I’m a bit late posting my sketch this week because I have been playing around with drawing skiing penguins and they are not quite ready to go on the blog. And I haven’t really had as much time to sketch as I would like this week. Gotta work on actually prioritizing those priorities!
I was flipping through the sketchbook and remembered doing this back in October. I’m pretty happy with how it came out:

I also did a miniature that I am even more happy with:

This is acrylic paint over gesso on a scrabble tile.

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Garlic – DPW 10 Minute Challenge

The DPW Challenge was to paint the same subject quickly, multiple times.

Each painting is about 4″ square. With only 10 minutes per painting, I was forced to mix colors quickly and leave things when they were not coming out right.garlic
These are my two favorites. The one on the right, especially, came out looking 3 dimensional.

I added the shadows in the last few seconds and they look awful… have to work on that.

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Composition Challenge

 I’ve been avoiding the Daily Paintworks challenges because I am intimidated by the skill level of those who respond to them… but I’ve decided to have a go this week’s challenge since I am struggling to understand composition.

Having no art background and wanting to get into more artistic quilting, I need a stronger grounding in Art Theory. I bought Mastering Composition. I am learning a lot but I can only read a couple of pages at a time before my brain feels full — it’s a bit of a technical slog if you’ve never taken an art class.

This week’s challenge is to pick a portion of the photograph to make a good composition. I’ve come up with two ideas.

The first composition option focuses on the girl entering the cafe. I like that your eye travels from the girl up to the sign and the lantern and then comes back to rest on the girl.

I also really like that there are strongly defines light, dark, and medium values that are easy to see. The girl and wall are light, the door and sign are medium and her shirt and the cafe entrance are dark.     Right?

I might leave the cafe sitters out of the composition to simplify it. Or leave the plant and just the cafe sitters behind it. I think I am going to take her suitcase out of the painting, too.

The second option I came up with is this:

I like that your eye is drawn to the dark window and then up the stair and only then does it come to rest on the girl. My only concern with this one is that it seems like it is mostly middle (the stairs) and light (the girl and wall) values — no darks other than the pop of the window and the railing.

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Getting my sea legs back

Rusty and creaky, trying to get my quilting sea legs back after a 5 year hiatus:

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