CEDs 144-145 are posted, shown (left) on my drawing table...which by the way, is getting out of control...don't believe me, check out the picture below.
The last few days of school...wow, they sure do sap your energy. Maybe it's just me? I was exhausted this afternoon, took a 2 hour nap. I am looking forward to the weekend, donning a bunch of baubles to art it up with my fellow Tipsy Art gals, sleep in (well, for me anyways), maybe draw some at the pool...I am inspired by my friend Jess to maybe go and by a...
REALLY BIG CANVAS!!!!!!!!!
...and paint something. Anything. Maybe on the porch. Gotta start this summer off right, folks.
Well, I do still have to work on Tuesday, but for me...summer starts tomorrow at 2:40. Bring it!
Busy, chaotic, non-stop, fabulous day! I spent all today helping my art students 'pack their bags' (literally, they are taking all of their work home!), then went straight to Michael's for a T-shirt Makin' Party with my new JV Cheerleaders. Most of the were able to be there and we had a great time. I love combining my two favorite things- art and cheerleading!
Then...it was home and slip away into an art coma for an hour, wake up and try to get re-focused...make extra t-shirts...start my CED for today...sadly, both the t-shirts and the CED #144 will have to be finished up tomorrow...gotta gear up for my last day with my 'I-day' students!
CED #143 in the window sill...
Wow, another busy day. We sure made a ton of art this year at IMS! More about the end of the year madness on my teaching blog...this here...this is my sacred spot for my art. Well, sacred might be a stretch, how about designated? That will do.
I completed my CED #143 earlier today, still working with the same theme, same color scheme...but I started to do a little doodle-magic-craziness when I was sketching the hair. I like the contrast of a controlled, fairly tightly rendered face with chaotic, quickly sketched hair. Might explore this some more...
...kind of like a visual journal at this point...
I started to think about my self-portrait for this month...not sure if I am going to go with a pencil sketch like the ones I have been completing each day...I did buy rectangular canvas yesterday that I thought about using. Again, one obstacle here is myself. All of my other portraits are 11x14. For the particular pose that I am thinking of using, I really need a longer, horizontal format...more elongated that the 11x14 will allow. Only problem is...me. My obsession for things fitting together within a series...I know that I limit myself by doing this, but it is difficult to allow myself to move away from this aesthetic...so, not sure what I am going to do.
However, I will note that I never did re-draw those first two CEDs for this month. I left'em 5x7 and went forward with the 8x10-sized drawings. Now...do I switch up the size on my self-portraits...guess we will wait and see. And I did take a little time to head to the pool for the last of the light to complete two 10-minute blue sketches...I neglected those yesterday.
...of school that is! This is my last week! We are going to be insanely busy finishing up last minute projects, taking down artwork, sorting art, distributing art AND getting the classroom studio cleaned up and ready for summer...WHEW! I am exhausted just thinking about it. Despite the hectic day (and night, John lost something and we spent 4 hours searching for it...still haven't found it...) I was still able to find some time for CED #142.
CED #141 is all done. If the weekends are any indication of what this summer will be like...waking up, drawing...making art throughout the day...yes, if my summer days are anything like this then it is going to be a very productive summer indeed.
I also 'warmed up' with two more drawings in my little blue sketchbook. The first one was inspired by the song I was listening to, 'California Waiting' by Kings of Leon...which I was listening to because John and I were working on our annual California trip plans last night...so...excited. I look forward to this trip every year, it energizes us both. Let the countdown begin!
But before that, a short trip to the Carolina's...gotta go and see my momma, like a good southern girl. That trip is just around the corner.
The second 10 minute blue drawing....I really need to figure out what I am calling these...anyway, the second drawing is the figure, I guess it is becoming a stylized version of myself... the figure is at the bottom of the page and her hair is strewn all over the top portions of the page, tangled and crazy...that's me thinking about that fact that I needed to stop artin' and come inside to clean up my closet. Sigh. Guess I better do that now.
I added the two new sketches and my CED #141 to the slide show in the previous post. (Scroll down)
Just wanted to make a note on a side project that I have taken on. It started with my decision to work with one color for this month...then a fleeting idea to find a blue sketchbook...the actually finding one...then the idea to fill the whole thing up with blue drawings...and so, well, I started it.
The concept- fill new blue sketchbook entirely with blue drawings. (Why? Ummmm, I am working with a monochromatic color scheme this month...I chose blue, this fits my theme for the month.)
It is so daunting, opening up a new sketchbook...seeing all those white pages. I think I blogged previously about all of the sketchbooks that line my shelf, each started with the same thought, 'wow- I am going to fill up this while sketchbook!'...and then...not doing that. Sigh. Which, there is nothing wrong with, but for whatever reason I like to finish things, to start from the beginning and go to the end, to use it all up..if I am making necklaces I want to keep creating til the beads are gone. If I pour paint I want to keep painting until the paint is all gone. Part of it is some sort of short-range goal setting- I feel a mini-success when I commit to sitting and beading until the beads I poured out are all used. Part of it is because I don't want to waste materials...if I pour out that paint on my palette I am going to find something to paint it on...hey, paint doesn't grow on trees. But for whatever reason, that is how I work, and I respond positively to the idea of using it all up...the pages, the paint, the beads, the pencil.
So I am attempting to fill up this entire book, all 100+ pages, by the end of the month. Why? Because I am working with blue....and blue is the theme for the month...and next month will be different..and...well...I just want to.
Now to figuring out just what to draw. I decided to go with whatever random thought came to my mind. Whether it be a part of a conversation, and image...just total randomness, and all in the moment. I also made the decision to limit myself to working in 10 minute increments...that way no one drawing becomes too precious, and that should help me get these all done.
Interestingly enough, I think this may the birthplace for paintings and drawings in the future, based on what I created this morning...shown in the slideshow below, which shows my CED #140 and the first of the 10-minute blue drawings..enjoy.
1) My piece for today...ummmm...it looks better from this angle, at least I think it does. I drew this picture just out of my head, with no real visual reference...so I feel that the angle is off...but it captures what I was thinking today...head tilted back, eyes looking upward. So if you look at it and think, 'JLove, that looks a little off'...I am aware, and I agree...but I kind of like it. (Click here to see the regular straight on view)
Did I just reference myself in third person? My apologies.
2) Okay, so I used some red...and added some glitter. I really do have a reason for straying from my commitment to monochrome this month...so hear me out. My trainer (yep, I am trying to work on myself a bit) shared some stories of loss with me and this image came to me. A strong woman, looking up, thinking about those that had passed on, but always keeping their memory alive in her heart. As for the glitter...it doesn't need any justification, even if it is red glitter because...well, it's glitter. Duh.
And in alot of ways, (sorry for using 'alot', if my high school English teacher ever reads this, if so my syntax probably keeps her up at night...and love of ellipses...I digress...) I think that this is really what much of my works gravitates towards, whether directly or indirectly, not just the female figure, but the idea of love, and remembrance.
So, in summary, CED #139 is complete, and Angela L if you are reading this that piece is for you, even though I can't feel my arms and legs after your workouts yesterday and today. And yeah I used some red. And glitter.
...and long week...can't wait for summer! Here's my CED #138...now, time to sleep!
Yay! No time to post, gotta catch up on Game of Thrones with the husband!! CED #135 is done, check it out!
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG