First, an odd assortment. A nature book for the grands, a book on Scandinavia with lots of colorful photos which might serve as inspiration in artwork. Also a book on writing and selling children's books, which is outdated, but still might have good ideas. The Artist's Way is probably the copy I donated a while back, but never got around to reading. Still not sure I will. She seems a little new agey to me. But, it can sit on my shelf while I decide. Lastly, a Brother Cadfael mystery. I've never read one, but it might be interesting.
I've been working a lot on my Sketchbook Skool assignments. I think I'm finished.
This one was for Jane LaFazio's class. We might call it "Let's All Try to Do Art Like Jane". (It should be called "Produce I found on the internet", since only one is a veggie.) It's not what I would do if left to myself, but it's what she asked for.
For Roz Stendahl's class we needed to work on contour and gesture drawings. She suggested going to a natural history museum or large sporting goods store where there might be some taxidermy to work from. Sorry, not in my neck of the woods! She told us we could use dinosaur or other animal models/toys if we couldn't find taxidermy. Voila!
After drawing with the still models, she gave us the assignment of doing some quick gesture sketches with live animals. Sorry again! No live animals here. Most students had a dog or cat to use. I, with my usual resourcefulness, decided to draw from a YouTube video. https://youtu.be/WzqV5RuHRUY
I think I'm not much of a sketchbook person. I like the idea, but when it comes right down to it, I mostly enjoy doing ATC's. I'd rather give my art as gifts than to keep it in a sketchbook on a shelf. Call me weird. ;)
An art friend from the UK is having a swap of her own called "Cute Dinosaurs", so I made this one for her.
I hope you're all enjoying the last half of your summer. I haven't gotten outside much, except yesterday when I babysat for 6 hours and took the girls outside to play. They blew bubbles, we threw and kicked balls, they swung (swinged?) on the swing set and slid down a dirt hill and we discussed why we don't eat berries and mushrooms we find in the yard and woods. We also discovered a bunch of raspberries growing right behind their house. (I didn't encourage them to eat them because I think that might have negated my warnings about other berries!) and some pretty bergamot flowers, which we picked and put in a mason jar with water for their mom.
Thanks for dropping by!