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Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

Yeah will not sure I want to say perfect to this practice mantra. However, I am pleased with myself for trying new things for the first time, I think I am doing pretty good. I am still doing ICAD 2014 and using it to try different things. I don’t draw, I’ve tried a few times, but they always look flat, so I stopped doing it. I was afraid of dimension, shadows, lighting, well not sure afraid is the right word, just didn’t know how to do it. I am learning and I am practicing. Here are a few drawings I worked on an index card. 5of61BuddhaLaughing Buddha. This was done freehand by looking at a picture. 8of61Penguin  9of61Snail  The penguin and snail are from the book 50 Things to Draw by Ed Tadem where he gives instructions on how to achieve the drawing along with shading. I am really amazed at myself over these last two drawings. I did dimension and shading and it doesn’t look bad. I am also doing a class online with Derwent, they take you through different  techniques. The first one was lighting and shading. I had fun doing it but it was really hard for me to get she shaping. So shaping is something I’ve added to my list of things to practice.   DerwentBallcropped  Every time I look at it I think the shadow should slant a little more to the left, more in line with following the light spot on the ball. However, it passed and I was sent the next video lesson. I have been really focusing on art lessons and unfortunately I’ve let my Documented Life Planner slip. I did work a little bit on it Thursday and will do more this week. I really want to catch up, plus I have a great idea for one of the challenges, I’ll post here when I finish it. I also am doing a few more different lessons but I’ll tell all about those when I’m done with the drawings required. So this week will be pretty busy catching up with all this on my plate. Plus I will be taking a class in Greensboro Saturday and Sunday. I was supposed to go to Florida but that didn’t pan out, but the class is a great consolation. It is two days with Wendy Vecchi, a wonderful artist and designer with Ranger Inks at Betty’s Scrapbook Room. Hugs!! Namaste!!

This entry was posted on April 25, 2016, in Crafts.

Art Classes That Move

I started two new classes this week and wanted to share our first assignments.

The first class is given by Tamara LaPorte at Willowing Arts. It is a free tutorial called Art, Heart and Healing. The first week was It Is Okay To Be Who You Need To Be, we worked on transforming our inner critic and developing our own positive affirmation. This first class was very healing and I am glad I found Tam and her wonderful class.

 

Healing

Healing


I used Caran d’Arche Neocolors, acrylic, gelatos, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor pencils, stamps, gesso, 2B graphite pencil.

The second class I started taking is Sketchbook Skool – Seeing. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that there were two sessions. Beginnings and Seeing so I started with course 2. I understand it really doesn’t matter which one you take first. Our first assignment was to only use a black pen and draw a piece of toast. My piece was of my German whole grain bread, which I love by the way. However, because it has so many nooks and crannies it was tedious, but I enjoyed doing it and learned a lot.

Sketchbook Skool

Sketchbook Skool

How has your week been? Don’t forget to look me up on Facebook I have a page there called Cat’s-eye Studio.

Hugs!!
Namaste!!!

***Remember you can always click picture to enlarge***

This entry was posted on April 15, 2016, in Crafts.

LifeBook 2015

I am one excited lady right now. I won full tuition to LifeBook 2015 from artist/designer Roben-Marie Smith. If you do not know what LifeBook is, follow the link and check it out. I have heard awesome things about this year-long mixed media art class and cannot wait until 1/5/15.

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All the instructors for 2015 held a contest to win a slot in this class. Each did different things – post a comment was usually one, some added tweet about it, or post on Facebook for extra entries. Since I love Roben-Marie, who is part of the fab 5 artists that started The Document Life Project in 2014, it is sweet that I won from her blog. I have also already taken a few classes from Roben-Marie through their Art 5 Academy and I love the way she teaches.

There are many great artists teaching this year Tamara LaPorte, the brainchild behind all this and really fabulous. If you have never taken a class with her please do. I never thought I would be able to do faces, since taking one of her classes I now can do it.

Joanne Sharpe – OMG this lady is awesome!!! Her lettering classes are bar-none the best ever.

Jane Davenport – what can I say, artist extraordinaire.

Jessica Smith, Andrea Gomoll, and Juliette Crane, just to mention a few.

This weekend I took a class with the fabulous Dyan Revealey so stay tuned for that post with lots of pictures.

Hugs!!
Namaste!!!

WOYWW

Okay I am jumping into to “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.” I am so embarrassed to post this but this was after making some Christmas cards and then I went ahead and started making balloons. I am in a watercolour pencil class by Dion Dior. I sketched and colored a set of balloons with my Faber-Castell watercolour. Once I had them made I decided to make one using the Koh-I-Noor for comparison.

Faber-Castell Balloons

Faber-Castell Balloons

The K’s are not as creamy as the FC’s and blending was a little harder. The colours and vibrancy are the same. I had one green – Olive Green Dark – that was really hard to blend and you could see the pencil lines. It could be that the point was really sharp, but not too sure.

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Finally – the thing I have been dreading – sharing my desk

WOYWW

WOYWW

Thankfully this was when I was done. I am one that cannot start working until my space is clean, so yes, all this has to be put away before I can begin again.

~Hugs!!!

~Namaste!!!