Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Daily Art Tattler has arrived!

I decided to pull myself up by the ears and get moving on the art blog challenge. I have set up a blog for my own work and as "headquarters" , The Daily Art Tattler.  I likely will close this blog down soon since I cannot keep up with more than one blog at a time.

Once again the challenge is to do art every day. The new blog has a dedicated page for those who might be interested in joining or those who just want to be spectators.  I have added a work in progress there as well.
Hope to hear from you over in the comments section of The Daily Art Tattler!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Inspiration from other artists and some blind contour work and more free online classes

Carne Griffiths uses tea, vodka and brandy along with more traditional drawing tools.

Check out the materials used in some of Anne Marie Busschers works as well.

I am debating whether to move the art part of this blog elsewhere-I don't have energy right now to deal with putting up a weebly website so it would be just a blog here on Blogger if I do that but I will be doing something soon.

Been working on blind contour drawings-something I usually have disliked working on as a general rule but I am enjoying the non committment this method of learning to see has afforded me. Here is one page.
Blind contour

Btw, Craftsy has some drawing classes-some free. You can access them by registering after which there is no strings attached. I cannot vouch for the specific classes but I did learn to put in an invisible zipper properly (I have been doing it for years less than properly) and how to use tailors tacs from free videos and these both were top quality and so I have faith in the rest of the content.

I am sorry to be lacking in enthusiasm-I'm just really tired after some extremely stressful few days. I think we have turned a corner-tentativley but that is an improvement over what was before.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Classes, tutorials-free and paid

I am actually buying two online classes for Christmas that are focused on my own personal goals but in the meantime the two places that I am buying from also offer great tutorials that are fun and easy to do-even for the time strapped among us, so I thought I'd add them here. I'll talk about the classes when I do them:)

Carla Soneheim- I love her entire site-blog and work as well as the tutorials page where a few topics are offered from a wide range of teachers. She is offering a year long class that I think would be fun and it intrigues me due to the fact that she will be discussing the business end of art but I have set goals for my own art so I didn't enroll in that particular class. I think though that alot of people would enjoy it and benefit from it. I hope that one day the business side of this course can become available independently.

Tara Leaver- I am not sure how I came across Taras work, yet I remember that  it was her paintings that pulled me in-maybe a google search. I love her work! And I relate to her in many ways. She has a set of mini tutorials that she offers when you subscribe to her email list. I have recieved one tutorial (Just signed up a couple of days ago) and she is a very good teacher.

A few online class suggestions were tossed around on Facebook today. Two happened to recommend paper and pencil suppliers. Checking out product websites is actually a great suggestion for tutorials or learning how to use materials and picking up new techniques.
As time goes on, I'll focus more on this aspect. Even if you are a great artist, taking classes can be the best thing you do for your work. We are lucky to have technology that helps us to that end.

Do you have suggestions?

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Art a Day Challenge Rules

Hello! So glad you have decided to join us! I thought that I'd better draft a simple document just in case people want to know exactly what it is we are trying to do here.
Here is the basic set of rules:

  •  I am opening the challenge for up to 10 people. 
  • It will start in January of 2015.
  • Particpants of all levels and skills are welcome.
  • The idea of creating art every day can be a challenge but you can either choose to do a full work every day (you decide what that means), or you can work on doodles, sketches, gesture drawings, studies, etc. every single day.
While the above is a flexible set of rules, what isn't flexible:

Participants must well…particpate. If you can only do one work a week, then let us know-that isn't a problem in itself if your heart is in it. Infact its downright understandable that some of us might be able to produce art a day for months and then drop off for  a bit.  Its all good.

More importantly is that by participating in the challenge we become a community. For a community to exist, members must communicate with each other in order to offer feedback and support. That is a requirement in this challenge and why I am limiting membership to 10-its doable for each of us to talk to each other.  

I want people to really think hard about this rule-there are a million reasons as to why it has to be this way and all of them are valid. On the other hand, I can't think of one reason to not make it a requirement. 

