Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to Find Your Starting Point in a Drawing - Painting & Drawing Tips

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Your Ready to DRAW. . .

But HOW DO you START?

As an artist you are attracted to many things: light falling on a rose; an eagle soaring in the sky; the profile of a young child.  You know what you want to draw but how to get started is a big problem.

Many books and tutorials say, start with a basic shape.  I certainly can see that with a child's face. An oval would be a good starting point. But sometimes I find the shape does not work for me.  I like to have something that will give me Reference Points to move out from.  The large oval or rectangle gives me the size but no help in locating key elements within the subject.

A 'Line of Action' gives me more information.
Poppies are so much fun to draw, I love their flowing lines
When you study the poppy on the right, you can see some very strong lines that define the shape.  For me the strongest line with lots of information is the line of the petal coming forward.
This line gives a sense of size and shape.  It acts as a reference point to other important lines.
Once this first strong line is placed on your paper you now have a point of comparison.  All other lines will be longer or shorter than this one. It also gives you a reference for the the angles of the other lines.

The 2 secondary lines
Drawing in the two secondary lines defines the whole structure of the flower.  Each element builds from them.  By comparing the length and angle of line you draw to your structural lines, you can complete the drawing of each petal.
Hard to believe this is the SKELETON of the poppy!
Once you are happy with the length and angles of your 3 lines you are ready to roll.
Drawing the first petal
Drawing that first petal gives the structural lines meaning.  Once the petal is in place, it is possible to place the stem.  (I have included the other flower in the reference picture so you can also add the little flower pod leaves.  Those little things give your drawing character.)
As each petal is drawn it gives you a reference point for the next one
After the first petal is drawn, you can now see where the one to the right fits in.  Move around the flower drawing each as you go.  Hint: I found it better to draw the area on the left side before drawing the area at the back.  Once your layout is finished, you can go back and refine areas and add your shadows and directional lines.  You can see my finished line drawing here

Using Strong Lines is not the only way to start a drawing but it is a GREAT Tool to keep in your Bag of Tricks.  Here is another example:

This strong line gives the shape, the size of the flower and a reference point for placement of the two main petals.
If you would like to have a larger file of these reference pictures to draw with, drop me a line and I will be happy to send them along.

Do you have another way of starting a drawing?  Do you see other strong lines to work with?  Lines and shapes attract us in different ways, there is no one right way to see.  I would love to know what you 'see' when you draw these flowers.

DRAW this POPPY LIVE - Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 
 Opus Arts Supplies, Langley, BC. 
  Registration Information Here

 2 Hands-On Drawing Sessions 11am and 2pm. 

I will be drawing this Poppy for the demo. As you draw with me the focus will be on relationships within a drawing and lines and edges to bring your poppy to life. Throughout the process you will learn how to fine tune your observation skills so that you will begin to see more structural and spatial relationships in your subject. This improves your overall drawing skills.

Register early as these Demos will fill up fast.
$15 Includes a small Starter Kit

If you are just starting your journey into drawing see my first post in this series: Ready to Start Drawing for ideas on basic materials, Time to Meet your Drawing Friends to learn more about your pencils and 4 Ways to Grow the Sketchbook Habit to really get that drawing happening.

Special Note: I will not be posting next week as I am off on a very EXCITING Art Adventure. I will be spending 6 Days with Robert Bateman!! I will report back on my next Post.

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Special Event:
Artswest Fall Art Show Oct 2-30
Reception: October 14, 1-3pm
Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC

Viewing Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30-3:30

Looking to meet and see works by local artists?  Wild abstracts to take you into new places, a crow pensively perched on a log, or mist slowly raising off the water, this is the show for you.
My picture: Crow: The Giver of Light, will be part of the show
To learn more about Artswest see here

Time to Move Inside and Draw
Drop-In & Draw starting: Tues Oct 10, Tues, Oct 24, Tues, Nov. 7 10-12pm & 1-3pm
Expressions Art Gallery, 227 & Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  

Come for 1 or all 3, choose the morning or afternoon session. Bring your sketchbook or your project and come draw.  I will be happy to give you a few pointers as you work on your drawing.  $15 Pre-Register Required. Contact Wendy Here

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Wendy

Thursday, September 28, 2017

4 Ways to Grow the Sketchbook Habit - Painting & Drawing Tips

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Sounds simple . . .
A Passion to Draw + Drawing Practice = Steady Improvement

What's the Problem?!

