It’s A Jungle Out There! : Daily Art Practice
The summer days always manage to fill up with activity even though nothing is planned most of the time. I find grocery shopping takes a whole day by the time we are done running around to 3-4 stores. Some days we dedicate to chores and then there are the Dr’s Appointments. It is hard to believe that school is around the corner.
My hubby and I had a pleasant getaway this past weekend shopping and eating out while the children spent time with their Grandparents. We found some amazing clothing deals for at Burlington and Gabe’s. Our town doesn’t have a Hobby Lobby so I was excited to visit one. Can you believe that I didn’t purchase any craft supplies? Instead, I purchased placemats. I am learning that buying supplies can be an addiction, so I am trying to only purchase what I need.
A few books that I recently checked out from our local library InterLibrary Loan that I would recommend.
The book, How To Make Hand-Drawn Maps By Helen Cann, has gorgeous and unique examples of hand-drawn maps. They are not all traditional in style which makes it all the more interesting.
I found this book, The V n A Sourcebook of Pattern and Ornament ,in the Mount Vernon Gift shop and added it to my library list. This book is thick and full of pages upon pages of patterns, whether from fabric, clothing, or decorative ornaments. I had a lot of fun flipping through this book and found it to be very inspirational when it came to color, subject and pattern.
Tea and Poetry
Our theme was a bit relaxed this week and I chose to make things simpler than usual. Every week this summer, the children and I have taken turns reading my illustrated version of The Jungle Book MinaLima. The book has beautiful illustrations and interactive elements that make it a more interesting read. We had a pot of tea along with a Gluten-free, Sugar-free apple peach crisp.
While I read, the children sipped their tea, ate crisp and colored these pages that I printed out. I promised them that when we finish the entire book, we will watch all the movie versions of The Jungle Book. After looking online, I realized there are quite a few so we will pick the best and enjoy some popcorn.
So, as you can see, this week was pretty simple but enjoyable.
Recently, I found a Youtube Tutorial by Marco Bucci that really encouraged me to try a new way of painting. I love details and realism but at times, I get so caught up in getting everything perfect, that I struggle to focus on the big picture. I watched this tutorial many times and each time, I made a painting. I haven’t done a lot of urban sketching and this was a great tutorial for focusing on the big shapes so that I can work fast but still capture the essence of the scene, despite the lack of detail.
I really enjoyed this exercise and am looking forward to trying this again. It is fun to see the difference between the 1st painting and the last. Each time, my colors and composition turn out a bit differently.
I am joining the Tea Day Ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Our tea this week was Earl Gray, again. I may need to make my children try a new tea next week as they continuously pick this one.
Happy Tea Day,