SHOW ‘N’ TELL
Well here I am with another Art Chat Show ‘n’ Tell. This is where I share what art I’ve been doing lately. I had contemplated starting a monthly linkup where others could share their creativity also, and mentioned this in my last Art Chat Show ‘n’ Tell post. I’ve decided though not to go ahead with it as even though I think it’s a great idea, I don’t think the current climate in the blogosphere would support it like would have been the case a few years ago.
So let’s move on and have a look at what art I’ve managed to fit in lately.
ART GROUP CHALLENGE 1/2022: DAILY LIFE CHALLENGE
I managed to finish the Daily Life challenge which was set by my art group. It was a 14 day challenge where we did a small and quick sketch of something depicting our daily life. I ruled up an A4 page into six which gives an idea of the size of each sketch. The size is small in order to make it achievable to do each day and they are quick in order to help us let go of perfectionism. The first 10 days of sketches can be seen in Art Chat #4. Here are the final 4 days. Please keep in mind that these were done very quickly!
In my social media I wrote the following:
Day 11 – Daily Life. Today’s sketch is a quick caricature of myself with the focus being my glasses and eyes. Today I went for some eye scans that were needed by my Ophthalmologist. In June I’m having Bilateral Cataract Extraction and Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery. No wonder I’ve been struggling to see lately! On Friday, I picked up two new pairs of cute Kylie Minogue reading glasses that I’ll now only get to enjoy for a couple of months because after the surgery I’ll have vision like I’ve not experienced in many years and they’ll no longer be of use to me!
URBAN SKETCHING COURSE
I finished the online Urban Sketching Course that I had been doing. It had four modules. I shared my sketch from Module 1 in Art Chat #4 and here are the sketches from Modules 2-4.
FREE URBANE SKETCHING COURSE
The same mob that I did the Urban Sketching Course with above offers a free course – just the one monochrome sketch of a scene in Lower Bunbury in England. If you’d like to give it a try you can find it HERE. I was not happy with my version of it. I wasn’t really in the right mood for it the day I did it and also I decided to go out on my own a bit and include shadows that I could see on the photo provided of the scene. He (Ian Fennelly) didn’t include the shadows in his sketch but I decided I would. The problem was that I chose to use my lightest grey brush pen for the shadows and that was a mistake. It is fantastic to use for small areas of shadow but for larger areas of shadow I would have been better placed using watercolour. I had also used black brush pen around windows nearby and the light grey brush pen picked some of it up which made the grey darker than I had wanted. These brush pens (Tombow) are water soluble, so great for blending but not great when that is not the affect you’re after. Also, the brush pens have a streaky effect when used over a large area and that’s not the look I wanted. Anyway – lesson learned!
After doing all those urban sketches of scenes in England, I felt compelled to draw something closer to home. As it has been pouring rain outside for sooooo long my only option was to go from a photograph. I decided to do a sketch of Wynnum Jetty from a photograph I took a few years ago.
ART GROUP CHALLENGE 2/2022: ‘OVERGROWN’
My art group has a second challenge for the year – to design/create an artwork inspired by the theme of ‘OVERGROWN’. It’s a design challenge moreso than a drawing challenge so the opportunity is very broad. I like drawing though – so mine is a drawing/painting. I don’t know why but an abandoned Kombi in a forrest starting to rust and look derelict and overgrown is what came to mind for me. I do have another idea but am unsure if I’ll get that done in time for closing time of midday on Friday. I’ll see how I go.
That’s all for this show ‘n’ tell. Hope you’re all keeping safe and well. We’re nearly floating away here in South East Queensland. SO.MUCH.RAIN!!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeStories