Friday, June 1, 2012

Lessons and Memory Making

I've been busy doing mostly art for a couple of classes I am in but I also am drawing some other stuff in my journal.  Someday I hope to do some work outside my journal, something I can frame if it comes out nice enough.

I am reading and enjoying the lessons that Jennifer Edwards has been offering on her blog Drawn2Life and the top picture here comes from her lesson #9 which is about letting loose.  I don't know if I was all that loose but I did have fun and I made sure the page was done when it was done rather than leave it at a point where I could just use it as a background for something else.  I've done that a lot but that wasn't what I understood this lesson to be.

The other pictures were drawn to have the memory of Mother's Day in my journal.  This was done on a spread in my large 9"x12" Mixed Media Strathmore journal.  I actually used another of Jennifer's lesson with the apple tree which is Lesson #6 which is contour drawing.  I started the apple tree straight in pen and just looked and drew from one leaf to the next without worrying about doing each individually.  I started at the top and worked down.  This was not blind contour and I lifted my pen several times but it was done in the spirit rather than the rule of a contour drawing.  I certainly didn't try to get absolutely every leaf into my drawing!  Then I added the color and I rather like it!  What do you think?

The frog was done in pencil, then inked and finally painted.  I lost some of the pure, bright watercolor look when I tried to add a glossy topping to it which is a shame as it was more true to the frog's colors before.  It is still the frog though and I am pretty happy with how it turned out overall. 

At any rate, this is some of what I have been up to.  What have you been up to?


  1. Isn’t he just the cutest frog ever! (Actually, they both are!) Glad to hear someone is ‘arting’. I just aimlessly drift from one place to the next and haven’t gotten anything done lately! :(

  2. These are absolutely splendiferous!! Wow, Timaree...these pages are wonderful all around. The expressive page is exciting. I love the watercolory shapes and ines! Your frogs are terrificly whimsical, and your apple tree is beautifully drawn! I also love the collaged stamp you put on it. So glad to see some of your art! And I do hope your travels this summer offer a lot of opportunities to draw!

  3. i really like how loose your drawings are - nice rhythm.

  4. All three are wonderful, and I highly recommend that you frame the 'Northpole.' It has a free and easy quality to it that is just great! It could be a card, or a post card. Wonderful work, T.!!

  5. I really like all of these, Timaree. They are colorful, playful and fun. I don't know why you couldn't frame any of them, really.

    I've been in a class too (as you know) and this weekend when my husband and I took a belated anniversary trip to the beach, I sketched! I did the drawing while we were there, then the watercolor when we got home. I have a little bit more to go, and I might share it on my blog.

  6. Lovely pages, especially the frog!


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