Today in Karen Abend’s Sketchbook Revival class we were introduced to Mary Beth Shaw who is a journal artist. She took us from a doodle sketch done in pencil to an abstract spread using collage, ink and acrylic paint. It was a fun process and a great way to start a painting when you have no idea what you want to paint. Here is my day’s artistic endeavour.
….when you don’t know what to paint start with a blob of colour
Today was the first day of Sketchbook Revival, another on-line free series of classes to get your creative juices to flow. The program is hosted by Karen Abend and today’s guest artist is one of my favourite teachers, Carla Sonheim.
Carla started by encouraging all artists to journal daily with what she calls box journalling. Basically she draws a box in her journal and divides it into sections and writes and draws in the different spaces. She writes random thoughts, to do and idea lists and draws doodles in one of the smaller squares. All of these help give her inspiration for the rest of her day. She also finds it very meditative.
Blob drawings are a great way to start making art when you’re in a rut and don’t know what you want to paint. You literally lay down a blob of paint onto paper and smear it or spread it in a random fashion with a credit card or palette knife. Here are two examples of blobs that I have laid down on the pages of my sketchbook.
Later this evening I will probably turn then around and see what animal or creature I see and start adding detail with a black marker or with ink. For the one that I just finished I used a water based ink so that I could go back in with a wet brush and add shading by just going over the black lines.
In my first blob I clearly saw a bird flying through the air. Here is my finished piece.
….beginning with exercise painting using mixed media
My first painting was my name collage where I used collaged papers, acrylic paint, art Graf and white ink. For my second exercise piece I laid down colour blobs instead of paper to start my piece and then drew in random lines with my graphite crayon. I layered in more colour, using mostly Payne’s Grey, Azo orange and white. I dabbed on some cyan acrylic ink and stencilled in some dots and circles. Towards the end I scribbled random text over the entire piece using a 4B pencil and added some dark grey and highlights of white to complete the piece. Not sure that this is done. The next lesson will determine where I go with this.
I was away for four days at the cottage. Even though much of my time was spent cleaning the cottage and clearing the leaves around the cottage I did manage to do some art. Here is my second doodle art piece complete with line detail.
I was up till the wee hours of the morning painting these two pieces with acrylic paint. I couldn’t stop until I was done. The only reason I didn’t proceed to stage three was because the paint needed to dry. Just as well; I had to get up early today to go to my volunteer job to bake about 100 loaves of bread.
I went back to some of the one-liner birds that I had done and decided to redraw two of them onto the taped and collaged background that I created yesterday. After I lightly drew the shape onto the collaged surface I took acrylic white paint and filled in the shape. After it dried completely I used a Koi Colouring Brush Pen in black and outlined the shape and added a few details. I then applied some water with a brush to the black marks to soften them and create shadow.