Sketchbook Project 2018

Finally! Here’s the photos of my latest Sketchbook Project. I apparently almost got too ambitious. I decided to do hidden things, which made the book really interactive, with flaps to lift and messages within messages. It was a lot of fun!

Celtic Art and Art Club

My kid is in Irish Dance and sometimes we go to these big contest performances. And sometimes I submit art for them. Here is The Tree of Life, Celtic Fox and The Cat Sidhe. All watercolor and ink. It’s been a great way to practice watercolor and inks. And I keep trying different varieties of both.

And then I started an Art Club at my kid’s school and took 9 3rd graders and we created a painting together.

October

As I have the last few years, I did a new piece for the Wildcat Sanctuary auction. I keep playing with watercolors to see what they can do. I did some abstracts earlier in the year, so brought a bit of that to this leopard. Just finishing up this years Inktober run,so I’ll post about that next week.

New Things!

Serval.WC16Owl.WC16Lemur.WC16 Octopus.WC16Tiger.WC16 For the last year things have been a whirl. Moving is hard! Getting married seemed easy by comparison. Of course, I wanted to get married but does anyone ever really want to move. It’s a thing you do out of need!

But the upshot has been getting an awesome garage studio. That had also been a lot of work but I’ll show you that later. Before I got the studio almost) ready, I was down to a handful of artist tools. Mostly just paints, pens and watercolor. So I’ve spent my art time doing ATCs, doodles and drawings and trying out a new watercolor style idea. It’s a mix of I dunno, geometry and pointillism? The Serval, Owl, Lemur and Octopus were experiments. The Tiger ends up being the result of the learning from the others. It is going to the Wildcat Black Tie Fundraising auction.

I definitely have learned some watercolor techniques that will enter into my painting from now on. And well any practice with watercolor is helpful. Cheers!

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Sketchbook Project 2015

Ta-Da! Done. I did rebind my book for more interesting papers and sizes! I did ink and colored pencil with one watercolor page. I used an idea that started as a tessellation project, where I turned each tile into a character. That was fun to make my brain think of way more things for those repeating shapes. And it was fun to expand on those creatures. The Sketchbook Tour info is here. Go see it if you can, it’s a fun, free art outing.

The Mystery Project

mystery boxI can finally show you the Mystery Project. First what it is: You join to participate and everyone who joins is given a box full of art supplies. The same supplies. I suspect the supplies are chosen in part to give as large a variety as possible. This year it included various woods, poles (wood and metal), metal mesh, clay (non-hardening), plaster wrap, wire, thread, Styrofoam, canvas and odds and ends. It had a few weird items like a foam Van Gogh ear, a artist’s mini mannequin and a plastic egg. The bonus is that you can also use the plastic wrap, the box and the packing peanuts enclosing the items. Your project can be a working model that fits the theme, a sculpture or whatever. You enter into the finals with photos or a video. The theme this year was ‘Build a Dream’. You are sworn to secrecy of the contents until the entries are up.

As an artist I love thinking of a thing and creating it however I want, using whatever materials I want. I love thinking of something and figuring out how to make it work. Or thinking of something and bringing it to life. I enjoy the Sketchbook Project because it’s limited only by final size. I found the Mystery Project website and thought ‘this sounds fun’. And it was. BUT it was also super challenging because you are limited by the objects and materials given. Mind you, glue and paint are ok to add, but that’s it. So it was like stepping into a different place of creativity. The world of ‘here’s my idea and can I use this stuff, how do I make that work’. My project both turned out better and worse then I hoped. I couldn’t always make the materials behave, but I did more then I thought possible and it was great solving all the problems. I definitely felt like I had to grow a bit and concede sometimes. All in all I’m pleased, I hope if you have a chance, go check out all the projects, mine is #183, if you should want to vote for it.