I did some stream of consciousness drawing this morning — otherwise known as doodling — with my Graphitint pencils. These are graphite pencils tinted with color that get more vibrant when you add water. I drew and washed a few colors and this face came alive.
Lately I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful children, the children here in my community, and I’ve learned a lot about their histories — moved from home to home, witnessed violence and murders, and felt the chill of losing loved ones. Yet here watching them play in their new families, it seems a bit like they dropped out of the sky, full of hope and full of shadows. Everyone hopes we can give them a real childhood and that Bridge Meadows will provide them with the stability that will help them thrive. Already we see them growing and learning and playing.
I decided I needed to do series of these sky children and I got some great feedback from fellow artists at my Oregon Womens Caucus for Art meeting today. I will create composite drawings, not actual portraits, and try to capture the spirit I see in children. The muted color of these pencils seems perfect for the project, especially since it’s often grey and misty in Portland. The deep often cloudy life of children is rich soulful territory and I remember it well from my own childhood.
This first one is in my watercolor sketchbook. Tomorrow I’ll start on a bigger, denser piece. I love it when a stream of thought leads to an entire project.
It turns out having a cold provided me with enough time to finish my Sketchbook for the Rozelle Artists Guild Third Annual Project Sketchbook by deadline. I couldn’t go to meetings, so I got to stay home and draw. Here are a few more of the pages:
Here’s a picture of people enjoying the show last year. They hang the sketch books on string on the wall so you just go through and browse them all — great hands on art.
The show details are on this poster. I hope you get to go — there’s a whole range of art styles. My friend Mary Jo Karimnia has stitched art in her sketchbook.
It was a great project for me. It made me take my sketching a little more seriously and I find I’m always more productive if I have a deadline to meet. Otherwise, I wait until everything is perfect and so I never finish. I never have to worry about being a perfectionist — it ain’t gonna happen. But creativity happens every day.
If I hurry a little bit, I get to be part of the Memphis Rozelle Artist’s Guild Sketchbook 2012 Project that opens on March 2:
I’ve already missed the deadline to get in the catalog but I’ve got til Thursday to get it in the mail. To help me along in finishing it, the universe sent me a lovely cold so that I feel like sludge. Should I draw a sludgy slug? I wanted to do a nice themed journal about Memphis memories but it wound up going all over the place. It did, however, give me a nice venue to process some feelings about my mom dealing with dementia. Here are some sample pages.
One thing I really like about keeping a sketchbook or art journal is how you can see how different moods and events impact your drawing style.
The Rozelle Artist Guild show is a non-juried one, very democratic that gives it an exuberant quality. My husband likes to say life is what happens when you’re making other plans. I plan to get this finished in the next two days. It’s only 16 pages, for goodness sakes. I’ll let you know what happens.