Monday, October 31, 2011

October Sketchbook Challenge: View by Violette

Violette here!

I sketched and coloured this castle while i was on the plane the other day.When i pulled out my little Strathmore Sketchbook on the plane i asked myself
what i wanted to draw. It was like consulting my Inner GPS. As
soon as i did so a thought came to me about creating a dreamy castle or set of
buildings. So i came up with this funky combo which was created with micron
pens, copic markers and pencil crayons. As you know working on an airplane is a
bit difficult – a tight squeeze. I had my pens all in a Ziploc baggy so they
were easy to access. This illustration reminds me a bit of the work of Tomie
the author and artist of the children’s book Strega
Nona. I used to enjoy reading this story to my kids when they were
little. Tomie’s books were populated by fantasy buildings and interesting
Next I created a floating head which i envisioned as a woman dreaming of a
possible future. Again i used micron pens, copic markers and water colour pencil

As you can see I cut out the castle and popped it on top of my dreamy head.

The Sketchbook Challenge Theme for October is “VIEW” – it’s by Carol Sloan. I know
I’m late in posting it but here it is. I hope many of you are still playing
along? I felt my mixed media piece fits perfectly in with this theme. The woman
has a view but the view is not a physical one it’s inside her head. She is
visualizing a future – a magical future that doesn’t yet exist out in the real
world. As I consult with my Inner GPS I know that there are to
be clouds in the air and some words about dreaming but how they will show up I
don’t quite know. So I’ll leave this piece lying around until the right and
perfect words pop into my head!
I hope you enjoyed my October challenge - i had fun with it!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Days of the Week art journal page

I started on this journal page the other day. Sometimes i journal in a small
art journal as you have seen before but usually my Modus Operandi is to journal
on loose pieces of cardstock. I use a clipboard as a base and then happily
create away. This time i began drawing and inking in only to find that the
piece of paper was not cardstock but just flimsy paper….ack! So i guess I’ll
have to glue this one onto a piece of cardstock to make it more durable.

I think a fun way to art journal is to create a box for each day of the week
– or as many or as few as you like and then journal away. I have seen folks do
this on the net for quite some time now. It lends itself well to my doodley
kind of drawing. As you can see this page is not finished. I need to add lots
more colour.
I’m hoping that the top left corner will remain empty (i have
difficulty with negative space ) but I’m guessing it won’t! If you have difficulty coming up with what to journal about this idea might just be for you! Anything goes and is fodder for
the page – even making lentil soup! The lentil soup by the way is an add on – i
forgot to leave space for it and so created it on a separate piece of paper and
then glued it down.
Here is the finished page - as you can see i ended up putting a rose sticker in the top left corner!


Carol here.

I began the month with peeks into my sketchbook of my interpretation of the theme "view/views".
I wanted to create a triptych of a compilation of my (kayak) view from the ocean side of Charleston Harbor...with a little artistic licence taken.
I've posted two or three phases of the paintings this month and am now ready to show you the end result.

 "The Harbor's View"
©Carol Sloan 2011
This is the panels pushed all together. I wanted you to see the entire space of the piece together.

I've hung the panels about an inch (or so) apart on the wall, like this -

Sue will be posting the prize winners in a day or two so be sure to post your image (s) on the Flickr site.
Thank you for playing along with me this month! I've enjoyed looking through your sketchbook pages and reading the interaction between everyone.

We (as the hosting artists) have been reading emails voicing gratefulness for the Challenge. How the entire thing has made a difference in some of your lives.

I wanted to take the time to thank all of you who have been/who are participating in our challenge. It warms my heart to see how so many people are willing to you all are giving yourselves a chance at this art thing.

It's not easy for a "grown up" (I prefer "older child") to try something new or to put handwork out there when they are so unsure of themselves.

You all have been so very brave.

And I sure hope that your view -
of yourself,
of your artwork,
of your ability,
of your capability,
of who you are -
is changing with each push that you give yourself.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A view of my desk

my studio table october 22_2011
Jane LaFazio here. Several of my fellow artists have posted pics of their studios. My studio is not quite ready for that kind of exposure yet (more like shame) so I'm showing you a view of my studio table, as I work on a page in my sketchbook.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

My Point of View

Hi all, Jill K. Berry here. I recently drew a map that was from my point of view as a teenager. That is to say, a few years back. It was interesting trying to conjure up how it felt to be that age again, and get the perspective back of a young, inexperienced person. Here are some details of the map, which is a combination of pens, watercolor, gouache and dye inks.

My grandparents lived in Newport, California, and I grew up going there every weekend. The first time I saw John Wayne I was seven. He was bald as an egg, and all the women around were swooning over him. Made no sense to me then (it does now). I drew him with a Stabilo pencil and water.

Richard Nixon lived south of us, and was the reason my sister Jana lost her young faith in the electoral system, for a while at least.

As children it was easy to believe the Undertoad would get us if we went out too far. If that happened, we were told to swim parallel to the shore. Was never sure why that would make a difference to a giant toad who wanted to eat us.

