Hummingbirds

Starting up my 5 second sketches again – really have missed them! I have been away from drawing since prior to organizing a house move.

The first set was very stiff  (I photograph hummers, but have never drawn them); however, by page 2 I began to loosen up.

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It made it very clear to me that practice is essential for an for me to remain active as an artist, no matter how many years I have been creating. Thus – I am making a commitment to get back to regular drawing. It is a happy decision. See you around!2016-09-13-17-04-28

New Digs, New Projects

This year was about packing and moving to a new home. We moved in May and I am just now beginning to get back into my creative world. Mostly with home projects and photography.

I have begun exploring chalky furniture paint, lime wash, and wax. A new experience and I am liking it, although I am tentative with “distressing” the pieces. It is so hard, once I paint something, to then turn around and destroy it!

One large unfinished dresser was my first experiment, sporting a  pale seaside teal theme.

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And this weekend it was an old china cabinet in grey chalky paint / lime wash and given a bubble glass treatment. One more small china cabinet to go, and then back to children’s furniture. My theme song is “lots to do, lots to do!”

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Cloth Patterns

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I have always been fascinated by patterns in cloth. They have to be “just so”, but when they are, I fall in love. No, I can’t explain what “just so” is, but I found it in a purse this week and bought it.
Lesson: If you can find that special ingredient, people will willingly part with their hard earned money just to own it.

Sketchbook Studies – The EYE is Key

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For $100 you can spend 10 Monday evenings with 2 well known Indiana artists, John Reynolds and Bruce Neckar, either learning to draw or honing your skills. They give you supplies, generously provided by Prizm Art Supply in Indy (a favorite art store of mine, so I am happy to give them a plug!) The classes are hosted by Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, IN, where John and Bruce have their studio.

If you want to see what a working artist’s studio looks like, you should check it out sometime!

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These classes (or workshops) are conducted in a laid back fashion and you get out of it what you want to put into it. The guys are very happy to coach and answer questions or help you get unstuck, if you ask.

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For 2 of the 10 weeks the guys brought in stuffed specimens to give us an as-close-to-a-real-thing in drawing wild birds as an artist can get. That was a highlight for me.

I love birds and have been painting raptors for over 30 years, so it was fantastic to get this close and to be able to study them. I spent the time doing quick sketches to “feel” the birds, as opposed to trying to do a finished piece.

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