Day 6 “Ivy in Window”

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This was a quick warm up where I further explored the Ivy plant from yesterday. I was attracted to the way the light fell on it and the sweeping arc of the longer stem.

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Blind Contour Drawing: is a line drawing that is created without the use of looking at the paper. Instead, one concentrates intensely on the item that he/she is drawing and tries to draw the many shifts of lines and tangents of lines seen. These types of drawings enhance one’s eye-hand coordination and create a better awareness of changes of form and space.”

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Quick Pencil Sketch

I first explored the whole plant with a blind contour drawing and next drew a quick sketch of the sweeping arc. I love the flow and movement shapes like this present in plants. While drawing I was reminded of jig saw puzzle shapes and felt the shape of these leaves really reminded me of puzzle pieces.

Warmly,

Debbie

Day 3 “A Surprise Bloom”

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This orchid was a surprise bloom on a miniature orchid given to me when I retired from teaching last June. I honestly didn’t think it would ever bloom again! I decided it would make a great subject for one of my creative ritual sessions!

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I started my sketching time with a blind contour drawing which helped me get acquainted with my subject. Then, I did a couple of sketches of the orchid in preparation for a possible miniature painting in the near future. I like the second sketch better and would use that angle if I painted the orchid.

While I worked on the blind contour sketch, I noticed that my eyes definitely wanted to go faster than my hand. They wanted to race ahead sometimes, especially when I came to a somewhat straight line–like a long stem.  My brain would say “Hey a straight line, let’s motor along quickly”. So I had to catch myself and really pay attention to what I was truly seeing, not what I thought I was seeing.

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After I finished my sketching session, I placed the orchid on my window ledge. Suddenly, I realized the shadow from the orchid made a really neat pattern on the sheers directly beside it. Hmmmm this could make another interesting sketch on another day. Interesting how once you start playing, more ideas begin to generate. Definitely a good reason to make your artistic play occur on a frequent basis!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Day 2 “Single Tulip”

I belong to an online drawing group called “Creative Triggers”.  Along with other course exercises, we have a monthly challenge. This month our challenge is Blind Contour Drawing. Here is a definition for Blind Contour Drawing:

“A blind contour drawing is a line drawing that is created without the use of constantly looking at the paper.  Instead, one concentrates intensely on the item that he/she is drawing and tries to draw the many shifts of lines and tangents of lines seen.  These types of drawings enhance one’s eye-hand coordination and create a better awareness of changes of form and space.”

I decided to use a single tulip in a beautiful green bottle to do a few contour sketches and also a quick sketch where I am looking at my paper.  As a side note the  bright green bottle was a Christmas gift from my sweet niece! I really love it.

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Some of my drawing group are taking a few peeks at their sketch books when they reach a line that falls away.  I tried that on my contour drawing with the tulip and vase. I did notice that I seemed to concentrate better when I didn’t look back at my paper, so I think this is the way I will continue with the challenge.

Warmly,

Debbie

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