Inktober Week 4

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The above image was my favorite for this week. I was trying new things – this was my niece having a hard time of it when she found her daddy’s jeans hanging on the line. It is one of my favorite moments. Faces and emotions are not easy to capture. I vow to work this next year to do better with them.

Inktober Week 3

I am pushing myself to try different styles – quick drawings, purposeful drawings, tiny lines, emotion on faces, events.

Following the prompts of Inktober has been great at stretching my creativity and I hope expanding my range (depth and breadth.)

Sketching Birds

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This has been the year for sketching the birds I am photographing and spending time watching all the youngsters figure out their big new world. I started last fall doing the above types of 5 second sketches.

I like to use ink for the initial sketches because it forces me to capture their essence without overworking and overthinking it. Perfection is not the aim and ink is always full of lines that can not be erased, so that forces my letting go of the OCD side of my personality.

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This month I started spending a little more energy on the initial sketch then adding various views of the same bird in pencil.  We have had so many Downy Woodpecker babies this year that I decided to catalog them to see who sticks around. Did you know that you can tell them apart by their head stripes? It has been fun and very illuminating to learn about these individuals visiting my feeder.

Note: I have been naming them only because it is easier to talk about them with a name versus – “you know, that one with the squiggly stripe…”

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