Thursday, June 19, 2014

It simply can not be "forced"

Something I am learning, is, that for me, drawing can not be forced.

By that, I mean to say that I can not schedule time to draw as I might when it comes to sewing. I can sew day or night, for hours at a time, I don't even have to think about it.
But putting pencil to paper seems to require more from me, I am not certain I can even explain it, but I need to be "in the mood" and even then, my subject matter has to be something that I find interesting.

Every now and then I find myself in the mood to draw, have my sketch book and pencils ready  but little in the way of inspiration near by.

This happened recently, when I found myself with the urge to draw, the only thing close at hand was this large weed. I believe it is called Nightshade.
Even though it is a weed and likely not what one might consider to be pretty subject matter, I thought it had many very interesting elements and found my pencil moving quickly to try to capture them

I then recalled that some time ago, I had "doodled" this weed......I needed to flip through my pile of old sketch books to find it

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Red Trillium

I ran into a small problem as I worked on this piece. From the sketch I had done previously, I began inking and painting this red trillium.

I always like my work to be as neat and tidy as possible, so I generally tape the borders of my painting to give a nice clean edge. The problem?.....because I had not doubled checked the measured area when I added my name, I found that the mat I had chosen, completely hid my signature.

In the past, I have been pretty lax about signing and dating my work, I am trying to break that habit, I really did like this mat combo, so I simply signed one likely would have known without peeking under the mat.

This was being "gifted" so I did not have a lot of time to come up with a different solution.

Copyright Jill Buckley