You know there is a problem . . .Life gets in the way.

Draw what interests you - big, small, lines or more.  This is the drawing I will Demo at my Studio Tour this weekend.  Come Draw with Me - Hands-On Drawing Demos are 11 am & 1pm.  
I always wanted to draw but never for a moment felt I could.  However, the idea was always in the back of my mind.  One day I talked about it with my husband.  He was looking for a Mother's Day gift for me and figured drawing materials would be a great idea.
Suddenly, there I was, great materials but "Now What?"  I just didn't know what to do first. How to get started.  After lots of trial and error I got underway.  These are the things I found got me going and more importantly, got me into the Sketchbook Habit. 

4 Ways to Grow the Sketchbook Habit

1.  Start with Line Drawings
A line drawing has a simple beauty of its own,  It relly is amazing how a few lines can tell a story.  It's like the props in a play; a box and a curtain can suddenly put you in a far off place.   A line drawing gets you started, will take some time but the results will be encouraging.  You wont be stuck for every on one thing.
Line Drawings with a few dark spots can really spark your interest.  This one is from my daughter's grass-hockey days.

2.  Leave a Picture Unfinished
Just like Writer's Block, Artists can be blocked by that 'Big White Space'.  Draw what interest you and don't worry if you 'filled the page'.  If it is small put a border around it and move on.  Remember this book is about you and your work.
There is a certain beauty in a picture that is unfinished.  I really enjoyed the contrast between the finished pears and the unfinished one.  I felt I had captured the shading and I was ready to try something else.

3.  Collect Pictures to Draw

There are lots of wonderful pictures on-line, print them out and put them with your book.  Yes, you can use your phone or iPad for reference but often you are not in a spot where that works.  If the picture is there, all that's needed is to pull out your book and pencil and 'get to it'.  This doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't draw from life but you won't always be somewhere that has something you want to tackle.
Some pictures may take several sittings but if you have your photo it is easy to pick up and carry on.  I liked this one so much I later drew it in Coloured Pencil.  See it here
4.  Take your Sketchbook Everywhere
In the supply list I suggested 2 sizes of books: a larger one for studio work and a smaller one for travel. (See blog on Ready to Start Drawing?)  I learned to draw at swimming lessons.  My daughter's.  Each week she went swimming, I had an hour to just sit and draw while I waited. (Of course I looked up once and awhile to see how she was doing!)  I had a packet of pictures ready to go, I just pulled one out and started.  If I didn't finish what I wanted to do, it was handy for next time.  It worked great.

Yes: Passion + Practice = Artist 
 but it does take time.  Getting into the Sketchbook Habit really helps make that happen.  As your pages fill up you will feel your confidence and passion grow.

What tricks do you use to grow the Sketchbook Habit?  What keeps you coming back to drawing? I would love to hear your best practices.

If you are just getting started check out my post "Ready to Start Drawing" for a basic list of supplies and "Time to Meet Your Drawing Friends" to get to know what your pencils can do.

Next post, a step by step drawing lesson.  See you then.


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Special Hands-On Drawing Demos: 11 am & 1pm Daily.

You are invited to Art by Wendy's Studio, N Surrey - Come and see the latest work, draw along with me, learn more about travel journaling and sketchbooking, enjoy my new doodles, check out my prints, cards, and more. I will be part of the Surrey's Art in City Event.  Maps & more on the event Here  Contact Wendy Here   See you there!!

Time to Move Inside and Draw
Drop-In & Draw starting: Tues Oct 10, Tues, Oct 24, Tues, Nov. 7 10-12pm & 1-3pm
Expressions Art Gallery, 227 & Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  

Come for 1 or all 3, choose the morning or afternoon session. Bring your sketchbook or your project and come draw.  I will be happy to give you a few pointers as you work on your drawing.  $15 Pre-Register Required. Contact Wendy Here

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Wendy

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Time to Meet your Drawing Friends - Painting & Drawing Tips

Excitement is in the air
Supplies shinny and bright
Sketchbook ready, full of slick, clean pages.

Are you feeling "OMG! What do I do NOW?"


DRAW anything you SEE - Get into the Sketchbook HABIT.
 Sometimes it can make a very interesting combinations on your page

Creak open that book!
Skip the first page, anything you do there will get smudged by the cover page which is rougher than the pages. If you decide later you want it to be a title page you can always go back and draw something. Or glue a favourite picture/drawing there. This book is for you so make it yours.

