Day 15: Roar!

I decided to choose a fun subject matter tonight. #toys #the100dayproject #inkart

Claim Check

A snippet of my bulletin board at work. Kind of loving this little sketch.

#passthetime #lovethis #sketch #draw #amuseyourself #stilllife

Cup of Joe

A little ink work in the new sketchbook. I’m trying to take the suggestion from an article I read in a recent issue of Artist’s Magazine. Without looking up the quote, the artist interviewed essentially said to stop looking for inspiration in other people’s artwork, but instead create your own. How many wasted minutes have we scrolled through Pinterest looking for inspiration, only to lose sight of the real goal of seeking inspiration?  She feels that when we go searching like this, we are really seeking for artwork to copy, rather than create something original.  She also said to use a variety of materials and experiment with them; stop placing so much pressure on yourself to create a perfect piece every time… Or at all. What better advice? Don’t we place too much pressure to make everything perfect, especially the first go around, because we are all so short on time. 

In this sketch I drew my morning coffee cup, and I didn’t care that you could see all the lines I used to get the curves accurate. I also used several ink options, and made notes to the left to remember which pens I used. I placed a little anecdote in the corner about my dsncing boys, who were engrossed in their Lego playing, which allowed me time to focus on my art (I didn’t even mind the few interruptions from the boys asking me to pry those tiny Lego pieces from their counterparts). Ahhh another peaceful Monday morning. Let there be many more this year!

P.S. I would like to fill the rest of the “white space” in, and may do so later in the day. 

 

Time Out

Captured one of my little ones still snoozing after a car ride home. He was successfully transfered from car to couch, and is sunken down into his coat. Done with #FaberCastell PITT pen in size B in black in my moleskin sketchbook. 

Fun in the Sun

I finally found ten minutes of (relatively) uninterrupted time to lounge in the shade and sketch some summer fun. Here I drew my one son with his water squirter. He’s standing in the former turtle sandbox made water hole, placed beneath our slide. As you can imagine, the slide and splash action was quite fun.

I used a Micron black ink pen in size 03 with Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (their landscape series) in my moleskin sketchbook. 

Summer time

Later, I’ve been a little distracted. My art, yet again, has taken a back seat on this wonderfully unpredictable trip we call life. I don’t often expose my “other” life on my blog, but decided to share with you the reason I am otherwise detained from the creation of art. My twin boys.

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Ah motherhood. A full time gig with unusual rewards and very few thank yous. My little men are 4 years old this year, and eager to be even more hands on than usual. The are at reach other’s throats one minute, and inseparable the next. Now that the weather is nice, we are outside constantly soaking up the rays and the dirt.

In January we made out 2016 Bucket List of things we wanted to do and experience this year. As you can imagine, the list is long, and still growing. I too made a list of my own (admittedly most are solo activities), because life is too short to not experience… Well, life. So, this blog might be on a hiatus, or I might be posting quick sketches and doodles. Who knows. I will be back though, when time allows for new artwork. Maybe on a rainy day. 😉

PB&J Painting

Here is an older painting done in oils on canvas board.  It’s 4×6, and was done last year in 2015.  It’s been staring at me as a constant reminder of my tug of war with painting.  Most days I consider myself a horrible painter, and then when I finally paint, I’m reminded that I’m not really all that bad.  Enjoy this little treasure that I look at everyday.

pb&j

Binder Clip

Today I took about 20-30 minutes of completely interrupted time to draw this binder clip.  I think that I was stopped every 2 minutes.  I’m quite fond of the results actually!  This was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a  02 Micron black pen.

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Binder Clip, ink, 2016

I used Sue Bleiweiss’ The Sketchbook Challenge to prompt this drawing.  She has a chapter devoted to drawing the inanimate object, or tools we use daily, as inspiration for sketching.  In fact this particular chapter is what grabbed my attention when I saw this book at the library.  I will most likely use another chapter from her book as inspiration in my next drawing.  Current rating of the book: B, best for mixed media artists looking for creative daily inspiration.  More for the “crafty artist” than a traditional fine artist.

Crusher

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This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys.  There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side.  I’m not sure why.  I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.

I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss.  I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book.  The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration.  Can you find the circles in this sketch?  The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art.  That’s just my thoughts so far.  I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.

Screw it…

Okay so the pun is overused, BUT, I have been trying to finish this tiny little drawing for months, and still have not finished it.  This is drawn using a basic Ticonderoga pencil in my moleskin sketchbook (it’s about 5×7-ish).  This actually is a large carriage bolt, not a screw, but I just couldn’t resist the title.  I am attempting to render it in a realistic fashion, if I ever get the time and patience (and focus) to do so.

drawing of a carriage bolt
drawing of a carriage bolt