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Finished April Painting!

I have finished it a while ago, but haven’t got around to posting it yet, so here goes:

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ta da!

I can’t say I like it very much, in fact I strongly disliked it after I finished it. But since then it sort of grew on me. And (probably more importantly) it was fun to paint it – picking out all the earthy browns and greens and doing the wide strokes.

It is not my usual more realistic sort of detailed painting, I don’t feel like doing though for a while, because it feels less like expression and more like work…And I have enough of that anyway 🙂

My favourite bits of this painting are the Moon and the fire – it is probably not clear on the photo, but they are sort of more 3D in the real life in comparison to all the other stuff in the picture, which for me means that they are the focus of it, what really matters – the Moon and the fire. 

I guess I grew to like this picture because it was satisfying to paint emotion rather than objects, it felt more about, the sense of longing, the loneliness, the waiting of the huntress by the fire and less about exact position of her legs, or where her arms went or if the shadows are falling in all the right places.

I spent several years during my childhood in the art school and I have all those notions of what way things should be done and right and wrong…Which is great and all, but I think I stand a better chance of painting more often and getting better at it if I have more fun…which I do 🙂

Looking forward to rolling again for May! 🙂

 

PS: there we couple of links in my lost post which I came across when working on my sketch, I think I should find them again and save them.

tutorial for drawing an elven ranger with a bow: http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/2004/1/1/how-to-draw-an-elven-archer.htm

sitting figure and other useful sketches: https://sites.google.com/site/juliannemazza/life.drawing

 

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oops

I have just lost my nice and detailed post about April sketch 😦

boo 😦 Well I have no motivation to actually re-write it, so I’ve just posted the picture.

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Sketches for April painting

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Status update: ideas for painting

Hi again 🙂

So I did some thinking about what sort of image I want to paint using footprint, arrow and eye. My imagination is still pretty rusty at this point, so I was having difficulty of moving beyond the obvious interpretation (someone looking at a footprint in the sand in a certain direction…yawn 🙂 ).

Fortunately, after chatting with my husband we came up with a rather neat idea: a picture of a ranger, a hunter (or huntress 🙂 ) following a trail. More exciting..

However hugely outside my comfort zone. You see, I draw flowers and landscapes. Sometimes cats. I’m pretty good at flowers and landscapes…people? Oh not so much. But pushing me outside my comfort zone was entire point of this exercise.

So..

Painting for MARCH: a huntress (an archer – arrows!) following a trail.

I will post a sketch once it’s ready 🙂

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results of the first roll for painting

dice1

2 – Acrylics

Theme: eye, foot print, arrow 

Ouch…will have to think about that one…but playing with acrylics should be fun 🙂

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Hello world!

Hello! I’m Ev and I like art.

I like many things, and I also have a nice husband and a nice but tiring 2 year old son. Oh and a PhD in Astronomy to complete..

So I’ve been having trouble finding time to draw and paint, which makes me sad. Therefore, the purpose of this blog is to motivate and organise me into painting more often.

Because the most likely time I paint is in the evening after a long day, I’m usually pretty tired and lack energy necessary for proper imagination..But I also don’t want to copy other people’s art, because (hopefully) I’d like to improve and grow as an artist.

So here’s THE PLAN.

1. I will make ONE drawing/painting a month (realistic targets here, I’d like to do more, but if I can achieve one a month, I’d be happy!)

2. I will select my medium by rolling a 10-sided die (I have those…I like board games :):

1- pastels

2- acrylics

3- non-coloured pencils (I’m sure theres a better name..)

4- coloured pencils

5- watercolours

6- black and white watercolours

7- gouache

8-  any type of pens

9- black and white acrylics

10 – charcoal

3. I will pick a theme by rolling a number of story cubes (here I roll a 10-sided die again. because there are 9 cubes, rolling either 9 or 10 gives me all the cubes). I will be VERY free in my interpretation – remember, the point of the exercise is to help my imagination. So the picture might end up only loosely based on story cubes…or not at all (I seriously doubt that though, at least at the start!).

What are story cubes? These things! http://www.storycubes.com/wp-content/themes/storycubes_new/images/products/storycubes3.jpg

4. I will report my progress at least once a week, probably on Saturday.

5. Once the picture of the month is completed I will post a photograph of it here.

I think that’s it 🙂 Let’s see how it goes!

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