When I see the date on anything recently published- Youtube video, newspaper, blog post- my first thought is, "It's not October already. This must be from last year. Or there's some dating glitch. Or..." Then I realize...
We're the middle of the sunset on another year.
Back in May I started drawing. More honestly, I started sketching. I haven't been diligent with it of late but I have been looking for books and blogs on drawing, seeking out pens and pencils, trying tentatively.
I found Helen Birch's Freehand by chance at the library. I was thinking it was a tutorial but it turns out to be more theory (see what the artist did here and here? it's called this). Nonetheless, I let myself enjoy the work of the artists she included and felt a bit inspired to pick up my pens again.
I was testing out old markers much like I had been in this bit of impromptu art. Then I remembered the book and Birch's writing about layering, use of unexpected papers and contrasting color with black or browns. Out came the micron pens (which I love, OMG!) and made a further mess of the squiggles.
I've since taped into my sketch book. I found myself drawn (pun!) to type of abstract and/or geometric drawing. I'm see that through the majority of my crafty work, shapes and colors have been the theme. Though I'd like to keep working at drawing 'real' things I feel most 'me' when I let the pencil(s) or pen(s) flow over the paper and create a shape that is both true to life and not. Maybe in future I'll share a few more as I continue to explore.
I've been participating in VEDA on Youtube. It's been quite an experience, a real test of my patience, perservance and my abilities to stay up very late (and to not have snapped my laptop in half because...OMG, you can't be crashing again!)
Above is the most recent video in which I rave about cereal. You can watch the playlist to see all previous videos. I can hardly believe I'm a person with 20-something videos on Youtube. Video-making has been something I wanted to try again since I made that video for Etsyall those years ago. I'm glad I'm finally doing it.