Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Poetry of Lines of Shapes

A Day in The Life.... Sketchbook Project page 18 Color pencils 

Our little town still has above ground telephone and electric lines and there are always mourning doves or purple matins etc. sitting on the wires - quite often a conference of them! I love to watch them as they fly away and come back following some private code of their own.  I was very pleased to draw a simple sketch of those birds and incorporate them into my Art House Co-Op Sketchbook-Fiction project narrative.  While working on the project  I really learned the poetry of lines, forms, shapes and colors in sketches. And I realized that to be a true artist I need to follow Irwin Greenberg's advice, " Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached. "   :) 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Different Perspectives

Hanging Beauties  6x4" watercolor

Delicate Beauty  4x4" watercolor

Lately I have been hearing again and again how we should shut off all the technological distractions like cell phones, computers, iPads, television etc and concentrate only creating. But is artistic creativity only confined to the traditional platforms? In today's society, what is the artist's responsibility for showing different perspectives; for using various newer media in creative ways for making a statement; for helping the world learn to empathize?  A TED Talk by Artist Raghava  KK    "Shake Up Your Story" shows off  his children's book idea for iPad. The brilliant creativity he displays  showcases how to expose children to various perspectives on morality, culture, religion etc in a playful, kid-friendly way.  What a wonderful way as an artist to open minds.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Light of the Day

Sunrise By The Water Digital Photography

He who is here in the human being, and he, who is there in the sun, are one and the same.” (sa yas-cayam purushe, yas-chasavaditye, sa ekah).
Taittireeya Upanishad

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Summer Dreams

The Day In The Life...sketchbook project page 17 color pencils

My Fiction/sketchbook project  The Day In the Life -In Blue Jeans with gold Embroidery is digitized and online  at the Art House Co-op website :)  I will still slowly put the pages on this blog too but this lets you look/read the whole thing with one click

Now, looking at all the scanned pages in one place, I really long for another goal to work towards! These days I find between catching up on housework,  some garden tending, getting the house repaired, repainted and rearranged, my art time has really eroded. I also have a few wonderful new art books that I am thumbing through that have ideas and techniques that I can't wait to try! And then there is the new Adobe Photoshop that I just purchased and waiting to be mastered. I have to find some extra time - any ideas and tips for me? 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rideable Art

Rideable Art  digital photography Mysore  Aug 2011

Think of bicycle as rideable art that can just about save the world 
-Grant Peterson

Monday, September 5, 2011

Field Experiments

Watermelon and berries  sketching with Aquaflow brush with watercolor tube paint
At the Gate sketches with Aquaflow brush, tube paint, Pilot G-2 pen
Ready to Board  sketch with Aquaflow brush, tube paint, Pilot G-2 pen

I had purchased a Aquaflow waterbrush just before my unexpected  trip to India last month. I made myself a small field box by putting a blob of paint each of cool and warm reds, blues, and greens, aurelion yellow, raw umber, burnt umber into an old small flat Celestial Seasoning Tea box measuring 3"x2"x1/2" . The brush, the box and my sketch book (5x3"), a Pilot G-2 pen were packed into a quart size ziploc bag and fit in my purse neatly. 

I really enjoyed trying out my 'field sketch box kit' at the airports mostly and found it fun. It took some practice to get a feel for the brush which has a store of water --to figure out how much to squeeze as you paint and how to blend the colors!  I also now know to add a sponge or couple of paper towels to the kit. I played around with sketching first and then adding the colors  as well as putting down the colors first and then defining with the pen. Except that by the end of the trip, some of the paints mixed with each other (airplane pressure issue?) and there was a small mess in part of the box, the kit was a successful experiment. 

Fig  Salvia  sketches with Sakura waterbrush Koi watercolor field sketch box

The sketches of the fig and the Salvia was done at home couple of days ago with the Koi Watercolor Field sketch Box and the Sakura waterbrush that came with it.  The field box has 24 mini pans of paint, 2 sponge strips, a mixing tray that fits neatly to the side when opened, and room for the dis-assembled brushpen. The lid can be used as a mini easel for the watercolor paper that I cut fit into the space between the lid and the mixing tray.  I could hold the field box in one one hand and paint with the other, making it a neat field box. The box measures 6"x4"x1" when closed. I am not too happy with the waterbrush that came with as it kept loosing hair and it took me a while to figure out that I had to twist it to the right to loosen it as opposed to turning to left as I instinctively do ! I was afraid I was going to ruin the brush even before I had a chance to paint with it!!!  I am really looking forward to using my field kits regularly and hope all the sketching will make a difference in my studio paintings :) Please let me know how you approach sketching on the go.   

the set ups :)

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