Time to meet your Best Friends. Your pencils.
They are ready to go, sharp and eager to mark the page. Like children cooped up in classroom ready for recess. 
Take your materials for a TEST RUN

Take out your 2B. This is the workhorse of the group. For most of us, this will be our ‘first responder’. More on that later. For now let's see what he can do. Pressing as hard as you can, make a sweeping stroke on your page at less 1.5 inches long. Then keeping that same length slowly release your pressure getting lighter and lighter.  Label it 2B. You might feel this isn't ‘important’ enough to ‘muck up’ that wonderful book but it is. Understanding how your graphite pencils react to your paper/support is important. It is different for each type of paper. Try it on other paper and you will see.
     Try your 2H pencil. Now your 9B. Quite a difference eh?!

Things to notice:

1.  Texture: some areas will look very dark and slick while others will have little white flecks in them, making an interesting texture. It is important to see the difference and make it work for you.  The slick smooth dark would be awesome for drawing glasses. I love that textured look for rust and old things. Having both in a picture makes interesting contrast for the eye.

2. 
 Sound: did you notice how scratchy sounding the H pencils are. They are your hardest pencils meaning they leave the least amount of granite on the page. Your 9B is the softest pencil, leaving a rich black with lots of texture.

3. 
Your pencil grip: did you notice this changes instinctively as you make hard and soft marks and whether you are doing tight details or covering large spaces.  There is no right or wrong way to hold the pencil, whatever works for you and is comfortable for your hand is best.
Early drawing of Steve and Rusty 1999 - Texture in the bench really gives nice contrast with clothing.  Soft light marks gives a sense of distance to the background

4. 
The Darkest Mark: notice that several pencils will make very similar dark marks with the slickness/texture you want. The difference is the pressure or 'work' that is required.  We all have different hand pressure and so you will discover what pencil you prefer to get that dark that you need. I have a light hand so I am often using my 7, 8 & 9 B to get good darks.  I just can't put enough pressure (and I don't want to) with a harder pencil (2B or 3B) to get my darks. 

5. 
 The lightest Mark:  look at your light values. Just like your darks there are several pencils that will produce that value.  You need to decide which one is the most comfortable for you and gives the slickness or texture you want. 

Find your Layout Pencil
In most cases the 2B is a good layout pencil.  It can give you a soft line, easy to erase and a darker line for shading. Check it out. Draw some circles and lines up and down and across the page. If you find you can't get a light line move to a harder pencil HB, or F.  It means that you have a heavy hand.  You can practice getting lighter or move to a different pencil.  Try not to go any harder than an HB or F as the harder pencils can score your paper as you are laying things out. This makes it very hard to erase cleanly. 


Ok, your ready. Go ahead and draw a few things, fiddle with your pencils, Mark up a page.  Next post will get into some ideas as to how to get into the Sketchbook Habit. 

Don't have your materials yet?  See my last post "Ready to Start Drawing?" for a list of supplies. 

Are you looking to try your hand at drawing?  Are there things you would like to draw? Let me know and I will try and use some of them as examples. Some of my favourite things are flowers, birds and animals.  And I love drawing bark, logs, old fences; the texture from graphite just seems to bring them to life. Happy Drawing. 

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Open Studio -  Saturday, Sept 30 & Sunday, Oct. 1 – 10-4pm Daily
Special Hands-On Drawing Demos: 11 am & 1pm Daily.  
You are invited to Art by Wendy's Studio, N Surrey - Come and see the latest work, draw along with me, learn more about travel journaling and sketchbooking, enjoy my new doodles, check out my prints, cards, and more. I will be part of the Surrey's Art in City Event.  Maps & more on the event Here  Contact Wendy Here   See you there!!

Time to Move Inside and Draw
Drop-In & Draw starting: 5 Sessions starting Wed. Sept 20. Mon. Sept 25, Tues Oct 10, Tues, Oct 24, Tues, Nov. 7 10-12pm & 1-3pm
Expressions Art Gallery, 227 & Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  

Come for 1 or all 5, choose the morning or afternoon session. Bring your sketchbook or your project and come draw.  I will be happy to give you a few pointers as you work on your drawing.  $15 Pre-Register Required. Contact Wendy Here

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Wendy

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ready to Start Drawing? Painting & Drawing Tips

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September is like January, a time to make changes.  Maybe its because summer is over and it is time to move inside.  British Columbia had a hot and smoky summer this year and I think we are all glad to see the end of that.
Using pencils can produce Awesome Drawings you can enjoy as you work on your drawing skills 
So now are you ready . . . . .

