Winner of the Red Picasso Dog is #23, Ellen Goodloe!
It’s “show-and-tell” time again! (Even though my to-do list is long, and I really shouldn’t, I can’t resist showing you these recent characters from my sketchbook.)
They are made with PanPastel Artist Pastels, ballpoint pen, and eraser (the eraser is very important!).
All three birds started from random applications of the pastels, and then I would smoosh the pigment around with the eraser until something presented itself.
But the dog — heh heh — started as a quick sketch of a blob of tar on the sidewalk while walking with my family… I think I even missed a green light because of it! (But it was worth it, don’t you think?)
The winner of the Picasso Dog piece from this post is:
Commenter #11, Marie!!! Send me your address and I’ll send it out!
* * * * * *
Look for another art giveaway on Thursday (winner will be picked Friday), and a Special Drawing Assignment tomorrow!
More Watercolor Transfers on fabric, this time with ballpoint pen added.
I MIGHT be getting over my fear of sketchbooks/art journals. In recent years I’ve started so many journals only to abandon them the minute I ruin a page. More recently I couldn’t work in books at all, I was so blocked. (This was sad for me because I started out 15 years ago making artist books, and so I really do love the book format!)
My solution was to draw on single sheets of 8.5″x11″ cover stock, or 5″x7″ sheets of Fabriano watercolor paper (140#, hot press). However recently I thought I’d try again, and bought a 9″x12″ spiral bound blank book with watercolor-like paper in it.
It’s working! Somehow, the fact that I can rip out a page if needed (since it’s spiral bound) has freed me up a lot. I’m actually drawing in a book again. Wow!
The above dog is a re-worked “one-liner.”
I can’t help it. I just need to share what I’ve been working on this week, even though I probably shouldn’t (it’s for the drawing book…). This “Picasso Dog” exercise always produces wildly different and incredibly wonderful results from both kids and adults. Here’s another:
You may not really like them, but I am L O V I N G them for some reason! I want to do 1,000.
And if you DO like them, the exercise will be in the book!!!
Some thoughts wrote hastily from a 1959 book, The Joy of Drawing by Gerhard Gollwitzer. I found it at the Buena Vista library (nearby, smaller, town). My notes in red.
For a child, rules for the game are rules for living.
Create “obstacles” for yourself with definite exercises which restrain you from completely free play and thereby give your drawing sense and form. (This is so in line with my own thinking regarding drawing “assignments!”)
A drawing should be finished in every stage of completion. It should grow from a large totality into the richer, more detailed parts. Never lose yourself in details and never start with them.
Drawing is not merely reproducing something visible but experiencing deeper intellectual and spiritual joys.
It is always drawing-lesson time, even if you are not drawing. (Meaning, you can observe and “draw” with your eyes…)
Look at objects as if you have never seen them before.
Is anyone else having a hard week? I am just all out of whack: Allergies, deadline stress, depression, house in shambles due to construction… driving to BV and finding this book was the only thing I got done all day. Now the boys are watching a movie but, since I’m feeling ever so slightly more myself, I am going to try and get something done.
Have a great weekend, everyone!!