While I've been away from the blog awhile, I've tried to keep art as a little part of my days. Recently, I checked out three amazing books from our local library. These titles include: The Joy of Acrylic Painting by Annie O'Brien Gonzales, The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson and Fabulous Figures by Jane Davenport. The library did not even have in their collection the last two, but after I submitted a request, they purchased them! Now, there may have been other requests too, but I was amazed at how quickly the books arrived.
The Joy of Acrylic Painting is the title I started reading while waiting for the other two to arrive at the library. There is great information in this title! I've read the first several chapters, and absolutely love the idea of using Painting Notes to record my journey. Inside I brainstorm ideas, make notes from my art reading and sketch. Of course, there is so much more you can do within the pages of your notes. The goal is to write something every day, which so far has been a challenge for me. If I can do several days a week, it is a win! I also really liked the idea of looking at our art ancestors and their works. I've always thought about this, but not actually gone and looked up various artists and several of their works. It's interesting how some remind me of even current day artists. For example, when I was looking at Paul Klee's Landscape with Yellow Birds, it reminded me of Flora Bowley's artwork using birds and flowers. Both artists are very inspiring!
I feel like this book has been helpful at just kickstarting some ideas and getting back into the groove of creation. Below are a few of the pages that I created in my Painting Notes book. It's a bit hard to see the work/notes created using pencil, but you can get the idea of what Painting Notes looks like. It's not really a journal to create artwork inside, but rather something to use to note things you would like to remember or things to try. I tried adding some color, just because I love color!
|Introductory page with ideas from the book.|
|More ideas and a few sketches.|
|A page of sketches inspired by various artists: Jennifer Seely, Paul Klee and Flora Bowley.|
I have also started two mini paintings that I hope to share soon!
I've thumbed through the other two books, which also look amazing, but haven't started any projects or done any work from them. Hopefully that will be coming soon! I highly recommend checking out these titles. :)
Finally, because this post is lacking in color, I've adding a quick journal page of a daisy.