Oops! In my excitement to share the installation of my art show with all of you last week, I completely ignored the fact that last Wednesday was the first Wednesday of the month and should have been Sketchbook Show Off Week. Since I would hate any of you to live in a state of disappointment over not getting to see my silly sketches, I’m making up for my mistake this week. But first, a couple announcements.
Open House Open Invitation!
Don’t forget that this Saturday is the open house for my art show!!! If you happen to be in the Portland area, I’d love it if you could stop by – be sure to introduce yourself since I only know what a few of you look like. And just to bribe you a little, there will be various forms of sweet and salty snacks to nosh on.
One Pig, Two Pig
As you know, after the untimely demise of Cocoa the Guinea Pig last week, I was in search of a friend to keep her sister, Ginger, company. As luck would have it, someone on craigslist had a female guinea pig who was about Ginger’s age and who had also recently lost her buddy.
So far, it’s not exactly a match made in heaven. Both seem to want to be Queen Pig, but with patience and time, I hope they’ll sort out who’s the boss. New Pig’s original name was Diamond, but this just sounded too “stripper” to me. Since she’s white and as big as a whale, I figured Moby would be a better moniker for her to don.
And Now…March’s Sketches
I started out the month a little bored with my usual sketchbook routine. Normally, the entries for my art journal are inspired by the book No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield. Each day you are supposed to choose a color to suit your mood, draw a pattern you see, and draw the weather, as well as doing a weekly quote.
Instead, for Week One, each day I tried to sketch three things I did over the day. This got to be a little challenging since I made a rule that I couldn’t repeat anything (it would have been too easy to draw “running” every day). The sketches range from the art I was working on, to meals out, to a Swedish-themed party I attended at the end of the week.
For Week Two, I returned to the standard routine of mood, pattern, weather.
By Week Three, not only was I sick with a head cold (see “UGH” above), but also freaky busy trying to get everything together for the art show. I knew I wouldn’t have time every day to work on the art journal so I decided to do one big project for the week, and this ended up being a return to my fun little Abstract Zoo. I also made time for a bit of circle doodling.
By Week Four, I was getting inspired by another art journaling book (Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley) and decided to try out some of her techniques. The first attempt wasn’t so great since I was short on time and patience.
However, during Week Five I stepped out of my “keep things tidy” comfort zone. The page first got a coat of gesso, next a few swatches of color…oops too much color, get out the gesso again. Then I did some stenciling with acrylic paint, cut out a butterfly shape, dolled it up a bit with some collage, and voila!
Since I enjoy doing them, I did stick to the final two tasks of the No Excuses Art Journaling which are to draw a mini sketch each week, and to do one collage.
That’s all for me this week. Normally, Saturday would be time for a book review, but since I’ll be loitering around the gallery all day, I can’t see that happening. However, do remember that I reviewed a few books on writing earlier this month…hopefully that will tide you over. I also recommend giving Dina Wakley’s book a look over if you need a little artistic inspiration.
Any thoughts on these sketches? Do you have a favorite art book that inspires you? Go on and share a comment, I love hearing from you!!!
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ART OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, 15 April 2017 * * * Noon to 3:00 pm
Please stop by to say hello, grab a snack, and view several pieces of my colored pencil and acrylic artwork!! The gallery is at…