To bring that passion to draw to life.  Or to bump up your drawing skills to new levels. You have been thinking about it for some time but . . .I know, There is always something in the way. Now it is time.

What's the first step? . . . .

Get your materials together.  Drawing with a pencil/pen is really one of the easiest mediums to sink into, few materials, no mess, very portable.

What to buy?. . . 
This is really a great time to purchase materials. With back to school sales happening everywhere, the basic materials are usually on sale. Here is a good starting kit.  There are always other things, different papers, other mediums but first get your sea-legs.

Make your sketchbooks your best friend, take them everywhere  

1.  Sketchbook: For beginners I suggest you get 2 books; a 9 x 12 for studio work and a 5.5 x 8 book to carry with you.  More advanced Artists may want a larger studio book, to practise working bigger. My Preference is a Canson Universal Sketch Book - 65lb paper, good for a variety of dry media and has a nice texture.

Don't worry about those empty spaces in your case, you will find lots of fun things to add later. 

2.  Pencils:
Yes, you can work with your standard HB pencil but once you try the creamy, soft 7B pencil and see the lovely texture you get, you will want more.  My preference is a set of Derwent Pencils - set of 12 Graphic Soft pencils, ranging from H Pencil to 9B Pencil; pick up a 4H & 7H to go with them.

3.  Erasers: You will need two types; your regular white vinyl eraser and a kneadable eraser. The vinyl erasers will be everywhere but the kneadable one is only at Art Supply places.  Lots more info on erasers here - Erasers: Your Friend or Enemy? 

4. Pencil Sharpener: definitely a good sharpener.  Your B pencils, especially the 8B & 9B are very soft and will break easy in a dull sharpener.  I have an electric one for the studio and a plain, little one for each of my travel kits.

5. Paintbrush: You are probably wondering about this one.  But yes, it is very important. A 1 inch, cheap house paint brush works great but once you start using it, you may want to pick up something fancy or colourful, just for fun.  Use this to brush away eraser debris, hairs, anything that is on your drawing. Way better than blowing or using your hand and really makes you feel professional!

6. Case: This is a must do.  You will have a collection of drawing materials that need to be kept together and your pencils need to be protected. Those soft 7, 8 & 9B pencil leads will break very easily if dropped or banged around.

Have good ventilation,  give your picture a light spray and then let it "air out".  (let the smell dissipate) Then close your book.
7. Fixative: My favourite is Grumbacher Workable Fixative, but there are several other very good ones on the market.  Pages that have lots of graphite on them will smear and and the edges soften. A light spray on your drawings keeps them from smearing.  Having a book filled with nice drawings feels good to look at.  It can be very motivating to see where you were compared to where you are now.


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Ink and Graphite are a wonderful combination - Mixing the crisp dark lines of ink with the soft touch of graphite.  
8. Extras: Coloured Pencils and Pen are great ways to add spark to your drawings.  A set of 24 Prisma Coloured Pencils (24 pack) and a few Black or Coloured Pigma Permenant Ink Pens will work well in your sketchbook.  Pen Size 03 is a good all purpose size.
Black ink and coloured pencil work well too.  Make sure you get a 24 pack of Coloured Pencils.  This gives you more colours to work with.  Of course if you really get into coloured pencils the really large packs are great.  
Phew!  Feeling a little overwhelmed?  Having Confidence to mark up the paper is a big thing in drawing and any form of art.  You will find your confidence will rise and fall continually.  I know the feeling, when I first started drawing I often would do anything rather than put pencil to paper.  Even now when I have trouble with a drawing I find myself cleaning up, doing laundry, anything but facing the task.  My solution: get out an art book and see how others attacked the problem.  See my blog "3 Ways to Turn Drawing Despair into Action" for more confidence boosters.

Your work is cut out for you now.  You have a week to get your supplies in order, next week it is all about getting started!!
If you are already drawing, is there some favourite basic supplies you recommend?  I would love to add them to my list.

