More Drawing in Public

Waiting in DMV

I tried drawing while I was in line getting my driver’s license renewed. This guy was really fidgety so he grabbed my attention. He looks a lot more patient in the drawing. The whole time I was drawing these guys in the back were laughing and talking. I got so paranoid. I knew they couldn’t be laughing at me, but it really bugged me. I kept drawing though. I knew I was being silly. But there is an uncomfortably exposed feeling to drawing in public. I want to have a good drawing on hand to prove that I really can draw. 😀

Kris Cahill at Art and Clairvoyance gave me this award. Isn’t it pretty? This pleases me so much. Getting two awards in one month feels pretty good. Blogging is awesome.

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I will pass this along on my next post. I was tagged by Kim at Laketrees for two memes. Thanks for thinking of me Kim! So I will probably put a long post together Sunday or Monday to finish all of my homework.

Thanks for stopping by!

My Favorite Tool

Leatherman tool

This is my entry for Everyday Matters challenge 16. It’s my Leatherman tool and it’s got needlenose pliers, a straight knife, scissors, three screwdrivers, a phillips screwdriver, a bottle opener and a corkscrew. When it’s folded up it’s around 3 inches (8cm) but it weighs a ton. I think my husband and I got this as a stocking stuffer or a Christmas gift. I have personally never used it for anything practical, but it is fun to play with.

Remember this?

Emilia Award

When you send out the love, the love comes back to you. It’s great to get this again. Thanks to Cedar Raven for giving me this award. I love her blog so much. She’s doing some very cool things with watercolor and acrylic ink. She’s just posted a list of resources for artists using acrylic inks, so check her out.

Well, I’m off. I have to find out what this week’s challenge is. Thanks for stopping by!

Drawing in Public

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These little sketches may not seem like much, but to me they represent a personal victory. I finally got up the nerve to draw in public again. When I was a teenager I drew all the time. I drew during class, during lunch, on the bus. I can’t remember when I actually stopped. Probably when I finished school and had to grow up. Like many people I dropped drawing to pursue more “effective uses of my time.” Silly me. I went to college. I eventually ended up studying accounting. How did that happen? As for productive use of time, I never even finished.

When I came back to drawing again (15 years later), I was so rusty I was ashamed to show anything. I only drew at home and I would cover up my sketchbook if my husband came into the room. I finally got over myself a bit and began to take classes. It helped me quite a bit, but I still never quite felt “safe” drawing in public.

street.jpg Everyday Matters challenge 36 is to draw out in public. So I did. I plunked myself down in a cosy chair in a coffee shop and drew quick sketches of what I saw out the window. I don’t know what I was so worried about.

These sketches may not be masterpieces, but they are special to me because they will always remind me that the fear of doing something is always worse than the doing of the thing.

Thanks for stopping by! Your encouraging comments contributed to this victory. I appreciate you all so much. 😀

Neck and Neck

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Last week I drew this in my journal. I was trying to write about current events instead of my usual self-absorbed scribblings about what I was feeling. Even I find that boring upon rereading. Anyway, since the Wisconsin and Hawaii contests are today, I thought I might as well post this little drawing here. If things keep going as they are, our May election in Oregon may actually matter. That will be a change.

Thanks For Your Support!

Instead of the usual picture and a lot of gabbing about me, I want to chat about you, the readers. I’ll be posting more art shortly.

When I started this blog in December I had my doubts as to whether anyone would come to visit. So as I start my third month of blogging I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you have stopped by, left comments and returned for more! I really appreciate all the encouragement and praise in your wonderful comments. I know that you don’t have to do it, but you took the time and that makes me appreciate it so much more.

This week I was thrilled to see that I was listed as a recommendation by DouDy Sketche. Thanks doudy. Those of you who have visited from there know that it is a delightful blog and a doudy is a delightful person. He says he is a beginning watercolor artist. Well, if he is a beginner, he has loads of natural talent because he has some really lovely work there. He writes great posts documenting his learning process. I really enjoy visiting there. I’m sure you will too.

I want to send more appreciation out to poet Malcolm Lloyd, who featured my colored pencil self-portrait on his blog Excited Fire – Erotic Poetry, Passionate Expression . He wrote a very nice poem to go along with it. Oh, and Malcolm. My mom liked it too.

Here’s more love. These wonderful artists have linked to my blog. Since I am a fan of each of these I am so pleased and grateful to have them add my blog their their blogrolls.

Felicity’s Philosophies and Other Curiosities

drawings & sketches by dibujandoarte

Nemosky Art

Africantapestry

It’s been a great two months of blogging. I feel more confident about my drawing than ever before. I’m starting to refer to myself as an artist without feeling like I’m telling a white lie. Thanks to every one of my visitors for providing much needed validation!

More pictures coming soon!

UPDATE: Thanks to the lovely PamYla for adding me to her blogroll as well. ^_^

Origami? I’d rather not.

Origami

 

I went on a brief origami binge a few years ago. I was obviously trying to punish myself for something. I found a couple of my creations tucked in a corner. They really didn’t come out too badly, but I remember that making them was tortuous.

Folding and creasing, pulling and folding. Sighing and folding. Clenching my teeth and creasing. Refolding all the folds that I didn’t fold straight enough. Balling up the paper and throwing it away because my bad folds and creases ensure that my poor crane will look like something you’d find dead by the side of the road. After tossing out a half a pack of paper, I was able to produce a passable crane and swan. Once I proved to myself I could do it, my origami period was definitely over.

I admire people who have the patience for origami. I love looking at the results, even if I hate to do it. I’d rather just draw the things.

Another Everyday Matters Challenge

I’m still jumping around my Everyday Matters list. My eye landed on number 53, draw a mouth. For this challenge, I decided to draw my own mouth.

Draw a Mouth

Everyday Matters is a wonderful creative community on Yahoo. I really enjoy my time there. If you are interested check us out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/everydaymatters/

If you’re just curious about the Everyday Matters Weekly Challenge list you can find it here:

http://karenwinters.com/kblog/edm-challenge-list/

It’s a great list of prompts if you are feeling stuck.

Until next time, thanks for visiting!