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Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Studio Space

New Spaces And New Paintings.

Moving into new spaces has been eating up my time the last couple weeks.  It is a bit daunting and a lot exhausting to move, hence no studio time and no blog posts.  The very empty room that is to be the studio was just that, very empty.  All of sudden, however, it is filling...rapidly....and now that my big easel is in, I will return to painting.

As you can see, the space is not organized yet (what a mess!) some shelving is still in boxes, books and canvases litter the floor, but it is time to paint.  Inspired by the color field painters I plan to experiment with large areas of layered pigments. My work is layered already, but typically filled with stylized, subject matter, like the painting sitting on the easel in the photo above and the one shown below.  My initial thought is to work without subject matter, but that may change.  It will be interesting to see where this goes. 

48 x 30
Pamela Hunt Lee

In the words of Mark Rothko, " A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience." Much like the daily drawings of October, time will be spent each day working with pigments, getting lost in the process, enjoying the experience.  A new space calls for new paintings.  Here we go...check back to see what happens.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Be Creative

 A Result Of The Drawing Challenge.

Several, out of the ordinary, things happened during and after the month of daily drawings.  New friends, insightful comments, artist's discussing new topics, and a book to read.  After following all the posts about the challenge a friend gifted a book to me, one with which I was not familiar. It's all about how to develop drawing skills, overcome creative blocks, acknowledging while you draw you enter a meditative state in order to find creative connections and confidence.  

It's The Confident Creative written by Cat Bennett. Already my copy has high-lighted passages and turned down corners... look:

The book is filled with interesting thoughts, different ways to draw, simple methods, loads of encouragement.  It's not just for the successful artist or aspiring artist, this book is meant for everyone as a guide to help you tap into your creativity, reclaim your creativity and have fun doing it.   I highly recommend you follow the link to the Amazon page, by clicking on the title of the book, and get yourself a copy.

by Cat Bennett

When you read this book have paper and drawing materials of some sort close at hand.  You will want to start making marks right away!  Have fun..I know you will.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Drawing Challenge. Final Days.

It's The Last Day, To Be Exact.

Day 31 Drawing

The last day of the Drawing Challenge agreed to by two painters has arrived. Blaine and I made a commitment to create a drawing each day in October, which we did.  These drawings have been posted in our blogs and on our Facebook pages. Like I say in my book, See Where You Are, we looked at our surroundings and we saw what was there.  We were inspired.

Day 24
Watercolor Pencil and Ink

Day 25
Watercolor Pencil and Ink

Surrounded by Fall, we were inspired by foliage and fruit, then found color inching its way into our drawings.

Day 26

Day 27

Day 28

Day 29

Day 30

Now here it is, last day of the month, October 31.  It's Halloween, Nevada Day, All Saints Day.  Tomorrow is Dia de los Muertos .  To celebrate the end of the month, the end of the challenge and the beginning of November, my final drawing is Catrina, one of the most popular figures of Dia de los Muertos.  

Day 31

It's been fun to have this challenge.  It's led to new paintings and a great dialogue between artists.  I hope you have enjoyed, but now as with every great situation, it comes to an end.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Drawing Challenge. Day 23.

Rocks and More Rocks.

Rocks, Stones, Boulders, Pebbles....all are fascinating to me.  They represent power and permanence.  The geology of rocks varies depending on whether they are igneous, metamorphic or sedementary.  We are surrounded by rocks. 

I wear rocks.

I collect rocks.

I paint rocks.

Therefore it is no surprise that today's drawing is a rock cairn.  Those colorful leaves picked up off the ground yesterday are still on my work table so they worked their way into the drawing.  Still cannot get away from Fall color.

Day 23 Drawing
Graphite and Watercolor Pencil

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drawing Challenge. Day 22.

Cannot Get Away From Fall Color

Drawing 22
Wax Crayon

Try as I might, I just cannot get away from the Fall Color.  It surrounds.  So even though I was out on the lake in my rowing shell today, with various blues above and below, the color on shore was dramatically apparent.  The leaves are falling in crazy abundance, scattering themselves across the ground to become what I call, Nature's Confetti.  

Day 22 Drawing with Aspen Leaves

These aspen leaves, next to the drawing, were plucked up off the ground and brought into the studio.  Can you see why it is difficult to ignore the color?

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Drawing Challenge

DAY 21

One of the most wonderful outcomes of this challenge has been a growing collection of small drawings in one sketch book, and all are different.

Drawing 21
Watercolor Pencil

It has been an interesting situation to create a small drawing every day that has no function, no other reason to be created than answering the challenge.  It's not a sketch for a painting or a sketch to present for a commission.That means each drawing is a stand alone little work of art, though some of them have been inspired by the same subject or created in the same palette.  

This means I can draw ANYTHING!!!  It doesn't matter what I draw.  You have seen Fall, Lake, Boulders, Gears, Palms, Cactus, Clouds.  When I sit down in front of the sketch book I haven't known what I was going to draw, until today.

I am so curious to know what you think of this little drawing, which was posted on my Artist's Facebook page yesterday without telling the thought behind it, because sometimes knowing can lead your mind.  And once you know what inspired this drawing you may see something you would not have seen without that knowledge.

But here it is:  Today when I was meeting with my eye doc for an annual exam and he showed me the photograph of the inside of my eye I decided to create a little drawing inspired by that photo.  Just curious, what did you think of the drawing before you knew the idea behind it?  Do you like it more or less now that you know?

By the way, my eyes are healthy healthy healthy.  I am increasing my magnifiers, but that just means I get to add to my EYEBOB collection!  A new and different pair or two which I will use to peruse my growing collection of different little drawings.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Drawing Challenge.

Several Day's Drawings.

You haven't seen a blog post from me for almost a week.  A little traveling interrupted the blogging but not the drawing. I packed up sketchbook and pen and diligently created a drawing each day.  

Day 15 Drawing

This was sketched into my book while flying along at about 30,000 feet.  It was a cloudy day so I drew what I saw.

Drawing Day 16

I was in the Southern California desert where cacti and palms grow side by side.  How could I not be influenced? These are nature's sculptures.

Day 17 Drawing

For two days inspiration came from knowing, that in January, I must create a work of art that will have a visible mechanical apparatus from which it will hang.  Thinking this work may contain actual wire and gears I started drawing mechanical looking shapes.

Day 18 Drawing
Ink and Colored Pencil

Day 19 Drawing
Watercolor Pencil and Ink

It was a short trip.  Returned home to calm, clear, warm weather so it was out in the kayak on the lake for recreation and inspiration.  Day 19 Drawing was created after being surrounded by lake beauty.

And that drawing led to four small watercolor paintings.

As I opened my sketch book today my thoughts were still filled with rocks and water.  I took the time to go through the pages to look at each of the daily drawings before sitting down to create today's.  I have used both sides of each page which has led to some bleed through and crinkling of the paper.

The pages in my sketch book showing daily drawings.

The next open page in my sketchbook, actually the back side of Day 19 Drawing, had interesting eye catching shapes making convex contours on the page. I started to draw around those shapes and 'Day 20 Drawing' developed. After working on the four little watercolor paintings, it is apparent I had rocks on the brain.

Day 20 Drawing

There you have it.  Several days of drawing, six to be exact, without blogging, but I think I made up for that today!

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