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Special Upcoming Event: 
Open Studio -  Saturday, Sept 30 & Sunday, Oct. 1 – 10-4pm Daily
Special Hands-On Drawing Demos: 11 am & 1pm Daily.  
You are invited to Art by Wendy's Studio, N Surrey - Come and see the latest work, draw along with me, learn more about travel journaling and sketchbooking, enjoy my new doodles, check out my prints, cards, and more. I will be part of the Surrey's Art in City Event.  Maps & more on the event Here  Contact Wendy Here   See you there!!

Time to Move Inside and Draw
Drop-In & Draw starting: 5 Sessions starting Wed. Sept 20. Mon. Sept 25, Tues Oct 10, Tues, Oct 24, Tues, Nov. 7 10-12pm & 1-3pm
Expressions Art Gallery, 227 & Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  

Come for 1 or all 5, choose the morning or afternoon session. Bring your sketchbook or your project and come draw.  I will be happy to give you a few pointers as you work on your drawing.  $15 Pre-Register Required. Contact Wendy Here

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 Have a great artful day,
Wendy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Full Report - Kilby's Plein Air Festival - Painting & Drawing Tips

"This will be a major highlight to my trip; such a nice atmosphere, such a nice place"  Gabriele  her good byes on Sunday.  Gabriele is from Germany and is spending 3 months traveling around Western Canada.  She found out about Kilby's event on the Internet and decided to make it part of her trip.

"It is cool painting, good to be outside and so relaxing.  I could do this all day" Siena, Milly and Violet were young friends at their very first Plein Air event.

Siena, Milly and Violet busy painting in the Tea Garden, Kilby Historical Site
What is a Plein Air Festival?

It is a coming together of artists to paint the outdoors from life.  Many Festivals can be very competitive with lots of events while others, like Kilby's celebrate the experienced and emerging artists with competitive and fun events. 

The Festival started on Friday.  It was a little cool with a light sprinkle of rain.  Still artists pulled out their gear and started to set up.  Soon the sun came out and never stopped for the whole weekend. There was lots of chatter as everyone picked a spot and then the worked began.  By Sunday, at 2 pictures had to be complete and ready for judging - One night at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort was on the line. 

Harvey, on holidays from England decided to add the Festival to his holiday plans as well.  "It's a brilliant idea, lovely setting, welcoming, laid back and relaxing"

Theresa, Janis and Harvey take time to chat. Good fun sharing "Plein Air & Painting stories." 

Kilby Historical Site is a farm and store built in 1908, in Harrison Mills.  There is lots to paint: farm implements, animals, old buildings, period costume staff, orchard, vegetable garden and awesome flowers.  (Bob has made the flower beds his project and they were 'the star' in many paintings.)

 My role at the Festival is mixed. I have been involved since its beginning 3 years ago.  Steve and I help where it is needed and I am one of the jurors.  We were camped with Max at Kilby's Campsite on the Harrison river.  When I wasn't painting, we were on the water kayaking or hiking on the dikes. (By the way, Max is really getting to be a good little kayak-er.)
Of course when I had a minute I was painting too.  This was luxury Plein Air Painting, Kilby had tents everywhere for shade and not far to walk so I could 'bring everything'!!

Artists come to these events for many reasons: 

Terry is there because "I am an amateur and I want to challenge myself with a competition with my watercolour on Yupo."
Terri was very busy, completing 3 large pieces by Sunday noon!

Chrystal finds "it so peaceful and relaxing" as she works away on her flower paintings.  Another first timer, Gwen feels "it is nice to challenge myself and it is nice to see and work with other artists".  She was busy in the orchard garden capturing the scarecrow on her canvas. 
Gwen taking a break to chat with visitors.  
Kilby visitors loved walking around and seeing "works in progress" and enjoyed the Finished Show on Sunday.  They were very excited to vote for the "People's Choice" Award and a copy bought a picture for a more lasting memory. 
Kerri and Chrystal also spent a day in the Tea Garden, Bob's flowers were lovely everywhere. 

Wayne, Gina, Tatiana and Kerrie have been here before. "There is so much to paint here; time to try new things; talk with other artists; it is another dimension, different from the studio" is what brings them back. 

The Final Day
Sunday is a funny day.  Several artists were there early to finish up their pictures.  Visitors were voting, judges were jurying and then the real fun begans. Awards, prizes, food, and chatter!  There were lots of those. 

A sampling of our hard work!

