23 Aug

Journeys

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This month’s theme on The Sketchbook Challenge blog is Journeys. You’d think that with all the traveling and visitors we’ve had this summer, I’d have a sketchbook full of journey drawings, but no. Instead, I’ve shared a journey of a different type. I use my sketchbooks most often as a step along the way from idea to finished art. With my show coming up, it seemed apropos to share Army Wife-related notes and thumbnails. So, go get a peek at my messy sketchbook pages and the finished textile narratives they led to here.

05 Dec

Adjusting the Process

I may be easing into a new way of working. As I focus more on drawing, it is only natural that I try to make a connection between my works on paper and my works on fabric. The connection need not be obvious or intentional — I’m just trying to be mindful of it’s possibility.

Bittersweet

The last Twelve by Twelve challenge of the year is Sweet. It will be my last challenge with the group, so “Bittersweet” came to mind. As usual, I went to my working sketchbook and wrote down things that came to mind when I thought of sweet or bittersweet. Then, instead of going to my fabric stash, or being satisfied with rough little sketches, I went to one of my heftier sketchbooks and drew/painted studies of bittersweet. I drew two varieties of the plant, and painted abstractions such as the triangles in the page above, and a stylized berry pattern on another page which also included a drawing of a pile of dark chocolate.

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I like the concept, and there are some interesting elements going on. But I’m quite sure I don’t want to be so literal as to recreate my sketchbook drawing in fabric. So often, something is lost in the translation when trying to recreate a drawing or a photo in fabric. The medium is so much a part of the message. So, what to do, what to do?

Somewhere along the way, keeping up with the doings of our teenage German exchange student, something caught my eye. She had posted a cute picture of herself and her sister on Facebook. A friend responded with “sweet,” but in German, which is “suess.” He used the extended German alphabet, with contracts the double esses to an eszet (ß), which looks to Americans to be a funny B, and changes the ue to a u with an umlaut (ü) — which looked to me like a cute little happy face in the middle of the word! Süß! How sweet is that?! You never know where inspiration will come from.

Now I’m thinking I will go with the typographic interpretation of Sweet and not the bittersweet aspect. So, was all the drawing and exploration of Bittersweet a waste of time? Absolutely not. It was part of the process. It helped me clarify. It provided me with a color scheme I will stick with, and options for details if I want or need them. I’m thinking that the triangles could reappear as a quilting motif, and the red berry pattern could translate nicely to embroidery…

25 Nov

A Post For My Dad

No fiber stuff to share right now, so I’ve got drawings. I’m trying to spend more time drawing since I see it as a bridge between crafty me and artist me. Not that drawing is crafty. It’s just that I see myself as primarily a craftswoman and needleworker, but I can draw as well. So, since “real” artists draw, when I draw I feel more in touch with the artist I want to be.

We took my visiting mom and step-dad out to lunch today at a brewery restaurant that is filled with bears and bucks and pheasants and such. I brought my sketchbook and drew the bear watching over us. The rest of the drawings are from the life drawing sessions that I try to attend weekly, so if you are uncomfortable with male and female nudes, don’t scroll beyond the bear. Dad, I know you love my drawings so scroll to your heart’s content.

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Figure Drawing 11/8/12

Figures 10/18/12
Playing around in one of my sketchbooks.

Figures 10/18/12

Figures 10/25/12
I don’t like what I did to her hip area so I have subsequently painted over it and added some other design elements. I haven’t bothered to photograph it yet because I think it’s still missing something.

Figures 10/25/12
I tried these without lifting the pen/pencil. The first/black one turned out best.

Figures 10/18/12

Figures 11/24/12
The pose of that day. Lots of inherent energy in the pose. Not sure it’s in my drawing.

Figures 11/24/12
As soon as the model struck his pose, I saw this as the companion to the next drawing which I had done and posted a month earlier.

Figures 10/25/12