In My Previous Life…
A long time ago I used to paint. Pre-Children Era. Painting can be very therapeutic and relaxing but requires periods of uninterrupted time. And those of you that have had children would probably agree with me that un-interrupted time and children in the same sentence is an oxymoron. (haha)
I have had a desire to start painting again but the most I have time for is sketching here and there. The paintings were done the year before we were married, 2005. As I look back, I have the desire to go in and change things about these paintings. I was always reserved when it came to making lights and darks. I can still hear my Grandpa voice, reminding me how important shadows are and to not be afraid to go in dark. Maybe I will get the courage to go in and tune up some of these paintings.
This cutie was on a clothing ad for children’s clothes. I absolutely love his pudgy cheeks and pout-y lips.
When it comes to painting, I love faces. An individual’s face reveals so much about their life and feelings. But I love the innocence reflected in the face of children. Maybe that is why I gravitate towards them when it comes to my artwork.
Believe it or not I am that little girl with the mushroom haircut. This was a collage I did from photos of my bother and I when we were younger.
I used a National Geographic photo for this one. It was a Middle Eastern Tribal woman in a dark burka holding her beautiful daughter in her lap. The mother’s face was sun-worn, showing life’s difficulties in her hard eyes. Against the darkness of her mother, the daughter had a ruffled pink cap, edged with lace and beautiful dark eyes. The photo is one of my favorites and I wish I could find it to share with you.
I have been following along with a few free online lessons to get back in the groove. As you can see, I still have a ways to go and a lot to learn but I am hoping to fit some more sketching into my life. Danielle Mack has some really helpful tutorials if you are interested in faces.
And that is it for today. If you are interested in seeing more, I may share them in a future post.
Do you have a favorite website/blog for drawing and painting inspiration?
Have a great weekend,