This is where new friendships are cemented and plans for next year were put in place.
And of course it was a 'Memorial Day' for Theresa, who was the grand prize winner.  Congratulations!
Kilby Barn - Best of Show

For Steve, Max and I the three days were just a blur.  We were busy but had lots of fun.  Max enjoyed all the 'tummy rubs', long hikes in the evening and kayaking in the bay.  For me I think Ray summed it up nicely " a great atmosphere, I will be back". 

Special Thanks:

To the wonderful staff at Kilby for making us all feel welcomed, moving shelters around to give shade in 'just the right spot', wondering the grounds to bring lunch orders, and so much more.  Also to Nicole and JoAnne for helping in Jurying, it was not an easy task with so many beautiful pictures. And of course, to the local businesses that sponsored prizes and awards: Harrison Hot Springs Hotel, Harrison Beach Hotel, Opus Art Supplies (Langley), BC Sport Fishing, KIlby Bed & Breakfast, Ruby Creek Art Gallery, Super Valu, Julie Anne's Art and Framing, Hofa Art Supplies and Framing, Willowbrook Art & Framing.  Without all of their help it would not have been such an awesome event. 


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Special Upcoming Event: 
Open Studio -  Saturday, Sept 30 & Sunday, Oct. 1 – 10-4pm Daily
Special Hands-On Drawing Demos: 11 am & 1pm Daily.  
You are invited to Art by Wendy's Studio, N Surrey - Come and see the latest work, draw along with me, learn more about travel journaling and sketchbooking, enjoy my new doodles, check out my prints, cards, and more. I will be part of the Surrey's Art in City Event.  Maps & more on the event Here
 Contact Wendy Here   See you there!!

Time to Move Inside and Draw
Drop-In & Draw starting: 5 Sessions starting Wed. Sept 20. Mon. Sept 25, Tues Oct 10, Tues, Oct 24, Tues, Nov. 7 10-12pm & 1-3pm
Expressions Art Gallery, 227 & Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  

Come for 1 or all 5, choose the morning or afternoon session. Bring your sketchbook and your project and come draw.  I will be happy to give you a few pointers as you work on your drawing.  $15 Pre-Register Required. Contact Wendy Here

 Be sure to like and share my posts.
 You won't miss a single one if you Follow by Email or Like my Facebook Page. Keep up with all the art events by joining my email list (see sidebar on my blog)
 Have a great artful day,
Wendy

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Travel Kit Saves the Day - Painting & Drawing Tip

NEW WORKS FROM THE STUDIO OF ART BY WENDY

I just want to paint!!

You know the feeling - You just want to paint!

  • No hauling out supplies
  • No clearing a space for big canvases
  • No clean up
Just paint!
Play with colour, design, draw.  Whatever. . . 

I have found the secret.  
Title Page for my new summer journal - Gyrfalcon, the Bird for the Northwest Territories
Started on the plane and completed on the layover. 

This summer I have had a number of trips, a big camping/painting trip but several smaller less art focused trips.  I like to paint but when you are traveling or visiting you really can't 'pull everything out'.  But still there are down times when you sure wish you could.  

My new little travel kit really "Saved the Day" for me.

Steve and I just got back from a visit with my brother and sister-in-law in Yellowknife, NWT.  We spent time there but he had also arranged for us to fly-in to Blachford Lake Fishing Lodge for a few days.  It was an awesome trip.  One I really wanted to put into my journal but of course I could not take my whole studio with me!! So I took my new little travel kit.   (My full kit is described in my post" Yippee! I am no longer a Pack Animal" here. )

It worked great. 
To get to the lodge we had to fly from Yellowknife - a small float plane means no big packs of supplies
Of course at the lodge we went fishing and boating.
Cindy and I enjoyed the view while the guys were fishing.  Don't worry I got a turn too and caught an awesome trout!!
Steve and Dave busy on the lines
My full kit has the clamps and board for added support if you are standing or using something to support your work.  However it can be reduced depending on your space and working place.

Smaller Version: 
Replace brushes and water container with a waterbrush

I worked on my title page for my journal on our flight from Vancouver to Yellowknife.  (Note the pictures pre-printed by me so I had things to work on while flying.  I collected a few symbols of the Northwest Territories to paint on my pages. ) When flying on the larger plane I put the board, brush kit and clamps in my checked bag and had this smaller version in my carry-on bag.  Here it is all set up.  
Not much room on those little tables on the plane but no problem with my little kit. 
Smallest Version:
Take only book and pen  (add your colour later)

When we headed out for a hike or boat trip on the lake I just took my book and a pen.  Easy to do a sketch 'on the go' and then in the evening when relaxing I pulled out my paints and added a bit of colour.  
Pen and Book were great for drawing while we were trolling for trout and it was not my turn with the rod. 
When you want to paint, having your materials Ready for Action means you can Paint/Draw when you want.  

