“Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.” -Corita Kent
13 x 19 Charcoal – Moments
The older my children get the more I find they talk about childhood moments, and many times I am surprised by the moments that have had the most impact, or the ones that hold the greatest memories for them. It is those moments and the moments with other family and friends that mark time and have helped me become the person I am today.
Sketchbook Charcoal – Ram and Bear Cub
Working on the ram and bear cub this week reminded me of the larger bear cub charcoal Hide-and-Seek, which I did a couple years ago. Similar to this drawing, it was a story piece, incorporating expressions to bring about character of the subjects.
All those years of teaching writing have etched the all-too-familiar questions that help develop setting, character, motives, plot, etc. into my brain. What is the relationship between the bear cub and the ram? Is the ram annoyed, mischievous, or affectionate? How did the bear cub or ram end up in his current predicament? What happened just before? What will happen next? That is the general idea anyway.
As I was working on this sketch I came up with a couple storylines, however I have purposely left it untitled. Please feel free to come up with your own story idea. If you do send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear your story.
Jumbled, cluttered, whirlwind… If I could look inside my brain, I think I would see that exact chaotic mess of too many thoughts crashing around, each one vying for my attention. Okay, it’s probably not that bad. It is, however, essential for me to stop, breathe, prioritize, and refocus daily. Picking up my sketchbook helps me to regain this focus and be more productive.
This weekend I decided it was time for a sketch with less detail, using only a charcoal stick and eraser I set out to sketch a bald eagle. I blocked in most of the page with charcoal, being careful on the areas I knew would remain lighter. With my kneaded eraser I removed the excess charcoal to bring out the highlight areas. Easily completed in one sitting, this free-flowing method of drawing with charcoal is a great sketch break activity.
This week brings the return of routine, and the end of the laid-back pace of summer. Even though having a break from routine is great, the productive nature that a schedule fosters is necessary. I enjoyed exploring the culture and arts of Germany in July, found satisfaction in completing many home projects in August, and relished the quality time spent with family and friends over the summer months. I had grand intentions to develop new art techniques, thinking I would have so much free time. It was interesting how the “free time” was always filled with bike rides, walks, talks, coffee time, getting together with friends…I finally had more time for those activities.
I guess it would be safe to say that I am more productive when I have a routine to follow. So, back to routine and back to art. In spring I started experimenting with new charcoal techniques. I wanted to create more depth in Summer Days. Utilizing charcoal powder, I found I was able to accomplish what I set out to do. Picking up where I left off, I thought I would try the same thing with a small, simple piece.
Doors of Europe – Nippenburg
There are a few things I would do differently if I did this piece, or a similar one, again. Overall, I am happy with the different feels that powdered charcoal can create.
Each new season breathes new life into old. The new smells, sounds, sights, and events are rejuvenating and inspiring. To grow as an artist I find it important to learn through observation, experimentation, and to continue adding new techniques to old. Adding new elements keeps art exciting and pushes me forward to look for ways to create yet another effect. I am very happy with the result of the new procedures used in Summer Days.
Thanks again to the adorable Little B for being such a great little model and inspiration for this piece. Hope you enjoy.
New Limited Edition Prints
I am happy to announce that I will be selling two new limited edition art pieces at the Millarville Farmers’ Market on August 16th. The first piece is titled, Fallen Timber and is inspired from photos that my husband took at the family farm last year.
Original Graphite 20 x 13
The second drawing is a charcoal piece, which I will be posting next week. Watch for the update.
The Millarville Market on August 16th is also the Millarville Fair. Mark your calendar for this fun-filled day.
For this weeks sketch I decided I would try another Pen and Ink. The technique used is called stippling. Both pointillism and stippling use tiny dots to create an image. Pointillism uses primary colors and relies on the eye and the mind to blend them when viewed from a distance. Stippling uses dots to produce solid and shaded areas. I am finding this piece a lot of fun, but it is more time-consuming than a sketch. I have only posted a picture of the eye for the simple reason that the rest of the sketch has not yet been completed. 😉 Hoping to have the completed piece posted in the next couple days.
In the meantime, enjoy these pointillism pieces by Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul Signac. Make sure you stand back from the picture when you view it to get the full effect as the eye and the mind blend the colors.
I enjoy people’s life stories. Seeing this elderly woman made me wonder what her story might be. Drawn to her hand, I thought that it might make an interesting sketch. Looking back I think it was the entire look and demeanor of the woman that intrigued me (or maybe an over active imagination). I don’t think I got the complete story with this sketch.
As an exercise this sketch was valuable, and I guess that is part of the learning and growing process. …now, time to move on. 🙂
Charcoal Sketch 11 x 14