This part of California is now covered with multi-million dollar homes. The beaches are hard to get to, and crowded. I am so very glad to have had the time I had there, with my grandparents and family and the point of view of a teenage girl.

Limited View

Diana here.

Traveling is always an eye opening experience and my trip to in Italy last April exposed me to so many people, ideas and views. One of the best words I learned is "scorcio" (skor' che o). The word means "limited view." And my little metaphorical mind went to work on this one.

Isn't that all we have of everything? Only this partial view of the whole. People we meet and know well, for instance: we can only know anyone (thing) through our our experiences. This intrigues me. It means we have a whole bunch more to learn!

This sketch from my Italy journal is of the house up the hill from Maggie's B&B near Fabriano. This was where we got our wine from the older couple who harvest their grapes down the hill a bit and make the wine themselves.

Here is a picture of Maggie and the winemaker's wife. She was a bit embarrassed by her apron and wanted to take it off. But I love this photo! She has a life! and her hands are a testimony to that. Yet again, a limited view, judged from my American urban standards. Let me tell you, that was a danged fine wine.

And finally, my Italy embedded "sketch. A large sheet of paper I worked on one sunny morning in Maggie's garden. As little leaves fell and bugs landed, I drew around them and splashed paint and made rubbings and rubbed it with rosemary. My (limited) view of Maggie's garden. A sketch that I cherish.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A View to the Future

(Lyric here) Sometimes you need a change of scenery.  You need time away from "the usual" in order to refresh and reset. That's what vacations are all about right?

Sometimes I get so bogged down with deadlines that my usual art loses its joy. When everything I'm making seems to be class samples and things that other people want I feel that wonderful creative edge slipping away.

Time for something new - at least new to me. I'm taking a watercolor class through our town. Low key, I already have the materials. I admire the other artists here who do such interesting things with the medium and I've wanted to try it out for a while.
learning about washes
I'm pretty confident when it comes to playing around with new techniques. But sometimes I need the extra push of a class to force me to take the time to sit down and give it a try.

Learning how to paint a tree
My dad is a watercolor artist - so it's both fun and a little scary to pick up the medium he's so accomplished with. My long term goals don't involve becoming an accomplished watercolor artist, I still am in love with textiles and can't see that changing any time soon. But this is refreshing.

Trunk - by Lyric Kinard
I firmly believe we should all try something new once in a while. Play. Put unexpected things together. Let them foment and mash and mix up together and see what new thing emerges from that growing artists' brain of yours.

What things do you do when you are in the slump?
What kind of things are a refresher for your artists' soul?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Meet up with the sketchbook challenge in Houston!

Several of the Sketchbook Challenge Artists are going to be in Houston for the International Quilt Festival teaching, doing demo's and being a part of Interweave Press Make It University and Open Studios.  

Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Jane LaFazio, Judi Hurwitt and Sue Bleiweiss will be at Make It University on Saturday 11/5 from 1:15 to 2:15.  This class is a round robin of fun sketchbook techniques. Students will be divided evenly into groups and move from table to table learning a new process from each teacher.  All our students will be receiving one of these  Sketchbook Challenge tote bags:
filled with cool stuff like a mixed media visual journal from Strathmore, a stack of very cool metallic and micron pens from Sakura and some other fun goodies.

You can also visit some of us during open studios where you'll find us creating and making art right on the show floor!  

Jamie Fingal: Saturday 11/5 - 2:50 - 4:50 p.m.
Leslie Tucker Jenison: Saturday 11/5 - 2:50 - 4:50 p.m.
Judi Hurwitt: Wednesday 11/2 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sue Bleiweiss: Friday 11/4 - 2:50 - 4:50 p.m.

You'll also find Sue Bleiweiss doing demos in Mistyfuse booth #1557.

We hope that if you're at festival you'll stop by and say hello!

posted by Sue Bleiweiss

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

views - viewing

Laura, here after being AWOL for a bit.
This Summer while doing a lot of secluded mountain time I spent my mornings working on the cabin and the clean up around it and finding treasures! Bits of wood, unusual in their form or texture, very appealing to me. In the afternoons, working in my sketchbooks, I began noticing a few things that led me to some realizations and questions.

For decades now most of my art has been informed by my view and observation of the natural world: the marks of time, the marks of the elements on rock, wood and soil. It's always been my sense that these micro-cosmic markings reflect macro-cosmic pattern. At any rate, for me, they never wear thin. They continue to inspire, to ask me questions. And I collect things.

This Summer it seemed to me that something interesting might happen if instead of translating or, interpreting from the objects, I worked with them directly.
It didn't take long to find my wood carving tools, to begin to peel away the dead dry extra material, to find the essential forms.

Here are some peices in process. Gel medium is involved as are beads... questions remain: will these be wall pieces, suspended or mounted? we'll see.

sides one and two of what will probably remain unembellished, but mounted for the wall:

This is the piece that began the adventure. Pearls, garnets and feathers are being added, not much is being taken away.

