Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Orbsladee!

Yay! Laura is back! Our Diva...and her adorable boys, and cute/hot hubby. Good stuff! and UMT this time is Orbsladee, a super cool looking pattern that I've played with off and on for a while. In fact, my entry this time comes from a sketchbook I have had for a while, that I put aside. When I started in on a new challenge...which I'll share about....I needed a sketchbook and grabbed this one. And this piece is in there...if I do say so myself, I was impressed.





I don't remember doing this, but when I stopped and looked at it, I found myself quite delighted, and isn't it cool that orbsladee is in there? I'm going to play around with that pattern, because every piece I've ever done using it, turns out so cool looking!

Now...why did I need a sketchbook? What made me haul this one off the shelf? Well, a friend on Facebook is presenting a drawing challenge: choose a photo from your stash at random, and then draw what is in it. Believe me, this kind of thing is right outside my comfort zone.
I've done three days and here they are...

This first one, of my youngest child Katie, grooving along in her new shiny black boots.
My youngest, Katie when she was six
the drawing
Me and my friend Nancy
the drawing





This is the second photo I pulled...I wasn't expecting it, and saw only the roundness of my face hahahaha. I really flubbed the drawing, but the memory is nice. A good friend, getting packed up to move far away, her and her kids. And I and my kids and hubby, were helping. We paused for this pic. My drawing of it though...argh! To be utterly fair to myself, I have never done a self portrait (not since a third grade art project in school) and I was using my micron 01 pen for the job. How ridiculous I look!

This morning's random photo was of me...again?!! but that's part of the challenge...drawing the first photo your hand falls on, so I took a breath, and decided on pencil this time.



With pencil, and the freedom to erase and re-do my lines, I feel like I was able to get a sort of likeness of the face...the hands, though! yikes! So...I'll be doing this every day for a 30 day challenge (and I'm five days behind, so 25 eh?) and let's see what my drawings look like at the end of it. :) I plan on doing it several different ways, including one line (not lifting the pen/pencil) and blind drawing (Not looking at the paper, only at the model)... and I may just begin adding more detail to the backgrounds.

Other zentangle stuff...I didn't participate in any challenges at the end of December, partly due to holidays, but mostly because I was finishing up the massive tome about Vincent Van Gogh....a 900 page behemoth, that I read diligently for 30 minutes every day because, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I was able to put it down after 30 minutes, no problem, for most of it, but at the end, when he started "coming into" his style, using color and strokes, taking his huge pack of art supplies out for plein air work, when he was descending into his final madness, and struggling to do well, when he went into the insane asylum, and the amazing art that came of that...well, I simply couldn't put it down, there at the end. I fell in love with his work, and spent time online finding images to put on my desktop wallpaper, and selecting some good quality prints/stretched canvas pieces to hang on my own walls. Is there a prettier green than the one he used in his painting of irises in a white jug?


14 comments:

  1. Love your orbs-la-dee! So whimsical! Love the rest of the drawing as well. Congrats to you for stepping out of your comfort zone! :)

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  2. Fun blog! I LOVE your Orbs-la-Dee!

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  3. A spectacular and beautiful Zia with so much depth, I love it. Fun blog to read, I'm a fan of Van Gogh too, he is very famous in Europe.
    Lovely picture of your cheerful daughter!
    Best wishes and happy tangling in 2017.

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  4. That's quite an amazing Zentangle inspired piece in your sketchbook and, of course, it seamlessly incorporates Orbs-la-Dee. Kudos also for stepping outside your comfort zone for the photo challenge and for sticking with a 900 page biography. Happy New Year.

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  5. Thank you for this beautiful ZIA with Orbs-la-Dee and for sharing your fascination for my compatriot Vincent van Gogh. I always get tears in my eyes when I hear Don McLean sing about the "starry, starry night"...

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  6. Beautiful work in your sketch book Heidi Sue! Loved it.

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  7. That drawing in your sketchbook is gorgeous!

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  8. That is a great Orbs-la-Dee that you found in your journal. I am quite impressed with your sketches as well!

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  9. I lovelovelove your sketchbook! Your people sketches are so cool. I keep telling myself I'm gonna do that and I never do. I applaud you!!!

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  10. Wonderful blogpost and wonderful sketches! I do love your ZIA with Orbs-la-Dee! It´s fantastic!

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  11. Lovely work! Beautiful Orbs-la-Dee submission. I love the photo sketches as well! Congratulations on finishing the Van Gogh book... It sounds like quite an undertaking. I think I'll add it to my books to read list!

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