Rick diligently practices his classical guitar every day. And guess what? He gets better and better. In the summer, I paint every day. And guess what? I get better and better too.
Then I put everything away for months at a time and when I go to start again, I realize how far I've fallen. So when the Sketchbook Revival free workshops began, I decided to jumpstart my creativity!
The workshops are half-hour (or less) video tutorials where you paint or collage along with the featured artist. They started a couple of weeks ago but if you sign up now you can watch the replays till mid-April. Which is good, as I signed up late! I started with "How to Sketch a Bird" -- drawing a Royal Tern -- with Shari Blaukopf. She had a photo and we drew and painted along with her. I did the drawing and started the painting during the video and finished it up after.
Then I did a Water Lily Pond painting workshop with Renee Mueller. She instructor had two working photos and she modified her piece from one of them. I drew along with her modification. I was very happy with the results on this one.
It works as a horizontal, too, but I tend to like the vertical better.
Then, on my own, I did my interpretation of her other inspiration photo.
My favorite was 1, 2, 3 Cats! by Este MacLeod . Look carefully. The idea of this one was to think outside our own boxes. We numbered a grid 1 through 9, with the 3 and 9 turned on their sides. Then we drew our cats around them. Can you see the numbers, hidden in the cat faces?
Lizzie is a perfect 8!
Drawing these cats is SO far out of my realm of usual painting. Usually my cat portraits look like this.
Not like this!
The most recent one was from "Drawing Dynamic Dancers" with Barbara Baumann. Our task -- a dancer in motion. I don't think I did great on this, but I did get some good ideas on figure painting, which isn't my strong suit -- and that was sort of the point of learning.
I have many more lessons to follow here, but enjoyed them tremendously. I also went back to my watercolor book to practice a few more feathers as bookmarks...
...a foggy day (I know, the sky should be gray)...
...and a winter scene. This might be inspired from a Jenna Rainey video.
How do you jumpstart your creativity after too long dormant? Please share your best ideas!
It definitely feels good!