Finally-I welcome input.  I am not a formal challenge kind of person and therefore when I came up with this idea, I knew I'd let it float and develop more spontaneously than other challenges. 
I will try to pull together a blog hop button and themes and  tutorials lists. Heck, maybe even a contest here and there. 

To sign up just leave a comment and let me know of your experience in art and what you hope to accomplish with this year long challenge and if you have any questions.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect, Ideas, Suggestions, Samples

I was checking out differant drawing challenges and narrowed it down to two. One however is folding and that leaves me with the one that I have belonged to for eons but have not ever participated in ( I have said that I don't rise to the occassion on these haven't I?) Maybe others will crop up by New Years but I like to plan ahead on things like this. At anyrate the one I recommend is Everyday Matters and has been around a long time. They have a Facebook page and a Yahoo group. Judging from my observations over the years, members are very happy to engage with each other regardless of whether one has a blog or not.

Groups are after all about community which requires interaction.  Art is about feedback which requires communications (going both ways). Its a great group that meets all of this criteria more or less. I plan on being more active in it this coming year though I think that their criteria is a weekly drawing challenge which can be more doable.
However,  I wanted to share something old and something new with you to illustrate (no pun intended) that art a day is doable in and of itself but that it can be part of the whole (a composition) by working on its parts in a committed way daily.  These "parts" can be cohesive ala Gestalt theory-or not.

Here is an old assignment of mine from my first ever general drawing class. We were to use a theme and the objects were to interact with each other in some way thereby creating a set number of mini compositions within a larger composition if I recall this correctly from 10 years ago.

 I had to apparently tape an extra piece of paper to fit everything together in order to complete the work.   I think that the level and ruler should be flipped over now that I see it here. After uploading the photos,  I  found that the larger sheet had two more panels folded over for storage so there were 8 panels total-more tools obviously.

I wass in design school where fast turnaround of work was a teaching goal so this was probably executed in two or three days tops. Despite the pressure at the time and  years between the assignment and now, I recall that I enjoyed working on the panels  a great deal and so have decided to do another this week:

I have seven spaces, one for each day of the week. I had forgotten that the point was  to theme and to interact but its not too late for the interaction at least. No theme this time around.

The reason I am showing this work now is that each of the panels  took about 20 minutes with revisiting briefly on and off throughout the day except for one-a necklace with carved beads-that did challenge me-I think it took two hours and I don't think its finished.
 Here is the completed project:

The other reason I like this set up is that on one page-one can see where work needs to be done and the successes as well. Because there should ideally be at least interaction if not a clear theme-it gets the brain working.   I became impatient with the work actually and I thought I would be away on Sunday-the last day-so I threw in a fork the day before and didn't give it a lot of thought nor time.

As drawings, I think each is successful in its own right. As a composition or for its interactions-I don't see too much but there are suggestions in there. Click to see for yourself.

My point in working on this last week was to show that a person can do art a day if that is the goal. It need not be a masterpiece a day. It need not be perfect. It doesn't even really need to be cohesive.  This is one way to play for an alotted time per day. There are other ways of course-self discovery is the real point isn't it?  Art is the last frontier no matter what they tell you about space;)

Do you think this idea  can be useful to you?

Friday, December 5, 2014

How One Drawing a Day Changes Lives

Its a commitment and it can be painful to sacrifice for it. We don't sacrifice for art right? We need to rethink that.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Charles Burchfield

This time around, I want to present a single artist who is not an abstract artist but whose work I completely admire.

Charles Burchfield, Dandelion Seed Heads and the Moon, 1961-65

Charles Burchfield, Glory to God, 1949 Source
Charles Burchfield, 1951, Still Life in Winter, Smithsonian

What has always fascinated me about Charles Burchfields work is that it throbs. It is alive and pulls me into its world. The other thing is that some of his work reminds me of childhood moments of wonder, my personal sleep and waking dreams as a youngster.
But its this vibration that he captures that pulls me into his work. It makes me tingle.
I suggest that readers google to see more of his work. He was extremely proflific at times.