Tonight’s drawing brought about choices of what to put on the background to add depth.
The reference photo had many more table legs which I left out. The dark value if the upper left feet and legs help to balance the dark area on the mid-left area of the composition.
At the beginning of January, I decided to take part in doing a daily sketch through The Artist Table. Almost every day I’ve been doing my daily sketch/drawing.
This is a photo of what I did last night. I used a photo from earlier this year as my reference.
My level of comfort in using a brush pen is increasing. The sketches/drawings I create are without the use of a pencil and eraser. In other words, every single mark I make with the brush pen is permanent, whether I like it or not. It’s a great way to look closer and be more determined and accepting of each stroke,
I also find a challenge in creating the marks to denote values and shadows. The interaction and play of patterns can be quite fun!
I hope you are enjoying your summer! With the warm temperatures and cooling nights, my summer is very enjoyable. Much art activity has gone on during the past three months.
Three times now, the gypsy cart of art has made it to our Farmers Market. I’ve been very happy with the response from people enjoy the cart and my artwork! On the cart I have smaller original paintings, prints, hand colored prints, floral garlands, notecards, bookmarks, vegetable bags, and pallet paintings (which are actually off the cart) for sale. The market is held downtown Iron Mountain, across from the library by the stage. If you get a chance, stop by say hello and you may the perfect piece of art for a gift.
A few weeks ago, I helped The Friends of the Braumart to put together the “framework” for the Inaugural Mostra D’Arte show, held during the week before Italian Fest weekend. It currently is the only gallery style juried art show in Iron Mountain. Sixteen artists, three jurors, and numerous hours of planning and setting up and striking the show, made for a wonderful exhibition of art. I was surprised and delighted to win the Third Place Jurors Award on my watercolor painting of The Three Graces which depicted three women stomping grapes. Sometimes hanging a show can be challenging, but I was so happy with the ease that two women and I had in curating it. We received many positive comments regarding the hanging!
Meanwhile, up in the studio I’ve been framing watercolor and ink paintings to hang in the gallery. This is the week I plan to rehang! During the week, feel free to stop by the gallery downstairs to see what’s new.
The Dig In and Bike On project continues to move along. Through Kickstarter, 3 racks have been funded and created. Outside of Kickstarter, 3 racks are ordered and a voice agreement for another. Ronnie Bradke is doing a fantastic job of fabricating the racks. Two have been installed in the downtown and I hope the third can be installed this week in time for the Labor Day weekend.
May the rest of your summer and the coming weekend bring you much delight!