Year of the Spark

….another great on-line art class with Carla Sonnheim and Lynn Whipple

In December I signed up for a year long on-line art class with two great artists, Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple. The class is called Year of the Spark and twice a month each teacher presents a lesson and several fun assignments. So far the assignments have been designed to get our hands moving and look at art and drawing in new ways.

Carla’s first class had us drawing dozens of one line sketches of animals, flowers, and houses and then choosing one favourite and drawing it again using many different types of drawing tools. We had to choose one finished piece in the end and frame it. Here are some of my one liners and my framed piece.

IMG_3721 IMG_3722 IMG_3723As much as I liked my dog drawings I decided to elaborate on my birds.

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As you can see these drawings are intended to be fun and whimsical.

This week Lynn introduced us to pattern drawing and creating cards using people from old photos and a multitude of shapes of cut up papers. I’ve played with the pattern portion of the assignment but I haven’t yet started the card assignment.

The pattern assignment is a warm-up activity but I’m so addicted to this random doodling that it’s taking me hours to finish one page. Tomorrow I’m going to have to try to work faster and maybe use only watercolours to create my patterns. Keep it simple.

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9 thoughts on “Year of the Spark

    • I have to admit that I have become a little bird crazy. I want to do a whole series of birds in acrylic paint. I’ve bought and prepped the canvases. Now I just have to find the time to start them. I think ‘starting’ is the key.

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  1. Since I’ve always thought I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body, I’m always fascinated by other people’s talent. Are you a newbie or have you drawn / painted before now?
    I really like your bird sketches 🙂


    • Hi Joanne, when it comes to birds I’m definitely a newbie. I didn’t start drawing birds until last summer. For some reason I was always intimidated by the prospect of drawing them but once I started I found them very easy to do. Carla Sonheim’s classes have really helped me. Thanks for following me. I’m really looking forward to reading more of your work as well.

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