As an artist I love to venture into new areas. One of those new areas is collage. I haven’t done many of them but I like assembling the various aspects of a collage and then painting over them with acrylics or pen. The challenge for today was to create a picture of a plant. I chose to do a orchid like flower over a collage of old newsprint and other paper assemblages. The piece is entitled “Red Orchid” and is the first of many more of these types of pictures I hope to create.
While I have come a long way on over a month and half of drawing I still feel I have a long way to go with my art. I would love to incorporate more color and take my drawings to the next level where my art is more artist worthy and less of a doodle. Today’s offering for the daily art/ drawing challenge is one based on shells. At first I was going to do sea shells but came across a picture of a “Giant Turtle and Babies” which I did in a simple pen drawing with highlights of color.
It took me a while to settle on what kind of drawing to do for today’s challenge which if you haven’t guessed by now is rocks. The piece entitled simple “Rocks” comes from a picture I took of a rock formation surrounded by flower I snapped in Montgomery County. I can’t say I am totally enamored with the final effort but I like the overall look.
Today’s challenge was to draw some leaves. I didn’t want to draw just a tree so I decided to draw just a couple of leaves with the city behind. The piece entitled “The Last Leaves of Fall,” looked different in my mind then how it turned out. I drew the piece and then highlighted it with pen and filled in some of the details with colored pencil. I then touched up the picture digitally. Someday in the future I plan to revisit it, maybe redo it in acrylics or pastels.
Fire is the subject of today’s art challenge. I started out drawing the usual lantern but then I thought no. I wanted to do something else so of course I chose a candle but a candle with a special flame. The piece was sketched in pencil then redone in ink and filled in with watercolor and colored pencils. I hope you like it.
Today’s challenge was to draw a rainbow. I went through a number of idea with putting rainbows in different landscape scenes but thought to myself “how usual.” I decided to take a simple pen drawing of a women holding some balloons and add some color. The piece is entitled “Rainbow of Balloons.”
My wife often asks me “Why don’t you finish one picture before you start another one?” My reply to her usually comes out as a philosophical sounding statement, “An artist is as an Artist does…”
What does that mean? Well as an artist when inspiration hits I pick up my pencil or paint brush and let inspiration runs it’s course. Currently I am working on my daily art challenge, a few other odds and end projects and a commission project for a good friend of mine.
I handle all the different projects at once by working on a painted piece, then moving onto another piece of pen and ink, colored pencil or pastel piece while I am waiting for the first piece to dry.
I know a lot of artists can only concentrate on one piece at time. I don’t seem to be able to function that way. Maybe it is my adult ADD or just the fact I love to create up to the point that even when I am not spending time creating works of art I am doodling in pen and pencil. I have come to like many of doodles because they are more spontaneous and are done with less worry about the end result which is why I created my other blog Whoodles.
In the end when someone asks you what are you currently working on simply tell them a lot.