Saturday, November 27, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
#Antigua, #Guatemala, #VirtualSketchLeicester. Digital drawing in iOS notes. After images
from videos and google earth references. Many thanks to Pete Sketches from the Virtual Sketch Leicester group for this!
This group puts together weekly collections of locations around the world for participants to sketch from. There is a closing ‘throw down’ where people share what they’ve done. I believe this was originally started in response to the Covid pandemic.
Friday, November 19, 2021
Dog wearing glasses and seashell still life, my drawings from Sip & Sketch week 82, 11/12/21. Remembered in random order.
- Seashell still life
- Dog wearing glasses
- Woman with piercing eyes, wrinkled face, long hair
- Asian girls in red ceremonial garb
- Lotus seed pods, (not remembered)..
- Staircase and temple in Thailand with dragon like railing
Sip & Sketch session/week #82, hosted by theater costume and set designers, Lisa Jordan and Cindi Taylor,
Thank you so much for making these sessions possible.
They curate a set of images for each session. Participants draw each selection at varying 'pose' lengths - from 5-20 minutes - until the timer rings. Then most participants show their drawings briefly for a group screen shot in 'gallery ' view. These sessions take place virtually over Zoom.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Mostly I think I worked/played with my dolls and toys. I had lots of golden books but I couldn't read yet. My parents read to me a lot, including from a book of Grimms fairytales the original versions. There were no illustrations in it. Each story had an illuminated first initial but that was like an inch by c. an inch. it ***??? wasn't you can see anything in it. The two volume book set is fat and printed in that German Gothic text so I couldn't even recognize any letters. I would just listen to the story as my mom read it.
After my dad went back to Germany, my mom continued to work in whatever job she was working at - secretary. And she saved enough money to take a long trip to Mexico. Of course I went with her. It was a three days and three nights greyhound bus trip. I was not drawing during this. I think the bus was too jiggly to be able to draw while riding. I had some books to look at. I think we also just visited with the other bus riders.
Whatever artwork that survived all these years I had done it on newsprint pads some of which was even lined. You know, the bigger lines like for kids. Sometimes I drew in ballpoint pen, (did we even have them yet?), or used regular crayons. I used my dad's set of tempera paint - looks like a watercolor set in a closing tin case. (He left it with me when he returned to Germany…) And I think I had to use his bristle oil painting brushes, which were not good for watery paint. But he was also really good with brush and ink sketching or pen and ink. His father was an artist who did illustrations for the newspapers. Whenever an article was about ****???? and I would like** portrait sketches done really pretty fast in pen and ink. And because the stuff is just for printing it was done on newsprint - it wasn't meant to last.
So I'm not sure I'd recommend anything but play with the dolls or any dolls, any toys, that you have. You know, play pretend and look at books, read them. Drawing should be an extension of playing with toys.
I always wished for one of those pencil boxes that had a little drawer. I don't think they make them anymore. I never got one. I also really loved those letter writing cases. They opened like a book. Had a place for a large pad of paper, and slots for envelopes, pens, stamps. They closed with a wrap over snap or a zipper. Never got one like that either. My Ginny and Ginnette dolls had a lovely trunk for them and their clothes and accessories. That had a little drawer. But I did not get those dolls til age 6-7.
My Mom and I brought home from Mexico earthenware pottery. Lots of kids dishes. Also the kid/doll size version of a corn grinding stone. And that carved chocolate making tool. …mollinilo
Years later when I was big sister to all my siblings, we'd sit around the table drawing together. But these activities were also influenced by our parents. Our Mom's father and aunt were both very involved in artistic/creative interests. The German aunt had made a picture book of her childhood activities in her home - a copy for me, and a copy for the German cousin about my age.
Once I was in art school and came home, (family had moved to Michigan), to spend Xmas break babysitting them while Mom went to visit in Europe, I got the opportunity to kit out the siblings w some more grown up art supplies. I got them each a 'leatherette' bound sketchbook and an assortment of decent colored pencils - Berol prismacolor.
But they all always liked the bright colored water based markers. Our Mom kept them well supplied in those. The two boys were always drawing maps on those shirt cardboards that came from the cleaners. These were lands and terrains to drive their matchbox cars on, on the floor. They also drew fantastic landscapes and imaginary scenes. They did much more drawing than the girls did. I think our Mom just bought them large pads of drawing paper about the same size as the shirt cardboard. One of the brothers drew lots of cartoons and Rube like contraptions. This however was the brother who died as a young man.
Every kid,(sibling),had their hands in some creative ventures. It was just part of what was assumed kids did. They were never overly praised or paid attention to for what they made. In Montclair they were still quite young. So our Mom was always taping their art from school up on a little wall area in the kitchen.
At the young ages i think it's more important for the art to be an extension of the imaginary/pretend world. A place to play with your characters in - to pretend in.
So what kind of little suitcase/travel case would kids nowadays like for keeping colored pencils and markers? I think I made books back then as Christmas presents for my parents - Ie the Nativity story. But I didn't have a stapler big enough to staple properly. Christmas card making came along because our Mom had discovered one could do fake gold leafing. It was sheets of transfer gilting one burnished off onto your page. She was writing in 'fractur' with special calligraphy dip pen and ink, and then using the fake gilting. I think that started the Christmas card making tradition. (Like doing the cookies at Christmas or eggs for Easter.)
Our Mom also taught me hand sewing, crocheting at a very young age. because she'd had to do it early. Sew an apron to learn sewing. And make a crocheted potholder as a present for whom? I don't know. She had to do it and then I had to. My siblings never got that far.
After rereading this I have kept returning to recent memory of a traveler from England(?), who had an adorable travel painting set. A tiny paint set in a case that opened up to hang on your chest like a tiny easel! Smaller than a cigar box. One side held the papers, the other side had the paint set. Some tricky ways for water and mini brushes too. I don't know the name of this kit, and cannot find it.
So with your question dear friend, I keep googling for this for me! But I may have found some decent options for kids. One kit is canvas type. No idea what the media qualities are. Another kit is Crayola. That quality is ok enough. (It's what I've been using in the kids classes.)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Sunday, November 7, 2021
I drew from memory of a brief study of the reference images from week 80, Sip & S'ketch. I did not attend, May only get these done.