I love art…art in all it’s forms. I hope to be an artist and the one thing I know – from reading, from discussing, from the gut – is that I must practice, practice, practice. Every day.
But life gets in the way so I am starting this blog because I believe it will inspire and motivate me to practice every day. You will hold me accountable and I hope you share my voyage of growth.
It is January 3, 2010. I made a commitment to myself that I will draw, paint, study, grow daily in 2010. I make the same commitment to you. So, what did I do on January 1 and 2? Did I let myself down? Did I let you down?
January 1, 2010: I was inspired by the sassy, sidelong glance of a young woman on the back cover of People Magazine to draw the “Attitude” ink sketch. It is a preparatory sketch but I have not decided what I am preparing for – a drawing or a painting. I do know one thing I have more work to do before I reach a final image. Older? Younger? Short Hair? Slick Hair? Arms crossed? Holding a coffee cup?
Why ink? Because it is unforgiving and forces me to be disciplined and a bit more careful.
January 2, 2010: In 2009 I was able to learn the bare basics of color theory. I completed all the exercises in the book Color by Betty Edwards. Her exercises were completed in acrylic which is not my medium so I decided to read the book Color Choices by Stephan Quiller, a wonderful artist who paints in primarily in watercolor and acrylic. I have completed about 75% of the exercises. Yesterday I completed a simple painting exercise that required the use of green, blue green, blue and red-orange (analogous colors with a split complement) to create a painting that was soft, airy and cool. The drawing is from his book. What do you think? I like the clear, clean color.
I have never blogged before and I am learning the best way to format and organize. I want your comments. No criticism is too harsh, no help will go unappreciated. On to tomorrow…