What to paint?  I always keep a few pictures tucked into my pack that I can work on if there is nothing in front of me I want to paint. See more ideas here.  What do you do when you have a moment and pull out your book and can't get inspired.

I am off to Kilby for the Plein Air Festival starting Friday - full report for the next post.  See below for more information.

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Special Upcoming Event: Plein Air Painting Festival - August 25-27 - Kilby Historical Site, Harrison Mills, BC
Great Opportunity to Paint on a Historic Site with costume models, farm animals, farm scenery,  old store and more.  Great Prizes for all levels - Beginners to Advanced Welcome - $15 Register events@kilby.ca by August 15, 2017.  Painting Friday and Saturday, Prizes, Luncheon, and Sales on Sunday.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

OMG!! I have a NEW Major Medium - Painting and Drawing Tips

NEW WORKS FROM THE STUDIO OF ART BY WENDY

 Not sure if my studio has room for it. . .  but . . . I am really loving it.

It all started innocently enough, I guess all major events start that way.  I was packing for art supplies for our 4 week camping trip.  Now as many of you know, I live on the West Coast of Canada and one of the things we are noted for, is our rain.  So although I prefer to paint outside on the trail or at the beach I know we will have rain.  So I need rainy day art supplies too.

I was pulling things out of my draws and saw my Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Colors (Pastel) Paper paper.  Yeah, I thought, I should take that and maybe some coloured pencils.  I have always been meaning to try working with this paper.

UP FOR AIR - 5 X 7, Coloured Pencil on soft blue paper Available at Etsy
This little seal was following my kayak when I was kayaking with the salmon last September.  After he checked me out, he gave a good flick of his tail and dove under.  I think he splashed me deliberately!  (See my blog post on kayaking with the salmon here. )

My first picture started out a little poorly.  I didn't realize there was a smooth side and textured side to the paper.  You can work on both sides but it is a lot more work to get a smooth blended picture on the rough side!!  I did persist and QUIETLY WAITING, my heron was the result.

QUIETLY WAITING - 5 x 7, Coloured Pencil on tan paper
Herons are a common sign on the waterfront where we camp on Texada Island.  This heron was standing in the water during slack tide.  He didn't seem to be fishing, just looking around.  

It was after finishing QUIETLY WAITING my real trouble began.

I decided to try another picture using the blue paper and this time I would be sure and use the smooth side. UP FOR AIR was the result.  I loved him.  I even worked on him on sunny days!

When I got home I knew I had to try more.  I had taken this great picture of a crow on a log and I really wanted to draw him.   The camping laundry had to wait, I needed to 'set this guy up'.

WIP - AT THE BEACH - 12 x 16 coloured Pencil on tan paper
Yes, he is much bigger and yes, he is on the smooth side.  I so exciting to see him come alive on my paper.   

You will have to tune in later to see my finished crow.  Needless to say, coloured pencil is slower than painting. Right now it is also slower than graphite as I have to feel my way with colours on the tinted paper.

Spending 4 weeks painting/camping trip this summer has brought about great changes to my work. You can read about the other changes starting here.   For me it has been a real shake up and I think made my work move forward.  New ideas, new mediums and new materials have really given me inspiration for new works.

Do you have ways to really shake up your work?

Oh, and remember that new Travel Kit I talked about in the last post?
Well it really hit pay dirt for me.  Read about my new kit here and in my next post, see how it really 'Saved the Day'.

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Special Upcoming Event: Plein Air Painting Festival - August 25-27 - Kilby Historical Site, Harrison Mills, BC
Great Opportunity to Paint on a Historic Site with costume models, farm animals, farm scenery,  old store and more.  Great Prizes for all levels - Beginners to Advanced Welcome - $15 Register events@kilby.ca by August 15, 2017.  Painting Friday and Saturday, Prizes, Luncheon, and Sales on Sunday.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

YIPEE!! I am no longer a Pack Animal! Painting and Drawing Tips

NEW WORKS FROM THE STUDIO OF ART BY WENDY

Let's go!
Excitement is in the air.
The hiking trip that has been planning for weeks is about to begin.  You hoist up your bag and . . .
OMG!!
I can never carry this.  What on earth is in there?
Mermaid Cove, Protected Waters - 5 x 7 experimenting with using watercolour and ink but letting the ink be the star. 
Let's take a look: snacks, water, camera, binoculars, basic first aid stuff, sweater/ rain gear, and art supplies.  It all adds up to a heavy load.

