Monday, April 28, 2014

Artists gotta art.

I brought some sketching supplies with me for this open-ended trip, but nothing with color. I broke down Saturday and bought a set of Crayola pencils, just to have something to play with. I know, right? Here's me spread out on the floor...


I had brought a mixed media pad with me, and had a little fun journaling - I have to say that I much prefer this scribbly, scrawly form of sketching and journaling over layers of wet media. Quick, sketchy, fun, experimental, and casual. Some quick stream-of-consciousness journaling to get some thoughts out of my head, then some play with color, shading, and grounding. Fast and free.


I read a watercoloring magazine the other day at the clinic, and one artist's repeated advice was "draw and paint." Not everything has to end up in a store or gallery, and it's ok just to play. So here's a little of that - experimenting with these Crayola pencils on Canson mixed media paper.



I did bring a waterbrush and a water-soluble graphite pencil (Graphitone)...


 I LOVE this medium and look forward to playing with it more. I bought the set of 4, and the one I have with me is the 4B. I love to sketch, and love to watercolor - the graphite blends so easily, and allows you to sketch, and also blend out your mistakes into some shading. Here's a quick sketch of Russ' shoes...


 ...and one more page.


Hope you have a great week! I have a few fun things to share, in between appointments...!
Thanks for stopping by!

9 comments:

  1. These are FABULOUS, Dina! Just love that coffee cup page!

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  2. Enjoyed looking at your journal pages...you are so talented! You sure have a gift for all your forms of creating. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I find that your sketches are just as involved as your cards that you produce. God has given you a mind and hand for creating beautiful pieces of art that are layered even in just drawing for fun. (absolutely astounding to me) :)

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  4. Dina

    Thank you for sharing, your talent and honesty at this time is blessing me and encouraging me in ways you have no idea, you and yours are in my prayers!

    Brenda.

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  5. Dina, you are a natural at being so talented. I love the sketches, the roses are my favorite. You do have a God given talent and that why I buy your stamps because I can't draw, but can at too with a little help from you. Thanks for sharing and hope all is going well up North.
    Hugs,
    Gretchen

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  6. I am so glad that "artists gotta art" because look what we would have missed out on otherwise. Love your work Dina and your gorgeous sketches.

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  7. Such talent.....I have to rely on stamps, but I do love to color!!!!
    Hugs,
    Jan

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  8. Looks like you had fun playing and beautiful results as usual. I guess the "have fun" element is the key - it shows through :o)

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