OK people can have a chuckle at this. With doing the 5 day challenge my house was a mess. So today my sketch is what I was using to do my cleaning. As I stopped to sketch these I thought you cant get more mundane that this but anything is suitable to sketch as practice. It does not have to be particularly deep and meaningful. Some people feel that art has to be serious but I think to represent everyday life is OK. The shapes in these items made me stop, look and draw which is what a drawing exercise needs to be.
I have to admit that after racing about doing 3 sketches a day doing 1 is a relief! Best of all it feels much easier to find the time to do it. I know it is not a great piece but at least I did it!
This was done in Strathmore mixed media sketchbook using artist pitt pens and watercolour paint. I must admit drawing across the middle of the sketchbook is beginning to annoy me. I think when I finish this one I will use a larger size as I often feel cramped. The advantage of this size (5.5 x 8.5 inches or approximately A5) is that it fits in my hand bag and it is easily carried around. I have used this size journal a lot for that reason but I have to admit I often feel cramped. An A4 size is very large to fit in a bag. So I swing back and forth between the two sizes depending on my mood.
This topic is also #263 on the EDM challenge list which reads Draw your favourite cleaning supply – well I am not sure there is anything favourite about cleaning stuff but this is what I was using this morning. For those interested the Every Day Matters drawing challenge has a Facebook page where people share photos of what they have been sketching.
Well I do admit to feeling like this 5 days art challenge has caused me to be running a bit! So today I have returned to a food theme. I did not realise how much of our life revolves around food! The getting of it, the preparing it, the eating of it and the cleaning up! The first is a treat yes cookies. The EDM challenge prompt #202 reads “Draw a cookie” and I thought it went well with Day 20 of the AJW Sketchbook challenge to draw something made with chocolate.
Next drawing is also from the EDM challenge as prompt #154 reads, Draw a lemon.
My last sketch of the day (and last sketch in the 5 days art challenge) is a pineapple. They have quite complex patterning on their skin and I always enjoy drawing them apart from the fact they are one of my favourite foods too ! So EDM challenge as prompt #146 reads, Draw a favourite food.
I have done the 5 days art challenge meme on Facebook. I posted 3 sketches a day for 5 days running and had a ball doing it so thanks to Jules Woolford of Needle and Pen for nominating me.
I think for today I have come up with something different. I decided That my daughters trapeze was an ideal object to draw for the EDM challenge prompt #196 “Draw some rope”. Well… there is quite a bit of rope in a trapeze so it took a little while. As my regular readers might remember my daughter Eve, works in a circus. She is currently touring in New Zealand with Circus Aotearoa. This is an old Trapeze she left in storage here.
People always say how “lucky” she is to be a circus performer but what they don’t realise is how many hours of training she does. To be able to hang from a trapeze you need a lot of upper body strength and keeping fit is not something you can just do every now and then. Eve trains daily and her skill is not just as a acrobat but also she has taken dance classes too. These ballet slippers always remind me of the discipline she has imposed on herself. Not for month or two but for well over a decade. I think when people watch any sort of physical performer they forget the training and time it takes to make something look light and graceful. These ballet slippers fit the EDM challenge prompt #312 “Draw something light” This drawing also fits in Day 8 of the Sketch a Day challenge which is to sketch footwear
Finally before I became too boring with proud Mum moments I decided to draw Eve’s black and white spotty teapot which meets the criteria for day 16 of the AJW Sketchbook challenge which is shared in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group The challenge was to draw something black and white. Also the EDM challenge prompt #290 reads “Draw a teapot” so it fits that too!
So all of these items are themed around one person – my daughter Eve. It has been fun drawing them, particularly since the Strathmore sketchbook I am drawing in she gave me for Christmas.
I am doing the Facebook 5 days art challenge meme. I am posting 3 sketches a day for 5 days running. I was nominated by Jules Woolford of Needle and Pen
Here I am waving happily with my 3 sketches. I ventured out into the depths of Jerry’s shed which is not so organised chaos. Anyway I decided to raid some tools and draw them. I am beginning to feel as if my self imposed “overload January” is starting to pay off because it is not taking so long to produce something! I think I have learnt to knuckle down and get on with it rather than faffing about.
All of these were done in a a Mixed media Strathmore sketchbook with watercolours, and pitt pens.
The G clamps I actually use in book binding. After sewing the signatures and glueing the spine, using the G clamps, I clamp the book block between two planks of wood that are about the size of bread board. I let the glue dry for about 24 hours before binding on the covers. I do not have a real book press but this technique works fine. Also I press it again once I have made the covers. The small hammer is actually mine. Since it is so small and ideal for all sorts of craft related activities.
The last is hand drill which is quite old. The simple mechanical nature of it is very appealing and it reminds me of Dad as I can remember him using one just like it so I think this fits with EDM prompt #20 Draw something “Dad”. The other two drawings are for prompt #273 on the EDM challenge list which simply states Tools.
I was nominated for the 5 days Art Challenge by Jules Woolford of Needle and Pen