There’s a phenomena going on in the sketching world called Urban Sketching. People, from all over the world, gather in public places and sketch whatever is in front of them .
You sketch fast, just trying to get an impression rather than an exact likeness. Coffee shops are a favorite place for Urban Sketchers because the people aren’t moving quite as quickly as on the street or a football field.
I live in the suburbs where life is a bit slower and so is the sketching. Here’s a few of my
I know, I KNOW, you’ve missed me this past week(I do NOT want to know if you didn’t). In my life long effort to be better focused I tried to cut down on my computer time . . . browsing the internet, reading blog posts, watching videos, reading the news . . . AND posting. It really worked except for browsing the internet, reading blog posts, watching videos and reading the news.
With all the time I’ve gained by not postingI’ve been gardening and messing around with sketching. I tried (tried being the operant word) to use my new pastels to do a realistic portrait.
The lady I drew (using a famous portrait as a reference) was so ugly I was embarrassed to show her in public. So I just had fun and gave her a cosmetic make-up. The background got to be so ugly and muddied I just cut it away. She’s no beauty either but I had nothing else to post . . .
Now that I’ve posted I’m on to browsing the internet, reading blog posts, watching videos and reading the news.
I’ve been taking a portrait painting class with Peggy Nicols and it’s very difficult. Now I’m inspired to work harder because Carol Cormier taught her FIRST GRADERS to do portraits! You’ve got to check out more great drawings of Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Kahlo!
Click here to see ALL the first graders portraits at:
The journal process is a metaphor for layers and layers of experiences, feelings and thoughts of our lives; Some things covered up; Bits and pieces of others showing through; Each layer enriching the next; Forever creating who we are.
The pages are layered more and more with stacked writing, collage, spontaneous poetry, faux sketching, paint, stencils, torn paper, tissue paper, magazine images, words, tissue paper, stenciling, markers, foil, torn paper, cut paper, scribbles, scratches, doodles and all things creative.
(The colors in the slides are not as rich and deep as the originals — I’m having trouble with iphoto)
Here’s a wonderful expression of feelings. The drawing was done several years ago but it can be looked at again and again. Each time it will “speak”, deepening the understanding of both the past, present and the connection between the two.
AND even though it is someone else’s drawing YOU will be able to find meaning for YOURSELF.
See what it says to you about your life, your circumstances. What do the 4 tears on the cheeks represent to you. Where is she looking – outward? inward? past? future? What is she looking AT. And how does that pertain to your life?
Here’s what Maureen said about her picture:
“This drawing was actually done a few months before I got on disability (3 years ago) and shows all the various things I was sad and worried about at the time.
Doing a bit of drawing was one of the different ways I used to help deal with the unknown. The teardrop at the bottom left has an hourglass in it. I’m looking at it and it seems like and old, eaten apple.” Maureen Ryan
Check out Wendy’s new blog! Here’s what she’s doing in her own words and a few of her scribble pictures. She explains the exercises that YOU can try too!
P.S. Check out the polka-dotted fingernails that coordinate with the bikini top on her blog.
Why Create To Heal?
“Art can be therapeutic.
I am not an Art Therapist, I am simply someone who uses art to help deal with the day to day trials of living with a chronic illness.
My goal is to create something every day! Draw, Paint, Make a Collage, Take a Picture, Create a Recipe…anything.
I may not be able to post every day. However, I will try to post every thing I’ve created. (so some days you may get one day’s worth of creation, other days you may get many.)
When one lives with a chronic illness some days it can be hard to accomplish anything. Having this goal to create something every day, gives me something to strive for. It also gives me an outlet to share how living with a chronic illness affects me.”
I just finished a drawing class – The Art of Silliness. Having fun is my #1 drug of choice!
The instructor, Carla Sonheim known as the Squeen = Silly + Queen, gave an assignment to find her a new pet. Since she often had tiny ants on her assignment sheets I decided a Pet Ant was just what she needed.
She gave us an assignment to draw her a new pair of glasses. I decided that what the Squeen needed was a pair of Pet Glasses. (Actually I didn’t have time to draw anything new!)
We got extra credit if we posted a picture wearing the glasses. I ALWAYS want extra credit!