Like you I enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, hiking or just a walk at any time of the year.  My latest camping/painting trip was filled with hikes along the trails, climbing over the logs on the beach and leisure walks along the bluff.  Everywhere I went there were awesome things to paint and sketch, and I did.
View north on Okeover Arm - more of my experimenting with using watercolour and ink 
Don't get me wrong, if there is a nice scenic spot I can drive up to, I take everything!!  Chairs, umbrellas, lots of cold drinks and more.

But. . .

Sometimes you want to go further and see more.  Now you are packing and the luxuries have to be left behind.

This summer I began experimenting with a great portable watercolour kit I put together.  It is small, light weight and has my own paints in it.  ( Getting my own paints was key to my kit as I was finding it a new learning curve every time I tried some of my commercial kits.)


My portable kit open in action, works great for sketchbook or watercolour sheet 7.5 x 9.5


Kit all packed up (top) laid out to view (bottom)
Kit Contents: Referring to the bottom picture - kit laid out Going left to right  
  1. Mesh nylon bag 12 in x 8
  2. Moleskin Sketchbook 5 in x 8 in. (under clamps)
  3. Plastic clamps - 3 - 4in long.  The 2 blue ones are locking which means they really are easy to clamp  and also release.  I would get 3 of this type next time
  4. Magnetic Spice tin with see-through lid (in front of pallet)  - 2 in high 2.25 diameter.  This was a major find, only $2 at Canada Tire.  It is sealed so I can carry water with it and it sticks to my metal pallet when I work.  Awesome!!
  5. Metal Pallet: 5 in x 2.5 in folded up  These are awesome, you put your own pans in them and fill them with your own colours
  6. Brushes -  Jack Richeson Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set, they come in that handy case and the brushes are really nice to work with
  7. Business Card - never hurts to Advertise!
  8. Plastic Zilock Bag - (under orange clamp at the top) pencil, Pigma Perment Ink Pen 03, kneaded eraser, small pencil sharpener
  9. My board - 1/4 inch plywood with corners sanded 9.5 x 13.5
Full Kit 5 lbs it can be stripped down to Pallet, Book, Zilock Bag and Waterfilled Brush. Stripped Down Kit 1 lb.

My only additions is small piece of paper towel which I hook to clamp as you can see in the action shot. My other addition to any outdoor work is a towel.  (softer seat for a log, use to make more shade, a toy or bed for Max, etc.)
Max, my Art Buddy.  Waits patiently then reminds me when it is time to get up and move. 
I am still tweaking my kit, I may take a few of the brushes out of my brush set and use the spot for pen and pencil, and I may try corrugated plastic instead of plywood.  Always striving for the Ultimate in portability.
I found that Liz Steele, an urban sketcher that I love to follow, has lots of good ideas for a good travel kit. Also James Gurney had a good article in the International Artist Magazine Vol 116, Aug/Sept 2017.  He sells a video that shows how to build his set up.

Have you found a great way to make your set up lighter?  I would love to hear what you do.

My 4 week Painting/Camping trip to Texada Island and Sunshine Coast was full of painting and trying new things. To learn more see my last post "Are you a Swimmer or a Diver?"   My next post is  OMG!! Have I got a NEW  Major Medium - not sure if my studio has room for it but . . . I am really loving it.

 Etsy Shop now Open: WendyMouldsArt  Come on In!! 

Special Offer: Free Shipping with your order of 4 or more Doodle Cards.

Special Upcoming Event: Plein Air Painting Festival - August 25-27Kilby Historical Site, Harrison Mills, BC
Great Opportunity to Paint on a Historic Site with costume models, farm animals, farm scenery,  old store and more.  Great Prizes for all levels - Beginners to Advanced Welcome - $15 Register events@kilby.ca by August 15, 2017.  Painting Friday and Saturday, Prizes, Luncheon, and Sales on Sunday.

See you there!!

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 You won't miss a single one if you Follow by Email or Like my Facebook Page. Keep up with all the art events by joining my email list (see sidebar on my blog)
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Wendy