Saturday, February 22, 2014

Angry Crayons and Other Forms of Self Expression

     Today, I'm exploring the emotional impact of line and I decided to do it in, yep, crayon.   It's the same tool we used when we were little to express ourselves in pictures and create some of the purest art we've created until we learned to overthink things.  Used in the right way, it can still be expressive.  This is just a sampling of different lines and the feelings they can convey through the different kinds of marks.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Conversation of Lines

     Hello, all.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I was scheduled off and it ended up being one of those days where I turn the radio up, grab a sweet drink, and have several projects going at once.  It's times like this that I feel like I'm closest to being in my element.  That element involving the smell of paint, battered brushes in paint-splattered cups and tins, charcoal on my fingers, and a beat up old palette that's seen better days.
    I'm still working out of the book Expressive Drawing.  If you're a drawer, it's a good one to pick up.  I've found it helpful in my attempt to loosen up and try something new.  Today, I made a series of drawings exploring line and direction and the effect it has on mood, etc.  These three drawings were all made with charcoal and white gesso on canvas paper.  They're simple, but I like the sense of depth cause by the layering and obliteration of the gesso.  I learned some things then that I think I can expand on and I think that's the point of it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

An Exercise in Line and Weight




   Hi there.  Yes, I'm still here.  I'm still without a laptop, too.  The search is ongoing so if anyone has any recommendations for a photo editing laptop, I'd love to hear it.  And don't say Mac Book Pro.  I've heard that from several people, but they're too expensive.   Anyway, for your viewing pleasure I've posted the result of today's drawing exercise.  It deals with line and weight.  I know they're not that exciting, but I'm doing something so I'll call that a victory.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Line Samplers

     It starts how it always does: I get a new book and decide I'm going to do all the exercises.  This time, I was off to a pretty good start.  I've posted the results so far to prove it... at least to myself if no one else.  Maybe you noticed the lull.  It was mainly due to my laptop "all but losing it."  It had become increasingly unresponsive and, after getting a second opinion, I think it's time to put it out to pasture. However, it's not the only computer in the house so here I am again.  And here are the results from an exercise/workshop/thing I did towards the end of last month.  It's a study of line and surface using various traditional drawing media.  Sometimes, when you need to figure out how to get going again, it's good to get back to basics. 

Mixed media on drawing paper.

Mixed media on watercolor paper.