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October 28, 2008

EDM Challenge #195: Draw a Fork



Tomorrow I'm leaving for the International Quilt Festival in Houston, followed by a business meeting in San Antonio, so I wanted to complete this week's EDM challenge before I leave.  EDM Challenge #94 was Draw a Spoon.  This week it is Draw a Fork.  I posted the two of them together because they are a wonderful pair of salad utensils - shiny silver that I still can't capture. 

Need Inspiration? Artists' Sketchbooks Online

Nina Johanson, a member of the Everyday Matters (EDM) Yahoo on-line art group, posted a message about this website in November 2007 - and I looked at it and bookmarked it for future reference. 



It is an index with links for sketchbooks that are on-line - many from Master Artists and many from contemporary artists.  Scattergood-Moore, the artist that maintains this website, has done a wonderful service for all of us who love to learn from the Masters and be inspired by some of our contemporaries.  Bookmark it on your blog and spread the word about this excellent resource.

I've been drawing/painting daily since January 2006 and now have 23 completed sketchbooks.  I love books and rarely draw or paint anything that is not on a watercolor journal page.  Sometimes my daily page is more like a visual journal or travel sketchbook, but most often I'm working on specific skills that I want to develop, practice, and remember.  I sketch from drawings of the Masters, trying to copy their lines so I will learn from them, and rarely attend an art exhibit without sketching at least one piece that is in the exhibit.  But I also draw and paint my grandchildren's toys to connect with them on a different level.

I'm not sure how often I looked at the sketchbooks that are linked on this website over the last year, but recently I noticed links to blogs of many EDM members in the Index and an invitation to submit your sketchbook URL for consideration to be listed. 

October 27, 2008

EDM Challenge # 188: Draw a Peanut

We didn't have any peanuts in our house - and I couldn't find anything to inspire me to do this challenge when it was posted -  until yesterday.  I then decided to learn more about how peanuts grow and looked at information and images on the web.  This is a painting of a plant with its flowers and peanuts.  I really didn't know that peanuts grow underground from shoots that arise from the above ground plants.  Very cool!



October 26, 2008

Face and Figure Drawing Practice

I continue to practice drawing faces and figures from photos - and did these 4 during October.  I selected this photo because of the foreshortened right arm and was happy with the arm drawing.  Not so much with the eyes.


This drawing was done from a runway photo.  I saw and loved a Klimt-inspired gown in the window of Oscar de la Renta's store on Madison Ave.  This is the image of the dress from the runway - but I didn't even try to reproduce the fabric design.


Two faces drawn from magazine advertisement photos.






October 23, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - October 2008


The Virtual Sketch Date photo was just perfect when I was deciding what to draw and paint for my daily journal page.  I usually only do the EDM challenges, but this is the second month that the photo for VSD was irresistable.

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