|Camellia from March 2012|
I was not very familiar with camellias, since they don't thrive in Memphis, where I spent my first 46 years. The winter blooms became little beacons for me and I've loved attempting to draw them over the past six years.
|Monday's journal page testing colors & misspelling camellias|
|Watercolor and colored pencil on yupo -- The Great Camellia Disaster|
The other project this week was to draw a winter tree. It started with an idea in my journal:
|The Tree in the Seed|
I enjoy drawing trees but haven't quite mastered their spindly branches and shape relationships. It doesn't matter so much, the more I draw or paint them the more I understand them.
I was still obsessed with my yupo paper and decided to do a winter tree with a warm core, trying to show the energy that seems to be radiating within the old giants as we get closer to Spring. It wasn't entirely successful, but it was easier to work with the way the paint flowed since I was not looking for precise shapes. So this was my most successful project this week:
|Spirit Tree watercolor & colored pencil on yupo 9x12"|
I'm posting this at the Paint Party Friday site, if you want to see more artwork, there's a lot there along with an interview with Denise Thewissen. It's always a very inspiring site.
I have joined a picture book challenge and hope to have a draft/dummy of a picture book drawn by June. My assignment for the week is character development, not just in the narrative but in the illustrations. This is a totally new and exciting project. I hope to develop my ability to draw and paint people and keep them consistent throughout a series. I also have to learn to create scenes. I may fail spectacularly, but I'll learn a lot and have fun along the way.
Thanks for stopping by and keep creating.
Remember, an artistic disaster is easier on the soul than an unmet need to express yourself.