs to my botanical collection. I’m trying to do them more quickly and not focus on doing them “just right” – but I notice I get tighter the more I draw. Herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre they are!
In case you’ve not noticed, we are encouraged to use flower images that are a bit non – traditional.
Several have asked what The Fairy Tale Assignment is for this month. It’s French: “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon” I’d never heard of it so it’s a nice discovery. It’s full of flora and fauna. And that’s what we are drawing flora and fauna.
Who said a leopard can’t change its spots!!!!??????
Whoops . . . wrong mammal . . .
Talk about changing spots: I’m trying to loooooooosen my grip on the pencil a bit. Find I’m concentrating too much and taking too much time trying to “get it right” and that’s NOT FUN, it’s work. Moo cow was my first sacrifice to looooooosening up. He doesn’t seem to care if he has spots or not.
An example of how circuitously my mind works. Year of the Fairy Tale’s first assignments focus on a well-known fairy tale – The Frog Princess.
Reading that fairy tale inspired me to write a Fairy-Poem which inspired me to draw cows (My Fairy-Poem has a cow) which inspired me to write a “pome”.
Here’ my non-dominant hand moo-cow drawings which were inspired by my fairy-poemwhich was inspired by The Frog Princesswhich was inspired by The Year of the Fairy Tale which inspired the new “pome”. (as you can see – not only is my thinking circuitous it’s also redundant)
Moo Cow Pome
Hey diddle diddle the cow in the middle is strange as she can be She has no udder tho she’s a mudder and as oblivious as can be
Decided to start the year out smiling. So I am taking SILLY 3, an on-line class with Carla Sonheim.
Every day for a month Carla sends a stupid, er silly, worksheet out which you color, doctor, rearrange, derange, interpret in a stupid, er silly, way. I took Carla’s Silly 2 and it was really fun being SILLY. AND! It’s cheap, er inexpensive. If you’re interested here’s the link.