Draw Your Day and how I’m feeling about it
‘Draw Your Day’ has kicked off a new obsession. I’ve been obsessed with watching art videos on YouTube lately and I’m loving it! I’m learning so much. I’m finding artists who do the kind of art I enjoy and I’m learning what tools they use.
I’m very keen to get myself a fountain pen. At the moment I use what they call ‘fine liners’. I’ve learnt a lot about different kinds of ink. There’s water soluble ink and there’s waterproof ink. My fine liners are waterproof which is what you want when you’re painting with watercolours as well. However, I am also keen to experiment with some water soluble ink too as the effects you can get with it are beautiful! Watch this space as I think some monochromatic experimentation with a combination of both waterproof ink and water soluble ink is in my near future!
I’ve also been watching videos on what artists pack in their travel kits. In case you didn’t know (see posts here) I’m going to New Zealand in May! It’s so interesting how different they all are with regards to what kind of bag and size of bag they pack their gear in, what tools they decide to take with them, what kind of sketchbook they prefer. It’s so wonderful to find this community of artists sharing as they do. It makes people like myself feel part of a global community of many like minded people all sharing our experiences, learnings and artworks and I’m all for it! I will share more on what I’ve learnt from my much enjoyed global art community in future Art Chat posts!
Interestingly, I’ve noticed that I’ve lost some of my original followers on Instagram since I’ve started mostly posting my art but I’ve gained many more than I’ve lost. Many like-minded new followers who are art enthusiasts. So I’m finding my people, my tribe, people who ‘get’ me. This makes me so happy! In all the years I’ve been blogging (over 10 years now) I’ve never had a ‘niche’. Perhaps I’m finally finding mine.
Today I’m sharing the next lot of my sketchbook drawings/paintings. I do feel that the quality is impacted by the fact these are done on a cheap Mont Marte sketchbook and that sketchbook paper isn’t white (jt’s an off white/cream colour). I hate wastage though so I will finish this sketchbook. I have a lovely new Stillman & Birn sketchbook waiting to be used next and I can’t wait! Also note that some days I have more time to put into a sketch/painting than other days (and you can tell)! Having said all that though, I am pleased to say that I feel like I’m getting my creative mojo back. This ‘almost’ daily practice works! The reason I decided to start drawing my day (nearly every day) was to loosen me up again (kick perfectionism’s butt) and to get the creativity within me flowing again. I can feel it doing that and I am so happy about that!
So here’s my latest sketches. There’s a bit of a gap between 5 March and 10 March as I was over staying with Mum and it was a busy time that week with no time for sketching. To see the sketches at full size, click on the first one and then arrow your way through them.
Draw Your Day Sketches from 15 February to 14 March 2023
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