I love every moment of distraction brought on by patterns….even typography and images of words strung together in sound, in rhythm and place….everything merges; seems alive. And I forget whatever else I was doing.
I was inspired today to spend some more time drawing, painting and perfecting one of my favorite subjects – yes, horses. These are of course stylized to the hilt and that’s fine. But back in the day, when dreams of being an artist were contained in my little girl heart, I thought everything should be ultra realistic…..Now, I happily disagree.
I don’t know about you but I tend to fixate on parts of a picture and then feel lost as to its surrounds. One way to help overcome this has been to cut out the individual pieces and then worry about lay out later. I can move them around and then build a scene using collage. A helpful tool to deal with road blocks!
Here are a few unfinished things that I have been playing with. If I finish it, I will call it ‘One for you’
I finally feel that I am getting the hang of ‘colouring’ faces properly. For the longest time a decent skin tone or hue just baffled me. No matter what I did, it was hit and miss. When I felt that it worked, I couldn’t understand why and when I felt that it didn’t, I was no more the wiser.
Lately I have begun colouring faces by laying down a sort of mustard yellow, and then building up pinks and whites with pencil over the top – So far, this combination is moving me further down the road toward what I find pleasing.
Being an artist is being ‘a work in progress’. Not so much about the outcome but the ability to try and try again, make loads of little errors and embrace it all with a spirit of understanding and co-operation. When I look to other artists that are well established at a level that I aspire to, I remember that they all probably started out their journey with a basic talent and desire that probably didn’t look much different to mine. That’s an encouraging way for me to look at it. 🙂
Here is a simple but beautiful drawing/painting of an Angel. Inspired by the coming Christmas season.
here is a link to some other heads and faces that I’ve done over the years. https://manysparrowsart.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/heads-and-faces/
Owls are terribly popular at the moment and though I’m not a huge fan of them, they are incredibly easy to draw, paint and make. Their unique features suggest so many variations. I have compiled a lot of my own here..
I was thinking a lot about when it is that I need peace the most – it is when I don’t have much of my own – when everything is dark and unsure, that’s when I need peace – the kind that is just enough for the journey – I designed and painted these remembering all the times I have been carried through…