Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rain, Rain Go Away...

It's been raining for two weeks now. It's not even the start of rainy season yet. The sun has hardly made an appearance this month. Don't get me wrong, I love the rain. A good rainy day can wash all the gunk off, make you slow down and take a breather. When I can't go out and take pictures, I stay in and do art. I'm still working mostly in my art journals and have been kicking up my technical drawing skills. It's been fun, but I miss getting out with the camera. Hopefully, this week, I'll get to greet the sun again and head out for some picture-taking. Until then, here is what I've worked on this week and I hope it inspires you all to keep learning and practicing your art, in whatever medium you love. :)

Apple & Pear
Moleskine Watercolor

Watercolor Mixing Chart

My First Barbie
Mixed Media, Moleskine Art Journal

Draping Practice

Draping Practice 2
Watercolor, Gouche and Colored Pencils

Technical Drawing vs. Sketching
You can see the difference on body shape and proportion. 

Here are three nature drawings where I practiced my mark making with pen in anticipation of adding watercolor at a later time. Once I started the mark-making process, I found I couldn't was so fun!

As the start of summer approaches, the time for creativity begins to shrink for me as guests start arriving for vacations, I start making my own travel plans and we tackle some remodeling projects. I'm hoping to continue this creative flow I've found lately and keep squeezing in art whenever I have a free day. What have you all been working on this month? Do share! :)


Nichole Renee said...

So THAT'S what you've been up to!

So sorry that it's been all rainy and gloomy...but it has done wonders for your artwork! I love the journal pages about your first Barbie. Wonderful!

And I love seeing your works in progress, especially the difference between technical drawing and sketching. I think I'll be digging my old drawing books out this summer!!

Bravo, Laura!

Floyd V. Doc DeVore said...

Really like the Eagle and Butterfly.

Alex said...

The first Barbie journal page captures me. I love everything about it. Of course I am a BIG Barbie fan.

Your butterfly sketch looks like it may fly right off the page.

Unusual Girl Studios said...

I'm in love with your seaside girls and your Barbie- awesome colors on the Barbie!

Laura said...

Thank you so much everyone! I hope you all are inspired to sneak some of your own creativity into the week ahead!

Catherine... said...

Hi Laura, wow, fantastic artwork...especially love the eagle head. I'm trying to squeeze in artwork where I can...I'm on a very boring course at the moment...grrr...saps the creative energy right out of me... :( I need to find time to catch up on my art courses...

Laura said...

I understand that energy sap Catherine! I've got people coming on vacation and remodeling going on between now and November! It's going to get even harder to squeeze in art but we must try and continue to motivate each other! :)

Tammie Lee said...

Hello Laura,

so wonderful to see all your art and the beautiful pieces you are creating! quite inspiring.

could you tell me what "mark-making process" is? you caught my attention with your enthusiasm for it.

Laura said...

Thanks Tammie! It's just using a pencil or as I prefer, a pen, to make a bunch of different style marks on a drawing which gives it texture, depth and form. It's fun and any mark is game: loops, scribbles, scratches, hatches, x's and o''s all about being loose and free with the instrument!

Tammie Lee said...

thanks for answering Laura. your marks are wonderful.