I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.
::: Andrew Wyeth ::
Everyday I am observing everything that surrounds me. When I am in the store I am looking at the way clothes are designed, handbags are made, and the art desgins that cover just about everything. The other day at church a friend of mine was carrying a Nordstrom shopping bag. The kind that is made out of a brown bag material and has a paper handle, the kind that ends up in the trash a few days later. I pulled her to the side and asked if I could take pictures of it. I loved the illustrations that was on it. She gave me a look as if I was crazy, but she still allowed me to take pictures. Her comment was, “I must be an artist because she didn’t even notice the cute animals on it.” I have no idea how she didn’t see them. Look at this owl it’s so cute.
This got me thinking about how other people think. I wonder if anyone else looks at the world and wonders how they can re-create what they are looking at. From clothes to shoes to even buildings I am always wondering how can I make that in my own way.
Each week I plan on updating you as to what I did as an artist. What discoveries I made, who or what did I discovered, and what I am working on. My desire is that you will be inspired and maybe learn something new too. I am going to call this section A well spent week=happy sleep. It’s from the quote from Leonardo da Vinci, “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” If you have suggestions or comments I would love to hear them. I believe that being an artist is a discipline that you will never reach the top of all knowledge. Everyday if you look hard enough there will be something new to learn.
A WELL SPENT WEEK=HAPPY SLEEP
- I was able to work on the first lab in Drawing for Mixed Media Artist. I drew so many cats that I started to draw them dead on their backs and crosses for their eyes. That’s when I knew I had drawn enough. I did create a few I really like and plan on using them some day. It taught me that if you draw something enough times you eventually draw something good.
- Went to Michaels with my coupon to get a frame for a piece of work I create a while ago. Getting something custom framed can be super expensive. After stressing and stressing over it I found an oversized frame and decided to cut my own mat. Seeing my art work in a frame for the first time brought tears to my ears. I’m such an emotional girly girl sometimes.
- When visiting Guiry’s my local art store I found some fabulous handmade papers. I also grabbed some purple indian ink. I started on two paintings that I am doing on the papers. It’s turning out so amazing I can’t wait to see what they look like when I am done.
- This week was the first Friday of the month which means ART WALK. If you live in Denver you have to go to the Sante Fe Art walk. It is a street full of galleries and they all have an open house on the same night. I love going and meeting the other artist. Looking at all the art gives me inspiration and drive to go to my studio and create something great.
WHAT I LEARNED
- Indian ink watered down on banana paper is not very bright. Almost like a watercolor.
- When creating art work you may want to think about making it fit into a standard size. This will save time and money when you go frame it.
Happy creating Go Crazy