At this time of the year, I start to prepare for the New Year. I think about what my "Word of the Year" will be, and what kind of planner I will use. I've been experimenting with planner options since November, and my latest idea is to incorporate it into my sketchbook. I've long been a fan of Jenny's Sketchbook, so I thought I'd try next week using her format. I painted this sketch of the Sea of Galilee and then drew in the planner information.
Awhile ago I wrote about using acrylics in a small space, and how I was trying it after seeing Rae Missigman do it so well. To do that, I'm participating in her Twelve Tags of December project. As usual, I was late jumping on the band wagon - we wouldn't want to do anything too spontaneous would we? So, I have a little catch-up to do. These are the first three tags I did all at once.
Friday was library day. I love library day. Can we have it every day, please?
There were three drawing books on the shelf, so I scooped them up and began hungrily devouring them. This drawing is much wonkier than the one in "Drawing with Coloured Pencils" by Jonathan Newey, so the result is quite different. But I sure enjoyed drawing on coloured paper!
Swatches of CanvaSkin, Oil Painting Pad and Yupo (clockwise)
Drawing on Watercolor Paper
Drawing on Grumbacher Oil Painting Pad
Drawing on CanvaSkin
The paper canvas made for oil painting (both the Grumbacher and the CanvaSkin) definitely won out. (Another satisfactory method is to gesso your paper first, but I find this step too tedious for words.) I don't do oil painting and I have a lot of this paper canvas from another era, so I'm happy to find a use for it.
Next I tried stamping with Gelatos:
I found getting the right amount of water on my stamp frustrating, as well as choosing the right kind of stamp. Although some of these are usable, I prefer ink pads or markers, so I'll probably give this a miss, unless a specific project dictates their use.
Being a multimedia artist is hard - I'm a "jack of all trades and master of none". I don't do enough of this kind of testing with my various media, so this was time well spent!
One of my travel mates on my recent trip to Israel tries to walk 10,000 steps per day, using her pedometer to measure them. I put a battery in mine when I got home - I can't make it to 5,000 most days. Bravo Naida!
I try to do some art every day; to pick up a pen, a paint brush, anything. This was inspired by some brush lettering I saw on one of the many blogs I follow for just this purpose - getting inspiration! I appreciate every blogger out there who contributes to my artistic growth. Thank you all.
This sketch, in contrast to the last, is more of a "James Richards" kind of sketch. Again, not of the quality he does, but more the flavour. Richards wrote a wonderful book on architectural drawing and architects often do loose sketches of architecture concepts, showing buildings in context.
We see again here, the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. A worker cleans the fountain where Muslims perform their ablutions before entering the shrine. Over on the right, Israeli soldiers (young men and women) chat informally in a group, as they seem to do all over Jerusalem. I realize now that I edited out the guns as I was sketching. I don't like guns.
The Dome of the Rock, on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is a shrine, not a mosque. The "rock" is the rock from which Muhammed ascended to heaven. To Jews, it is the rock on which Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside to see the rock.
This sketch was inspired by Tommy Kane. My sister gave me his book "An Excuse to Draw" for my birthday. Now, I'm not saying that it comes close to the quality of Tommy Kane, but he does incredible drawings of buildings, capturing all of the detail. I don't have the patience of Mr. Kane, and gave up long before capturing the mosaic tile on this one.
I didn't have time to do much sketching while I was in Israel. I did manage this drawing of a bottle of date honey I bought for my husband.
Date honey is actually date syrup made from pressing the lovely dates they grow in Israel. It is very yummy, and can be used for cooking (as a glaze for chicken, for example), or on pancakes or waffles. Hubby will likely put it on ice cream too.