New Group – Art Spot

I started a Facebook Group that will incorporate some of my art style. After doing a search, I noticed that there was a shortage of Facebook groups that offered expressionistic, modern and abstract art. Granted, I enjoy traditional impressionistic and pre-century art styles, but I seem to be doing varies styles and mixing different art mediums, or focusing on a mix of traditional and modern art…but not to the extreme that the art is abstract. Therefore, to meet my own needs and to open the group to others, Art Spot was created. If you are on Facebook, we would love to have you join us. The link is listed below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FineArtSpot/about/

Here is the intro to the group

“This is a group for artists and photographers of all mediums (ink, watercolor, pastels, oils, acrylics, charcoal, graphite, digital, mixed media, urban sketching, etc) whose focus is on expressionism, modern art, abstract and digital/photo art. We created this group for those artists and photographers who like to play around with different styles, different colors through mood play, expressionism and art “outside the box”. Be yourself, playing with any medium you want. Use black and white, crazy colors or mix all the mediums together! Creating art can be through traditional mediums or digitally using technology. It is a safe place to ask questions, share ideas, get inspired, and make connections. This is a group for all levels of artists (from beginners to professionals). What we share is a desire to move forward with our art and to help others do the same. We believe that we are all on the same path – some are just ahead and more experienced, while others, are just starting out – but we are all striving to be artistic. We look to those who are experienced to guide us, and we reach out a hand to those who are less experienced. We greet each other with kindness and understanding with positive input, and we expect others to do the same for us. Thanks for joining us! We are so glad you’re here!”

Hope you are as excited as I am, and you’ll join us!

Artists Studies

The Sketching Everyday Group on Facebook is doing artists studies for the month of January. However, during the year, the group includes a few artists studies a week with their daily art prompts. The group usually takes a break for one month during the year to do an alphabet project for our choosing.

I enjoy the artists studies, since it gives me an opportunity to learn about the artist, study their compositions, and see what is popular in the art world. Doing artists studies, also inspires me to develop my own style using different art mediums, and teaches me how to look critically at my own art pieces. Below are my sample drawings inspired from artists as renditions of their painting, or are similar in their style with a few of additions of my style or twists.

Daily Art – Making a habit of sketching

I’ve made a concerted effort to start a daily habit of sketching or drawing. I have found a great amount of groups on Facebook and online to get sketching exercises.  As you know, I am a Facebook addict and I’ve selected a few groups.  My criteria for selection is activity and the number of members.  Memberships that run in the tens of thousands are too big, and the administrators are usually too bogged down to be effective in the groups; however if the group is active and the group members provide assistance, I am all for it!  Below are the groups I found are the most active in the group and the administrators do a great job in overseeing the activities.

  • Sketching Everyday – I really like this group.  Very active group that allows you to post “off prompt” sketches.  The administrator is active and provides great daily themes.  A small intimate group under 1000 but very supportive.  Plus, periodically during the month there are artist studies selected as the daily prompt.
  • Sketchbook Skool: A Drawing A Day – This group is part of the Sketchbook Skool Facebook group, as well as the Sketchbook Sketching Skool.
  • Doodlewash – Has a community outside of Facebook where you can post your completed art as well as sign up for their forum.  Doodlewash also has a Facebook page, World Watercolor Group with 72k membership.  Daily sketch themes are found here.
  • Daily Sketch Challenge – There is a nice monthly list provided; however I do not see many submission to the challenged
  • Urban Sketchers – This is a huge group with subgroups all around the world. So if you live in a metropolitan area, you might find a urban group near your area.  I found this an interesting group with lots of art submissions from around the world.  I find it interesting to see sketches of locations around the world that I would love to visit!
  • Virtual Sketchwalk – This group selects cities or locations around the world, provides a walking map and photos for members to draw.  Interesting concept.  Haven’t tried it yet, but will do a few of their challenges.  Its an active group even though there are under 1000 members.

The Sketching Everyday group is doing an alphabet series for September. I decided to complete my month doing animal sketches.  Doodlewash is doing a month theme of celebrations.  If you’ve not incorporated a daily routine of sketching, I invite you to follow along with any of the sites listed above.  The drawing of sketches can be simple 15 minute sketches in any medium, a quick doodle or a formal drawing/painting.   My sketches below were ten minute to two hour drawings.

Please note:  The old house is a Seth Clark Study.  Selected topic by the Sketching Everday group.  The Lady With A Cup is a Fred Callibri Study.

 

 

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Fourteen day challenge

The Facebook group, The Art Apprentice, a beginning artist group is having a 14 day art challenge to celebrate their 1000th member.   Since I am a moderator of the group, I need to make sure I participate!  I am doing catch-up on my art pieces and sketches, but here are a few drawings I’ve completed.  Some of the sketches I’ve done are very quick, but I am exercising my “right side of my brain”  by completing daily art pieces.  Feel free to follow along with your own sketches, or leisurely pick a few challenges to do  At the moment we are on day 7.

