The thoughts and works of a caffeine addicted artist!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
My Little Book of Challenges
When the sun greets you and dances upon your face as it did mine this morning you have two choices - sunbathe or sketch? So...I did both! You may have seen me mention the yahoo group called 'EverDayMatters'. I joined them recently and have managed to create a few sketches to meet their weekly challenges where a new subject is set each week for members to sketch/journal about. Their list has been running far longer than my membership with them and has now reached week 114. The few sketches I have managed to complete for this list have been mixed among my journal pages in my small moleskin and today I decided to organise...Oh yes, I am way too good at that! I like things in order it rewards me with a sense of control and eases my mind and I love a challenge, so it was only a matter of time before I decided to start at number one on the huge list and begin a separate book just for this purpose. It's how I am, I have given up the fight! I came across an A6 Winsor & Newton case bound sketchbook in my studio that came with a Cotman travel set purchased back in 2003 when I began this wonderful artistic journey that now fills my life. It isn't the W&N heavyweight paper I love so much but it handled watercolour and coloured pencil well today. I have marked each page in order (of course) with items from the list and my intention is to fill them randomly as the occasion allows. It will provide me with good illustrative practice and offer subjects for me to sketch at times when subjects elude me. Today was a fantastic day to start such a project, the hot sun spotlighting the patio gave me the perfect spot to set out my kit, stopping to soak in the rays and watch my Son bouncing on his trampoline between sketches.
EDM Challenge #1 - Shoe EDM Challenge #2 - Lamp EDM Challenge #3 - Bag EDM Challenge #4 - Cup