Wednesday, July 02, 2014

New Directions


Here is a little drawing of nasturtiums from last Friday, June 27th. This is my first time working with a dip pen with a nib, and I had fun with the scribbly lines. I colored it in with my Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils and added a bit of water to it. This piece was quite fun, and it just feels happy to me.
 I had not been able to make it to my art class in ages, and I have really missed the opportunity to draw for three hours every Friday afternoon. I have also missed seeing my teacher Mimi La Plant and all of the other students as well. Everyone in class is so incredibly talented. I am so impressed by the skills of the others, and it gives me something to strive for in my own work.
 I could always draw stylized designs well enough, but when it came to realism I was at a total loss.
 it has taken a lot of hard work to begin to develop my eye and see the things that make objects come to life. I am still struggling with contours, but I am sure that will get easier in time.
 Anyone who thinks that artists can just automatically either draw or paint should see how hard everyone in our class works to develop their skills. I think that it takes an awful lot of perseverance for anyone to truly excel at anything: even creating art.
Although people often remark that I make things look so easy when I create my fiber art, I have been doing it for so long that I am not even consciously aware many times of all of the little steps that have become such ingrained habits.
 

1 comment:

Smokey Leal said...

April---Your drawing reminds me of the 'Craftsman Era'. You have always had a good line eye and now you are combining it with the techniques you are learning in your art class. I really like the feeling your drawing emotes. Thanks for the happy. Smokey