Lesson two of 2020: Words and Pictures was taught by a new instructor, Martha Rich. Our assignment is to draw or doodle a page of thoughts and pictures of things we hear and see. We are suppose to use a black brush pen and just go for it. It’s not the quality of the work that matters here but the quantity. Once I got over the insecurity of drawing without being able to erase and using such a bold marker I started to enjoy the process. Here are the first four pages from my sketch book.
Yesterday I continued working on a baby blanket for the new grandchild that is due to arrive next week. Sometimes I need to take a break from drawing or painting and do something else. I’ve also been reading quite a bit. The book is due back tomorrow so I’ll be going back to that after I complete this post.
I’ve just completed my third art piece around the saying ‘This is impossible to read but it was fun to make.’ My inspiration came from watching Lesson two for the 2020: Pictures and Words year long class hosted by Carla Sonheim. The teacher for this class has us doing something very different but I was mesmerized by her glasses and decided to use her as my subject for this drawing. Thanks Martha.
Today I finally got around to starting my first assignment for the year long on-line course called 2020: Words and Pictures. Carla Sonheim’s first lesson was taking a phrase and creating at least three different art pieces using any medium we wanted. The phrase is:
‘This might be impossible to read but it was fun to make.’
I kept writing the phrase from the centre of a circle and just kept going and going, around and around. In the end I decided to add some collage detail and write the phrase one more time.
Rainee has completed her 30 days but you may want to start your own creativity challenge. I’m starting to make some simple drawings in my sketchbook again. I’m using mostly ink right now and taking inspiration from Lisa Congdon over at Creative Bug.
Although Rainee has completed her 30 days I’m only on day 9. Today my creative activity was taking in the creativity of others. I made a trip to the Women’s Art Association of Canada in Toronto and took in the new show called Flow. I was truly inspired by the work of these amazing artists.
….thanks to Rainee from All About Words for hosting the 30 Day Creativity Challenge
I painted a nautilus shell on day 7 but wasn’t terribly thrilled with it so I tried it again on day 8.
Amazing what a difference slowing down can make. I should have listened to Lisa Congdon more carefully the first time I tried this exercise but then for most of us we need to practice and do things over and over again to get better.
On Creative Bug there are numerous daily creative challenges for all kinds of art and craft projects. I usually go to the drawing and painting section but I have used some of their knitting patterns and DIY projects. I went back to one of my favourite artists on Creative Bug, Lisa Congdon for her 31 Days of Drawing and Painting with Ink Challenge.
For today’s creative project I chose to paint Barnacles. You start with a light layer of ink and then add lines in a pattern that resembles a barnacle. It is very meditative.