Monday, April 30, 2012

"Reconnecting" - oil on canvas

Inspired by figure drawing sessions I am attending and by the arrival of Spring and time spent outdoors hanging out with Mother Nature.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sketch breaks

Tink sitting on my lap.
Our cherry tree losing the rest of its blossoms.
I did these two quick sketches today. One while enjoying my morning coffee and the other one during my afternoon green tea break. It is so easy to just pop open my iPad and doodle. Over the years I have tried off and on to write in a journal in the mornings. I think I enjoy this much more. It helps me feel centered and gets my creative juices flowing more than writing does. I hope I can make this a daily habit. What is nice, is it can be quick, readily available and doesn't require lots of cleanup or prep. These were made using the Paper app for iPad.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Quick sketch using Paper app

It is a rainy and quiet morning. While having my coffee, I did this using my finger and an app called Paper for iPad. I'm looking forward to the new version when they add a zoom function and a few more colors. This sketch was from head and not an actual still life.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mi Chan Battles the Bag - oil on canvas 20" x 20"

I think I'm done with this one. This is Mi Chan. She was my mother-n-laws dearly beloved cat. She had quite a large and spunky personality! She even brought me a bird one time as a gift while visiting her in Tokyo. Sorry to the bird, but I totally understood the offering of friendship. One of her favorite activities was sleeping on the heated toilet seat in her home. I was glad to know her. 

Figure using iPad Paper app

My husband gave me an iPad for my birthday. I have been trying to get used to using it and that includes having to learn new tools for uploading to this blog! Finally, I think I have it figured out. He also encouraged me to try using an app, called Paper, to experiment with during my figure drawing sessions. Here is the outcome of that. I enjoy the freedom of using such a simple app and the painting is cool. But I tend to draw bigger and I find the size of the screen is a bit small to work with. Perhaps if the stylus had more of a finer point it would be a bit easier for me to use. I like using the real paints, brushes and papers. This is perfect for making quick sketches while being out in places where it may be harder to take the real gear. Plus I think this is a great tool for sketching ideas while exploring the concept for new work. I am so blown away by technology.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Great book

I have had this book for a few years and recently pulled it out again. I think I needed to revisit this issue. I highly recommend it to all creatives as a reference for gaining perspective when we get critical of ourselves and of our art. It is Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.