I recently joined the Virtual Art Academy, it’s a four year online art course and I’m so happy and excited to be doing it that I wanted to share a few pages of what I have been doing, here with you. Just a few lessons into it and I can already sense a change in how I think visually:
I have had this Hobonichi planner since 5 months, and I love it so much, I can’t do it without it anymore, here are a few pages from it, I wanted to share these also with you; mostly I write notes in the daily pages, I don’t know , notes always keep piling up for me; the weekly pages I use for my core planning and the monthly pages for semi regular tasks:
(The last image has a tree of life illustration which is inspired from a photo in pinterest)
Quitting blogging has been on my mind for quite some time now (you might have guessed that given my increasingly intermittent posts from the past 2 to 3 years). The ending of the year seems like an apt time to talk about closures! Its been nearing 10 years that I have been writing for this blog (ever since my son’s birth actually), it has been a creative experience in and of itself apart from my artistic one. You have been great readers, thank you for coming by, reading and for sharing your opinions. I feel like I have to reflect back on my creative processes, growth and think about the way forward in terms of my artistic style. So, for now, I will leave you with my cafè painting; have a great holiday and happy goal-setting for the coming year. And, please don’t forget to check out my article at Jackson’s blog, it will be out after the festive season.
A sampling of what I have been doing with Jackson`s watercolors:
I haven`t had a chance to work on my painting this past week, I got sidetracked with figure drawing and some geometrical pattern drawing, so today I wanted to get on with it and I have transferred my drawing here to a watercolor paper:
a page from my sketches:
and meanwhile the Jackson`s catalogues have arrived: art supplies are always tantalizing; I have chosen a few and they are kind enough to be sending them to me, I can`t wait to try out their specialty brushes like foliage, fan and dagger.
These Sennelier iridescent extra soft pastels look way too tempting:
Jackson`s Art Supplies in London has featured one of the color charts that I had earlier painted for my reference on their cover of Jackson`s Material Guide: Winter 2016 2017. Eva Manca is the graphic designer who has designed it and I think she has done a lovely job of it; I will show photos of the inside when I receive my copy of it. I will be doing a review of Jackson`s watercolors and brushes at their popular art blog and also be giving an interview with them about my work in the near future.
This is a rough start to a drawing I have started, working out the perspective, proportions and the general placement of the buildings and things. It is a cozy, intimate scene with beautiful, warm street lighting and turquoise waters reflecting off its glints, so I am real excited to be painting it and though I have yet to work out the details of the drawing I wanted to show you what I have been doing:
I have started on another sketch, this time of a waterfall, wanted to share this before I close for the day. Just a first wash though, I have yet to muse over what foliage I want to paint growing beside it.