Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lynn Meets Mixed Media and Visual Journaling

Welcome to my weeks worth of drawings and in a few cases a dive into Mixed Media Visual Journaling.
My week back to front ... meaning these drawings are not all in chronological order of when I did them.
In fact this is the last drawing I did this week at Starbucks.

And this was done at the beginning of the week. But I find uploading to Blogger via my Smart Phone where the photos are now stored sometimes causes me to make mistakes that can't really be moved around once done. But does it really matter, probably not.

Meet Matthew Midgley, our teacher in Sketchbook Skool's Polishing Klass of last week. He is a Foodie and gave lessons in drawing food. My attempt was to draw some tomatoes under cellophane in a cardboard container and some left overs I was having for dinner: sautéed vegetables in a glass dish. And a yellow onion and a carrot.
My emphasis here and in my normal diet is on Whole Foods, as you can see. Since the dinner dish was left overs I could draw it quickly before I reheated it to eat and therefore did not have to let any food stand getting cold to draw before I could eat it. A problem a lot of artists complained about when having to draw food already cooked and letting it get cold to draw it first.

Early in the week we stopped at a Café in one town over from ours, a place near a house we rented over 30 years ago. Hadn't been there in a long time. They have a lot of fun stuff on their walls, really, every inch of wall space is covered in STUFF. I'm afraid I didn't do it justice.

You do realize that I make up the conversations my "people" are having don't you?

One evening we drove to Roseville, had a nice Mexican meal and then went next door to a new spot called the Acoustic Den where they had live music. The Old West Trio, that you have heard me talk about in the past I am sure, were on stage this evening. Their singing and playing were great as usual. We love Cowboy music.
And they were very friendly during breaks and came and talked to us at our table. I drew them.

These were the folks sitting in front of me.
This weeks new instructor in SketchbookSkool for Polishing Klass was Juliana Coles. She is into Visual Journaling, a mixed media way of creating, and I really fell in love with her teaching. I had all the necessary tools on hand, as I had tried doing this on my own in the past, but never got very far. Her demo was fantastic and I got the hang of how to put a page together and the couldn't stop making them.
I had found this old ledger at a Goodwill thrift store recently for 99 cents! I decided to use it for my substrate not knowing how well the paper, which is somewhat thin, would hold the craft paints, glue and other stuff I was to throw at it. It did amazingly well to my pleasant surprise!
This was my first one. I love how it turned out. You start with a drawing or page in your art journal that you weren't particular happy with. I took a quick drawing I'd done in my life drawing art journal and photocopied it and cut that out and glued it to my page. They I wrote free style over it and a lot of the page. I added craft paint to obscure much of the writing just letting some show through and circled words that stood out to me. I added scratching lines/marks; and used some stencils I had in my stash too. I threw in that little girl photo of myself/also photocopied and glued down and drew around it. I used letter stamps to show some of the words from my writing. And I went around the original drawing and some of the stencil shapes with bold black pen.

This was my second one, also done with the life drawing figure (a different one).
I used different stencils, more craft paint and words. You do not start with a plan, so the whole thing just evolves of it's own volition as you create. It's really fun. For instance, on this one I accidently spilled my purple paint and used a spatula to pick it up and return it to his bottle. I wiped the painted spatula on my paper and so the shapes you see there. They were integrated into the piece nicely.
Number three: This one started with a guy I drew at Starbucks in the ledger book. I then wrote over him across the whole page. Added stencils, some with wax crayons and some with paint and black bold brush pen. I added more drawing (the big white cup lower left and big letters in the talk bubble) last.

And my forth one, See I really could not stop, nor will I. I think I will leave these art supplies on my dining table that we only use for company anyway, so I can make more of these. This one is a large birthday card done on a large thick piece of mixed media paper. I started with a photo of our grandson.
I drew the VW Bug, because when he was four years old he taught my husband and I to play the "Slug Bug" game and he and I still play it to this day! I drew us grand parents at the top and his age.
I added the pot leaves. and some Hebrew (Shalom) letters from a stencil. Added some cut out quotes and wrote on it too.

Each one of these were quite different from the others and the process felt great doing each one.
Juliana suggests working a bit and then putting it way. She sometimes completes some of hers 5 or 10 years later.

Then today we were back at Starbucks and I drew as I normally  do, just collecting more people and conversations! It was a good week.

Thanks so much for coming by. I'm thinking of re-doing Beginning, the very first Klass in Sketchbook Skool. If you have been thinking of signing up registration is now open and that would be a  great place to start. See you in Klass? I created a link on the word Sketchbook Skool.

Have a Creative week, thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments really do keep me drawing!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lynn Drawn by Many and Art Lynn has Drawn This Past Week

It all started when I took this photo of myself after buying myself a new hat in Oregon!
 We had just arrived in Springfield on our way to Portland for a short, but very sweet visit with family there! 

       I posted the photo, drew it myself, then challenged Sketchbook Skool Klassmates to draw it too! A bunch of them did! 

I apologize to a few of the artists, who drew me, for not connecting names to drawings as they came through Facebook! Now some have gotten lost from me, but aren't they all great? I thank you one and all! 

