….thanks to Carla Sonheim for reintroducing the art of sidewalk cracks
Carla has once again offered a week of free lessons for kids of all ages. This week her lessons are focusing on the cracks we find in sidewalks and creating animals, creatures, people or anything else we see in these cracks. Try it, it’s fun.
The lowly pencil is often overlooked as a writing and/or art tool. On my recent trip to London I noticed numerous artists sketching the marble statues in the V&A gallery so I decided to try my hand at it. I frequently sketch directly with ink, pen or marker but I decided to use pencil instead.
When I first posted my sketch on the family What’s App page my son who is a curator at the museum immediately told me that I had the statue’s foot pointing in the wrong direction. I’m glad that I took a photo of the actual statue because when I went back to check, sure enough I had drawn the foot facing inward instead of outward. Not sure if it was the angle at which I was sitting but I was grateful that I used pencil. Out came the eraser and I fixed it as best I could.
In Anita Lehmanns’s class, Translating Landscapes, we had to take an object and draw and paint it eight different ways using different elements of design. We had to create a play field and create pleasing shapes while investigating the design elements shape, edges, line, texture, value, space and colour. For our eighth painting we could choose our favourite elements.
Recently I showed you 6 prints that I made in a print making class using found objects to give the print texture. Some of the prints were ghost prints which means that a second piece of paper was put over the inked design and when it went through the press a lighter version of the first print appears.
Here is the ghost print of one of my designs.
I decided to brighten this print with some light blue watercolour to the rope at the top and on the bird where I also added a few details, like an eye. Some lines were incorporated to blend the body into the tail feathers and create a wing. I also added some gold geli pen on the grasses and around the beak. After darkening the border slightly I also added some gold detail on the bottom right corner and a little more in the upper left hand corner to balance it.
You may have noticed that I haven’t signed it yet. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
The assignment from Carla Sonheim this week was to find a photograph of a chicken and draw the outline with a black Sharpie and then with a finer marker make some detail marks and lastly take a pencil and add some shading. It was optional to add colour with some light coloured markers.
I think I will try this again but use lighter markers or no colour at all.
Carla Sonheim prompted us to use four different colours of markers and/or pencil crayons to create new colours by layering the colours. Then we were to take those colours and create a series of made up birds.
I did this assignment in the evenings at the cottage when my light was not the best. It’s interesting how varied the colours are in different light. The colours I used are at the top of each page. You can see the original colour in the little square in the upper right hand corner.