Day 1: The Number 1000
Day 2: Colorful Balloons
Day 3: Eye/eyes
Day 4: Something Sweet
Day 5: Your Zodiac Sign
Day 6: Your favorite Flower
Day 7: Your favorite Cartoon Character
Day 8: Something in your Room
Day 9: Something you don’t like
Day 10: An art supply you would like to buy
Day 11: Something Bright and Cheerful
Day 12: Your Countries Flag
Day 13: Your Favorite Book
Day 14: Something that makes you smile

My quick drawings:

Day 1:   The Number 1000.  I used Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and Derwent Inktense pencils.  Micron Ink pens and Derwent Inktense pencils are waterproof.  The Micron pens are archival for any of your fine art. Because the Pigma ink is waterproof, you can put watercolor pencils/paint over the ink without smearing the initial drawing.  I used it on my little worm I created from the number 1000.

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Day 2: Colorful balloons. I used Delish watercolor pencils and the Sakura Pigma Micron Pens to complete my watercolor color balloons.  I preferred the piece before I put the spots on the balloons, but I am told the dots look like graffiti.  I’ll let you decide…

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Day 3:  An eye.  Completed my eye using Derwent Watercolor pencils and Arteza Fineliners Fine Point Pens.  Love these pencils and pens. All I needed to do was use watercolor brush pens on the ink to spread the colors.

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Day 4: Something Sweet:  This was a really quick sketch of gummy bears.  I used Arteza watercolor pencils to complete the gummy bears.

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Thanks for letting me share.  Hopefully I’ve given you inspiration to do your own challenges!

 

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Completed Flamingo

Just thought I would share my completed flamingo.  I shared the piece a few weeks ago when it was only halfway completed.  This beauty is going to be in the Tuleluke, Butte County fair so wish me luck!  Also, for those who want to try your art using color pencils on drafting film, I encourage you to do so as an alternative to traditional paper

The flamingo was completed on Grafix Matte 0.005 Dura-Lar Film using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils.   I used the reverse side to add value by darkening and lightening the areas of the wings.  I used cream as the base, then layered light magenta, dark cadium orange, salmon, and light pink.  For areas that needed shadows, I added the cold grey III and manganese violet on the reverse side of the piece.

  1. You can erase the film easily using a good tombow eraser or using any polymer eraser.  I tend to like tombow erasers since the manufacturer produces very thin erasers for removing very fine lines.
  2. Since it’s a clear matte film, you can trace directly from a lightbox. There are several lightboxes available.  Here is one of my favorites–TicTech Ultra Thin Portable LED Tracer
  3. Color pencils adhere and blend easily.  I used Faber Castell, Polychromos which are oil based pencils, but Sanford Prismacolors Premier or other wax based pencils work well on drafting film surfaces

Artist Karen Hull, has information on the use of drafting film, as well as several tutorials you might be interested in.

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What’s your story? How did you start your art or photo journey?

It was last year that I decided to try my hand at art. My husband said I needed to retire and find somthing to do. He knew that I had been dragging my art supplies 20+ years every time I moved and I kept saying I wanted to paint my pictures (see some of my photos).  The problem was, I didnt know which medium to try. I have watercolors, oil tubes, acrylic tubes, pastels and sketch pencils. I wanted to try them all, but didnt want to be a jack of all trades. I went to the local library and “ohhhhed and ahhhhed” at all the the great library books. I had no idea what mixed media was so I borrowed a book called Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink by Ohl, Jodi. The book was insightful since it took an approach to mixed media, and introduced me to types of materials, paint mixing, priming the canvas, and the painting process. The book also demonstrated the use of ink (which I had no idea that you could pour ink), with acrylics. I highly recommend the book. The painting was my rendition of the demonstartion from the book. It’s 11×14 canvas board and Daler Rowney Acrylic Sampler to complete the painting.  Although I am sure you can use any acrylic paints. I didnt have pourable ink for the splatters, so I used acrylic for the splatters and a marker to define the buildings.

Unfortunately, I am a messy painter so I look just like the canvas. Rarely do I take out my brushes, but I will when I want to finish a piece in a few hours.  Since then, I have switched to Color Pencil art, which is a slow medium,  with an occasional visit back to acrylics.  I am a little impatient so it’s nice to get a piece done quickly in acrylic paints.  I only came across the color pencil when I saw a painting that  looked similar to watercolor.  I did a few Facebook searches and found amazing artists in the medium.  It’s been a difficult for the media to make it’s impact in the art world, but the community of artists have grown to respect the artists who choose to work with color pencil.

If you get the book, feel free to post your painting demonstrations. I would love to see them.  Also, I would also love to hear your story!

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The Art Apprentice – Facebook go to for Aspiring Artists

I’ve not had a chance to continue my work on my new piece…a flamingo. I scrambled to come up with 2 entries for color pencil and the bird category.  The pieces I entered are an illustrative nature piece and an old 5×7 owl eyes piece; however, I think the owl eyes  look “scary”.  Nonetheless, I am continuing on the flamingo for the upcoming fair in September. Below is my work in progress and my scary owl eyes.  I’ll post my finished flamingo piece in a future post.

 

Owl photo reference obtained from photographer, Terence Porter

What’s exciting though, is an opportunity to moderate a new Facebook Page called The Art Apprenctice. What makes it exciting is that this group has 3000+ categorized tutorials all in one place. The artist Kim Holden, is spending endless hours searching the web for tutorials and plopping it in one group! I promised myself though, that I would spend less time on Facebook and do more art.  However, there is a plus to looking at more art, I’m able to look at art critically and see the values, contrasts, perspectives, etc.  So..if you are an aspiring artist like myself, I encourage you to join the group and peruse the site for a tutorial and an artist you might want to follow.  Hope to see you there!

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