Below is my favorite right now although the effort to create the right wings is being a challenge. She's a wood spirit but stubborn.

When you view your world, when you notice patterns in your sketchbooks, does this lead you to new places in your art?
Our sketchbooks can help us identify what motivates us as artists, can be rich sources for new work, and can help us ask ourselves interesting questions.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Different View

Carol here, commenting on the "View" theme again.

I did a post on my personal blog this week about a get together with a friend of mine.
Nancy and I played around with making paste paper.

I've been painting what some call "Artist Paper" for a couple (or more) years now.
I usually call them "painted backgrounds" because I usually wind up doing something else on top of them, or collage an art element over them or utilize them in one of my art journals.

But one thing that I noticed after photographing some of them is that, based on your point of view, you see totally different images on them.
Take this one for instance...

The first thing that I see is the gold stamped poppies, then the two perpendicular marks on the left side. The next thing I notice is the dark red screened image (which is a drawn seed head type thingie).
My husband saw the marks on the left side last (in the order of three).
I guess that each person will "see" this differently...from their own point of view.

Here is another view of the same paper.

This is a close-up of one section. Notice that the screen printed image  (because of the way the light is hitting it) appears different. The gold poppy is still the first thing that we see...because of the paint that I stamped it with.
I used the Golden Fluid Acrylics Iridescent Gold Deep (Fine) for this. It is a beautiful, beautiful gold paint. And if you water it down, it just shimmers in the light. But be careful about too much of it - you just need a little bit.
I plan on adding more layers to these papers.
Hop over to my blog to see the other ones that we did. I've posted some of the more traditional paste papers over there.

Don't forget to post your sketchbook entries in the Flickr site. Tag them with the special code to be entered into this months give away.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The sketchbook challenge 2012

You didn't really think that after all the fun we've had this year with the sketchbook challenge that we wouldn't come back for another round in 2012 did you?  We've had such a good time working in our sketchbooks and seeing all of you working in yours to quit now!

I'm very happy to announce that Susan Brubaker Knapp and Pam Carriker will be joining the Sketchbook Challenge 2012 lineup and you'll be seeing posts from them on the sketchbook blog soon.
Here are your 2012 Sketchbook Challenge host artists:

Jill Berry :  blog    /  sketchbook profile
Sue Bleiweiss :  blog  /    sketchbook profile
Pam Carriker  :  blog   /   sketchbook profile
Jane Davies  :  blog    /  sketchbook profile
Jamie Fingal blog    /  sketchbook profile
Leslie Tucker Jenison  :  blog   /   sketchbook profile
Lyric Kinard
blog   /   sketchbook profile
Susan Brubaker Knapp blog   /   sketchbook profile
Jane LaFazio blog    /  sketchbook profile
Kelli Nina Perkins :  blog  /    sketchbook profile
Carol Sloan :  blog   /   sketchbook profile 
Susan Sorrell :  blog  /    sketchbook profile
Diana Trout :  blog    /  sketchbook profile
Laura Cater Woods :  blog   /   sketchbook profile

And we've got a brand new sketchbook challenge blog badge too!

Directions on how to put the badge on your blog are here.
(if you previously installed the badge on your blog following the copy/insert directions on this page then the badge image on your blog should have already updated automatically.  If not, then you will have to re-install it)

2012 promises to be another great year for the sketchbook challenge packed with techniques, tutorials, and of course 12 new themes to inspire your creative muse.

We're all very excited about the continuing the challenge into 2012 and we hope you'll all join us!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sketchbook Survey

Hi; Jane Davies here. I've just posted another survey to understand better the practices and needs of our Sketchbook Challenge readers. This one is short, and it is focused on how you use your sketchbook. You can click here to take the survey, or go to my blog, where I've also posted a bit about the Sketch-In that Sue Bleiweiss and I taught last weekend at Ink About It. Here are a few pix in the meantime:

Using watercolor pencils into a scribble exercise

Deborah's masterful watercolor

Sue and Lori, one of Ink About It's owners

Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoy the survey.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Harbor's View

Carol Sloan here.

Here is another look at the painting inspired by this months theme.
It all began on the pages of my sketchbook.

I've got the first layer of color on the houses. I'll continue to add glazes and highlights...
maybe even change the color completely if I want to.

Who knows what will happen - not me...
Not until we (my muse and I) say
"It's done."

(and it's not...not yet)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The View

utah art retreat 2011
Jane LaFazio here. This month's theme is View. You know me, miss literal. I went through my sketchbooks and chose a few examples of my view.
upstate new york
Upstate New York

the view
Sierra Mountains, California

utah art retreat 2011
Utah (with a photo of the actual view)

montecito journal
Sierras, California

Camping in Dana Point
The beach and marina, California

Montecito 2010
Sierras, California

Los Penasquitos Elementary Front Views
A school yard, San Diego, California

borrego march 25 oreos
Borrego Springs, California

may 22
Solana Beach, California.