Selfie by me

This one with bird on top was done by a recent Sketchbook Skool teacher,
 Nelleke "red cheeks" Verhoeff!

I hope my friends will chime in here and match names to drawings to give them each credit.

 But they are all so ME! Don't you agree?

Cathy Tenzo drew me in her cartoon style!

Brenda Leonard did great in ink and color!

Sara Parkin did a fantastic job on hers. I told her I could "feel myself inside that body"! Thanks Sara, and thanks too for becoming a new follower on my blog! I hope to see you here a lot. ;-)

C. Hamilton did a great job on this one!

Klassmate Stuart Goss did this lovely shaded rendition

Sharon Lombard softened my look here


and last but not least, artist Iva Sikirica llic beautified me in brown pen
Again, thank you all who took up the challenge and drew me from my photo!
And now we are busy with Every Day in May, I am keeping up the best I can and have done days 2-13 here ... Then we went on a short vacation for a week ... so I am behind again.
Day 2 is What's for breakfast; Day 3 is Outside your window and I drew this on our drive up to Oregon; Day 4 is "Best Gift Every"; Day 5 is "A walk in the Park; Day 6 is "Unlikely duo" (me and my honey); Day 7: "Favorite medium".

Days 8-13: Day 8 "Mother's Day"; Day 9 Whimsical, Day 10 "Picasso Yourself", Day 11 "Upside Down"; Day 12, "My mess", Day 13 "Jungle".
Then we were in Oregon. On the way up we stopped in Springfield to spend the night and had dinner at Café Yumm! I drew these women thorough the window. They were sitting outside.
The next day we were in Portland and had a stop at Starbucks there before hitting my favorite Art Supply store! The Muse where I stocked up on BIG Pitt Pen brush markers! And a few pens and three new art journals.
This couple was so sweet.
We chopped up our time with family when they weren't working; and doing our own thing.
I love this restaurant which is vegan. They make the best chili bowl with brown rice and kale.
Absolutely delicious.
Of course I enjoy playing with my grand daughter, who is 4 and "three quarters" she informed me.
She is very bright and likes to draw.
I also drew on my own. This is for Sketchy, the online portrait site.
I drew my friend Cathy T. again in drag.
We spent a morning at Barnes & Noble Café in Clackamas, Oregon as we got a flat tire the evening before and had to get it fixed. I found a huge book of Art by William Steig. I love his drawings and cartoons. The book was originally $40. The sale table had it for $2 and we paid $1.80 with our members discount tacked on to that! Such a deal.
I did some copying of Steig's art but it's easy to see where it ran into just being my style after all.
They called us from the tire store and we went to wait with these folks also waiting for their tires to be repaired. When it was all over there was no charge for repairing out tire. I asked why.
They guy said it was because I was an awesome person.
I think it was because we got the tire from that same company in California and it was still in warranty and they found all that on their computer.
Aren't computers wonderful?

A different day and we are back at Harlow's and I had the same thing again, but this time added a fruit drink called North Star: Carrot, Apple and Orange juice. Very tasty.

And then we were at ,Starbucks again. Always a good place to draw. Tops and bottoms!
And finally on our way home. Not bad traffic, but that was all there was to draw ...
Until I decided to draw another klassmate, Kate S. I gave her very red cheeks. She said it was okay.
It was a good trip. We also had a little sweet time with our two oldest grand children.
Mikiah will be 26 soon and Kaeli is in her last few semesters of Nursing School/college.
We are so proud of them.
Our kids are turning an addition to their home into an
So if you need a clean, self contained with kitchen, bath, own door, cute, place to stay in a lovely neighborhood in Portland,
walking distance to a gorgeous huge park,
close to stores and shops,
let me know!
I'll get you the number to call.
If you live in Portland this can be a great place
for your guests to stay!
Thanks for coming by.
I appreciate your visits and your comments.
They really do keep me drawing!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sketchy, Sketchbook Skool And My Life (or is that my life?)

Our teacher Vin had us drawing from Sketcky App and my klassmate Cathy T. had a wonderful photo of herself in costume I enjoyed drawing!

And Vin had us drawing from life to focus on faces! 

I love capturing people in action even if that action happens while sitting still.

It's always exciting to create conversations for the people I draw!

I've never been as involved in politics as I am this campaign! There's so much invested emotion around these candidates. 

People in line at the coffee house are such easy targets for my art journal! It helps that I draw them quickly!

New teacher this week is Nelleke from Amsterdam. She is so much fun energy! Continuing our focus on faces, but with room for lots of whimsy ! 

A slight detour with a visit to family on Mother's Day. I've really cartooned my grand daughter and her young friend at brothers soccer game!

And again with my daughter, who does NOT have a witches nose, but fairly real of grand daughter under sun umbrella! 

Then on to creating pages of expressions! 

And combining collage to drawings or vice versa!

Another klassmate offered us photos of herself for drawing expression!

And more collage, this time with a message! 

Lots of ways to make faces!

And finally back to drawing from life. But getting cartoon-graphic novel-ish.

And then there are days when even I need a break from it all! So I take a day off. 

That's all folks, for this week! I am wishing you a very creative week! Thanks for coming by and remember you are my inspiration and encouragement that keeps me drawing!