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My Art page

8 Nov

Well, after establishing a Facebook page, I’ve finally created a page on this blog titled My Art.  (You will see it at the top right.)  I now have a drop-down menu to separate categories.  These pages are where I will be posting pics of my drawings, paintings, and other artwork.  I have a few posted at present.  After I get a better camera I will be posting more.

I’m hoping the art page will encourage me to actually DO more drawings.  I was doing really well as long as I was taking the lessons, but lately I have hardly drawn anything.  So I’m aiming at posting at least two new drawings a month.  That is in addition to the ones I have already completed but not yet posted.

I appreciate all the Facebook comments I’ve received.  All comments encourage me to keep on.  I’m also pleased that the number of people who follow my blog has increased.

Artwork on Facebook page

5 Nov

Since I have been focusing on my blog layout, I still haven’t taken the time to learn how to place photos of my artwork on a page.  There is so much to learn regarding size, placement, etc.

Today when I was asking one of my daughter-in-laws about the widget link to a Facebook page, she showed me how to set up a page and post photos.  That is an easier method than trying to post them to a page on this blog.  So, at least for now, please follow my link to my Facebook page to see the artwork.  I have two pics now, one the mask I donated to www.facesunmasked.org and another that I made into a birthday card.  I hope to get more posted this month.

As always I love your comments.  Do you like my blog’s new look?  Any suggestions on how to improve it?  What are your feelings about my art on my Facebook page?

The broken road of my journey in art

21 Sep

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  My interent has been very sporatic for a while.  I’ve got my laptop hooked up directly to the satalite modem now to see if the problem could be my router.  I think I have a love/hate relationship with technology!

I’ve been wanting to get some of my drawings posted.  I’ve taken pictures of them with my iphone 3, but unfortunately they aren’t the greatest.  I’ve heard the iphone 4 takes better pics.  But I’m going to attempt to use what I have and see if I can get some posted anyway.

Like my mother before me, I’ve always wanted to be able to draw and paint.  Recently, my brother gave me some of her drawings that he found in storage (we think they are from when she was in high school).  She did self portraits as well as ones of others in her family.  They are quite good.

One of my daugthers is very artistic.  She can paint, draw, decorate cakes, do crafts, as well as make things out of wood.  She is an inspiration to me.

For the last 20 years or so I have done sporatic drawings/paintings.  In the early 90’s I took a Bob Ross wet on wet painting class.  For a time after that I did several paintings.  My daughter did also, even doing some on old saws and saw blades.  I bought oil paints, brushes and canvas.  But unfortunately I didn’t keep it up.

Then sometime later I got interested in acrylics.  Again I purchased paints and brushes.  But it just didn’t seem to capture my attention for very long.  I liked doing it but, as with the wet on wet oil painting, I seemed to enjoy the process as much as the finished project.  And it was completed so quickly that it kind of frustrated me.

Then, last fall I went with a daughter-in-law to a couple of  her pastel painting classes.  I loved it–so much that she gave me a set of pastels!  But though I read books and checked out internet sites about pastel painting, I became frustrated.  I realized this time it was because I didn’t know how to draw.

So this summer I began taking drawing lessons.  I found an art teacher that would give me one-on-one classes.  When I first began I felt I didn’t know anything about drawing.  I would draw in my notebook for the actual class drawings, but most of the time I just drew on scrap paper.  Then, slowly my confidnece grew.  One day I looked at a drawing I had just completed and wished it was in my notebook.  That day I decided I had enough knowledge/skill that I all my drawings would be in my notebook!   It was king of a breakthrough for me.  (Of course, I still doodle and draw on scrap paper when I’m on the phone sometimes.)  So as well as giving me knowledge and skill, I realized the lessons have encreased my confidence.

Surprisingly, when I found an older notebook from a few years ago I noticed some of those drawimgs were quite good.    Of course I didn’t know anything about perspective, but I had captured the feel of the images.   I have learned so much and find that there is so much about drawing that I love.  I can draw something as simpIe as a spoon or work on a detailed animal or landscape.  I can do a quick sketch if I like.  Or, I can work at one drawing for several weeks, returning to it again and again, to add a little detail or change something a bit.  I have not yet tried to draw people–at present I don’t have the desire to.  Some days I find I only want to draw rocks, other days clouds.  Presently I’m intrigued with roads and highways.  I still haven’t been able to capture the look I want with those.  I feel it will take a lot of practice.  I also feel drawing is something I will never get tired of.  Indeed,  I feel this is one aspect of art that I will continue.

Pastels still hold my interest as well.  But I will have to get a lot more knowledge of color and light before I want to attempt much with them.  Also, I would benefit from some classes or lessons.  I can learn a lot via books and the internet, but some things work best with acual people.  Perhaps it is the interchange of ideas I value as much as the actual knowledge.  But pastels aren’t my focus at the moment.   They are probably one of the leftovers I will return to at a later time.

Well this post has gotten quite long and I haven’t even posted any artwork.  I guess I will keep the actural pictures for my next post.  Especially since it will I will have to learn all over again how to post them!  I seem to need to do things over and over to have lasting knowledge.

So I’ll close this post by adding my categories and tags–yes, I did remember them this time.  I hope to get the pictures posted by next week if my internet cooperates.

Starting Drawing lessons

18 Jul

Last week I had my 2nd drawing lesson.  I have read/looked at many books and articles on perspective, but never really understood it.  But on my way home from the lesson I was seeing the countryside with new eyes.  I could now see how everything could be drawn.  To me, that is amazing!

But I’m finding out that just because I now know how to draw things, I have only started to learn to draw.  I need so much of the old ‘practice makes perfect’.  But I am trying not to get discouraged. Even if I can’t make things look exactly like I want, they are certainly better than I have ever drawn before and I UNDERSTAND what I’m doing now.

I am also learning how to shade objects to give them a 3D look.  We touched on the direction of light.  I realized I that I am better at the 3d than the light aspect.

I have been interested in art-drawing, painting, etc- for a long time.  At one time I took a Bob Ross wet on wet oil painting class at Hobby Lobby.  I enjoyed it and did a few other paintings at the time, before becoming discouraged because I couldn’t make things look ‘right’.   More recently I attended two pastel painting classes.  I really enjoyed that.  However I realized that if I ever wanted to be any good I needed to learn to draw.  That is what painting is based on, at least it seems so to me.

However I am finding that I love drawing for itself, not just as a step to painting.  There are three things that I’m yearning to draw well–rocks, shadows, and water.   I hope to consentrate on them later.  For now I am practising with still life, shapes and perspective.

Hey, all  you beginning artists (and also the experts) let me know what you are doing, ok?

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