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Birthday for Bonzos

I have been full of ideas and inspiration and projects lately. But my duty calls. My bonzo has a birthday approaching. She loves to play with other kids and seldom gets to. It seems like people don’t invite people to their houses like when I was young. Here I was thinking I was all elusive when really I am part of a very troubling trend. But I am going to try my darndest to be friendly for her and have a little party with other kids her age for once. Planning a party seems excruciatingly difficult for me. All my attention will be aimed at that. Not that it’s uncommon for me to randomly not post for a while. Probably a third of the posts here are proclaiming that I am about to stop posting.

Anyways, say a prayer that the party goes well.

Deer Deviation from Drawing

i try to stick to drawings but this was too tempting. Plus, stats are way down.

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Master Copy 2

I love the work of Giovanni Battista Salvi Sassoferrato! I just realized. I do not know anything about him yet. Art history mostly talks about groundbreaking artists. But sometimes my favorite artists did not do anything revolutionary. I like how this particular artist has high contrasting values while yet being crisp and fluttery.

This drawing took me many hours but I enjoyed it. I like master copies because all you have to do is put down what you see. It is all there for you. No more decisions or research or enterpretation of three dimensional space onto paper. I did however, have a hard time with the third grade multiplication of fractions involved with enlarging the picture from my iPhone screen to my paper. I literally had a ruler up to my screen.

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My copy done in graphite.

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Sassoferroto’s masterpiece

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The Plan

The plan is to do a certain number of one DaVinci exercise and then proceed to the next. I arranged the six of the nine activities into concrete and abstract starting with the easiest of the straightforward and ending with the most difficult of the more imagination based drawing skills.

1) Make copies of a master artist’s painting and drawing. Ideally starting from 2d work, then relief and finally renderings of statues.

2)Draw Drapery.

3)Draw the same thing from multiple angles.

4)Draw objects which are in motion without taking a photograph, although a video would work as long as you don’t push pause. I’m very scared of this one.

5)Build a catologue of various objects that you have memorized how to draw that you can pull from your brain at any time. Test your recall by first drawing something with reference and then taking away the reference to see how closely your drawings match.

6)Draw in your minds eye, which we do with clouds already, but, actually draw it.

7)Play perspective games in order to become better at judging distances and sizes. Guesstimate the number of small objects in a photo and then count each one. Guess the dimentions of an object from far away and then test it with an actual ruler. This exercise is not the hardest but one I will mix in whenever I do not have time for actual drawing.

8 and 9)Draw in the company of others. Consider constructive criticism from anyone. I’m already doing this by posting the pictures online although I will start asking for opinions from anyone I show my art to. It might be nice to find a sketching buddy but probably won’t actually happen.  And finally, draw both the divine and the grotesque. There aught to by a wide range of subject matter mixed throughout the various drawings. Just something to keep in mind.

Anno DaVinci

In the year of DaVicnci 2016, I will be following the advice of Leonardo to his art students hundreds of years ago. I’m using the following article as a guide.

9 Sketching Exercises Leonardo Da Vinci Practiced To Achieve Artistic Mastery

Sunflowers Soon

The last handful of pages in my nature journal are a tad frazzled. image

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I Hate the Word Hiatus.

I really do hate that word. I’m using it because I’m about a third of the way through “The Complete Stories” by Flannery O’Connor and I don’t intend to stop till I’m done. They are amazeballs! I was not able to appreciate them in high-school since a little bit of leftover little girl aesthetic prevented me from seeing past the vulgar scenery. Now I really love the stories and plan to enjoy them as quickly as possible! So there may be a very brief hiatus from art while I plow through.