Creativity Challenge – Days 10 and 11

….thanks to Rainee for hosting the 30 Day Creativity Challenge

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.

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Creativity Challenge – Days 7 and 8

….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.C194D2F9-459E-4475-BE9C-355CF5DDDA8A30F67ADC-61E2-4736-A7C1-AFE400C578B0

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.

Day 5 of the Creativity Challenge

….I picked up my inks and pens for this one

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.AD747B4F-E142-4138-8D53-98AEED876FE7

Thanks to All About Words for hosting The 30 Day Creativity Challenge

365 Days of Art – Days 27 and 28

….finishing with my renovation and painting beets

One of the things that I needed to do was finish putting together my set of drawers for all my art papers and art pads, palettes, plexiglass pieces, paper trimmers, assorted papers and magazines for collage and the 101 bits and pieces of stuff that I have collected over the years for my art. So one of my art days was taken up with assembling the drawers and organizing my materials.

Once that was done I was able to sit down and paint another pattern from Lisa Congdon’s class over at Creative Bug. This one is a pattern of beets. On the weekend I finally purchased a set of gouache paints. They’re a little more opaque than watercolours. These patterns aren’t as easy as Lisa makes them look. I definitely need more practice.

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365 Days of Art – Geometric Doodle

….day 24

I went back to Creative Bug and decided to attempt another pattern done in watercolour. This one was pretty open ended. Lisa Congdon encouraged us to try and not copy her piece but come up with our own colours and shapes. I think I’d like to try this with acrylics next time or maybe even do one in collage.

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365 Days of Art – Days 14 and 15

….still getting inspiration from Lisa Congdon on Creative Bug

Days 14 and 15 are patterns with watercolour. The first is nautical flags. Not my favourite to date but a good exercise in painting geometric shapes freehand. The second one is a bold floral was more fun to do. I wouldn’t mind playing around with this one by trying it with different shapes and colours.

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365 Days of Art – Day 13

…..more patterns from Creative Bug

This latest pattern that I worked on from Lisa Congdon’s daily videos was the Matisse pattern of fern leaves. The recommendation was to use gauche paints but at the moment I don’t have any here at home. I think I left the ones that I have up at the cottage which is probably not a good thing because they will probably freeze over the winter. In fact, they are probably frozen solid already.

I used watercolours but I can see why she recommends gouache. Watercolours are very translucent where the gouache paints are much more opaque.

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365 Days of Art – Mostly Red

…..day 10…playing with patterns

I’ve subscribed to Creative Bug for a few years now and I love the variety of classes you can take. There are knitting, quilting, watercolour, acrylic, sketching, photography, weaving and sewing classes, just to name a few. You can try it out for free and if you like it you can subscribe for about $6.00 a month. Classes that you really like you can hold in your own personal library to pull up whenever you want.

The latest class that I’m following is demonstrated by Lisa Congdon and I love her work. Every day for a month she is filming a video challenge on pattern drawing using watercolours or gauche. Yesterday I worked on a chevron pattern and a harlequin pattern.

https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/daily-painting-challenge-31-patterns-to-paint?auto=1

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