SHOW ‘N’ TELL
I thought I’d have a show and tell element to my Art Chat posts where I share my recent art activities. These posts will mostly be more visual than wordy depending of course on what I have going on and want to say!
I’ve just started an online course – Urban Sketching for Beginners – with Ian Fennelly from the UK. The result of the first module is that English Bridge at the top of this post. It’s in Shrewsbury, England apparently. I’m looking forward to the next module! His style is quite different to mine but that is fabulous as I will learn so many new things. I’ll still have my own style but with some extra tips on board which is fab!
Before I started the online class I decided to do a couple of mini paintings of tea cups to add to the one I had done as part of my 100 Day Project (day 95) and make a trio set for my nest of three frames.
My art group decided on a new 14 day challenge – a quick, loose and small sketch each day with the theme ‘Daily Life’ so I’ve been doing that too. I decided to do mine with ink pen and keep the sketch to an average of around 10 minutes but definitely no longer than 30 minutes. I ruled up an A4 page of my sketchbook into 6, which indicates the size of each sketch. The idea of keeping it small and not spending ages over them is to encourage a more relaxed and loose style and to let go of the shackles of perfectionism. So here’s my ‘Daily Life’ sketches so far.
I started off doing an ink sketch and no watercolour but finally succumbed to adding a pop of watercolour. It just adds life don’t you think? In the beginning I was still feeling a bit stiff and unpracticed but I can feel myself loosening up a bit more now. Some of these are better than others. Some were literally done in a few minutes (e.g. No’s 2 & 4).
The first 4 days were done around home: 1) I love Bread and Butter Cucumbers but haven’t been able to buy any at the shops in months so decided to make my own; 2) Washing up every #@&! day; 3) Brushing my teeth twice a day; 4) Hanging clothes on the clothesline.
Days 5 to 7 were done whilst over staying with Mum. 5) I loved the artwork on the wall in the waiting room of a doctor’s appointment I took Mum to; 6) Dad’s Chair. Every time I sit in it, it’s like getting a giant big hug from him. I miss you Dad; 7) Watering Mum’s pot plants – you’ll always stumble over a chook (ornamental) in nooks and crannies here and there.
Days 8 to 10 – I’m back home again. 8) Home to the gorgeous face of my dog Ava; 9) Busy day doing the first module of my online course. This is me sketching the English bridge! 10) My daughter is coming to dinner. Slow cooked corned beef is on the menu. I’ve never cooked corned beef in the slow cooker before. Hope it’s good!
I was wondering if there might be interest in a fortnightly or perhaps monthly Art Chat Show ‘n’ Tell linky where anyone can link up blog posts to show their creations? It doesn’t have to be drawings or paintings. It can be ANYTHING CREATIVE – eg knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, sewing, floristry, photography, cooking, caking decorating, sculpture, interior design, Zentangling, collaging, you name it … so long as it is something creative that you have done.
I thought I’d see what feedback I get on this before I contemplate going ahead with it because if there’s not much interest it isn’t really worth the effort, as I found out with my #ZTT linky a while back. I really don’t mind either way with this but as I’m often sharing my creations, I thought maybe there’s others that’d like to share theirs too!
That’s all I have to share this time but next time I will have the last few ‘Daily Life’ sketches and of course more from my online Urban Sketching Course.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeStories