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    Curiosity + Oil Pastels (#2)

    "Alice had got so much into the way
    of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way
    things to happen, that it seemed quite dull
    and stupid for life to go on in the common way."
    — Lewis Carroll

    don't forget to play with your art (in photoshop)

    More oil colors in the 5x8" moleskine (check out the first experiment in Curiosity + Oil Pastels). I used color shapers and white eraser to blend the circles, this time adding color in several layers, then blending, then a little color here and there.

    Lots of potential experiments... shading with tortillons, trying oil pastels over gesso, or as a resist with watercolor or acrylic.

    So it turns out that student and artist quality oil pastels are like turnips and mangoes; pentel is not a mango. I might order a handful of Sommeliers, because I'm really curious what they'd be like. I wonder if they are like butter...



    Morning Mandalas

    "If our condition were truly happy,
    we would not seek diversion from it
    in order to make ourselves happy."
    ~Blaise Pascal

    Enjoying an hour a few mornings each week to draw in the fresh not-yet-sweltering air while the kids learn to play tennis. Aside from the lawn mowers + fresh cut grass, which I could do without, I'm a happy camper. I draw, happy in my own little world, life and tennis balls swirling around me.



    "Read not to contradict and confute,
    nor to believe and take for granted,
    nor to find talk and discourse,
    but to weigh and consider."
    ~ Francis Bacon

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen


    It's About Drawing, Not The Drawing

    "Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homy restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city."
    ~Bill Bryson

    It's hard to be unconfident in your work. It's hard to be a beginner. These are some impromptu sketches of our little manekins (girlekins) and a camera on top of the book Bird by Bird. It's drawing practice.

    Angles and perspective are so confusing! I'm directionally challenged to begin with. If I have to follow directions like, "go west on Boardwalk, then go north at the light at Park Place, there's little chance that I will wind up at Go without any landmarks.

    But I'm trying to focus on small successes. I'm happy that the pen does what I want it to do more often than it used to. I just don't know what I want it to do.

    For those of you who sketch, do you just have a "feel" for your lines, or are you thinking mindfully about what to do next? Do you look at the page as you draw? Do you work from the top to the bottom? Main subject outward? Do you find yourself following the same general process with each drawing? For example, I start 85% of my mandalas in the center with a circle. I don't sketch frequently enough to have any sort of process.


    Impromptu Mandala Class

    "The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above."
    ~Cyril Connolly

    The girls had friends over to play, bringing the household kid total to 5 for the entire day. After lunch, the girls wanted to draw, and my younger daughter suggested teaching everyone how to draw a mandala. So an impromptu mandala drawing class came together! The girls were really excited to learn, asking lots of questions, the younger ones verifying that they were doing it "right" (and me reiterating that there is no right). When we finished the first mandala, discussing as we went, they jumped immediately into a second!

    I didn't show them any of mine until after we were finished, as I didn't want to skew the process. I just drew a simple mandala, walking them through the process, with the girls choosing their own symbols throughout. They named their work in funky lettering as well! I've got to tell you, my heart was jumping around, I was so happy to see their curiosity and focus in creating their mandalas.

    When moms came to pick up the kids, they were so cute, showing off their creations. I snapped some pix before they left. I think their mandalas are really cool!



    Little Houses in Pencil

    "Those who dream by day
    are cognizant of many things
    which escape those
    who dream only by night."
    ~Edgar Allen Poe


    my daughter (8) drew streets lined with houses, whose paths lead to the street and on to a courtyard

    there's a park, a nature trail, even a zoo

    it was fun to draw on the floor

    my city in progress

    my older daughter (10) drew a 3D city with a looser style, magical names and all sorts of things going on

    Here's an example of doing art and letting the kids curiosity lead them to work with you. I pulled out a pencil and a huge 18x24" drawing pad and set everything on the floor and started to draw roads. The girls wandered over and asked if they could draw cities as well, remembering our past map projects. So the three of us drew cities on paper, lounging on the living room floor.

    This has been so engaging that the girls have each drawn 2-3 maps. I drew one, cuz I'm slower!

    I learned that I really don't like working in pencil. Erasing is certainly a bonus, but I find pitt pens so precise, so smooth, so non-smudgy! My map and hands are smudged w/graphite. I am used to a crisp white background. I worked in pencil because I figured the girls would want to work in pencil.

    Cloudy days mean blah photos. I've taken these shots 3x, all sucky.


    Step #916: Photograph Your Art

    "Conversation is food for the soul."
    Mexican Proverb

    Everyone has a different process for capturing their work. I can share what I do. I like to photograph art outside in the early to mid-morning or early evening. I place the artwork on the ground below me and I photograph from above. I also capture some shots at interesting angles to share the texture in some of my pages. In Texas there is lovely sun year-round, so I photograph outdoors in natural light. The images of artwork that you see on Daisy Yellow are photos rather than scans. I think the texture is better captured in the photos. 

    Here's more in the step-by-step art journaling series.



    “Your idea of bliss is to wake up on a Monday morning knowing you haven't a single engagement for the entire week. You are cradled in a white paper cocoon tied up with typewriter ribbon.”
    ~ Edna Ferber

    5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen

    A mysterious package tied with twirly silk ribbons.