It’s All About the Foundations: Daily Art Practice
Summer is officially here and I am loving it! I have been able to squeeze in more afternoon quiet time thanks to school being out. Today was the first day in a while that my children were able to get out and play. It has been really rainy here but that is ok with me. My garden loves the rain and so do I. The top picture is of my pots right after planting. They have grown quite a bit since then but I haven’t taken a picture.
Here are a few of the hanging pots in the front of the house. I have cherry tomatoes and cabbage in these pots. They too have grown, due to all the rain.
This isn’t baking related but I wanted to share my lunch today. I made lettuce wraps using buttercrunch lettuce from my garden. I planted romaine as well but it is still itty bitty. Next year I think I may plant all buttercrunch and forego the romaine.
I tried a few new sourdough recipes this week. Below is Peanut Butter Sourdough Cookies.
Below are Raisin Puff Cookies. I got this recipe from a baker in our church. I have had the recipe sitting around for a few years and I found it the other day while browsing my recipe cards looking for something new to bake. My family loved them, especially my hubby so they must be good.
The last batch of cookies is my all time favorite Vegan cookie recipe. I make a batch of these every. single. week. With my current food restrictions I would go crazy if I didn’t have something to make meal time more pleasant. Since cutting out eggs and substituting flax meal, I have noticed a texture change in these cookies. Instead of being cookie-like and crunchy, they have become soft and gooey, which makes me like them all the more. I have made these with 85% chocolate but recently I am trying chocolate and raisins. Yum!
And that’s it for baking. Have you noticed I am on a cookie kick as of late? It is a good thing they freeze well because who could eat all of these?
Daily Practice Needs Foundation
This week I slacked a little when it came to daily watercolor practice. I have gotten discouraged that my portraits are muddy and lacking progress. As a result, I re-evaluated and decided that I am not going to get better until I master the foundations. So, it is back to square one. I need to re-learn perspective and how to layer colors. I need to learn the fundamentals of drawing again. It has been ages since I took art classes and even then, I am not sure I learned everything. So instead of spending so much time on daily watercolor and getting frustrated, I have decided to split my time up throughout the day and dedicate slots to learning specific skills. Here is what I did this week.
I started reading this book, The Urban Sketching Handbook Understanding Perspective: Easy Techniques for Mastering Perspective Drawing on Location, and going through all the lessons. I think this will help me when drawing buildings. I would love to get into Urban Sketching one of these days.
I will try not to bore you but here are a few of the exercises.
This lesson is breaking down a photo/scene into 3 focused scenes.
This lesson was to draw from real life. I was sitting on my bedroom floor looking into the hallway.
The following are examples from the book that I copied, along with some note taking for future reference.
This lesson was to draw two tissue boxes at different angles in order to find the vanishing point for both. This was very hard and I didn’t do so well.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is The Republic of Tea Peppermint Cuppa Chocolate tea. I enjoy this in the mornings or after dinner. The peppermint and chocolate make a great combination.
Happy Tea Day,