Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Sketchbook New Year

Millicent And Pierre

Daphne The Selkie
Goldilocks Shape Shifter
Back in December, while Christmas shopping, I treated myself to a new sketchbook. Nice and thick and sturdy with nearly 300 pages-- a students "Utility Sketchbook". I had been considering beginning a new sketchbook as a 'drawing a day' kind of journal.  Not a formal art journal, but drawing whatever the muse moves me to....
So far, I have about a half dozen drawings... I'm playing with markers and colour; making character studies for possible future paintings. My character studies aren't the usual kind. I love layering in detail and marks and colours... these might even end up being scanned in the future for framing. We'll see.
Right now I'm happy creating these new characters and working toward a new creative outlet: I want to write and illustrate my own little book of stories... maybe my own folktales... or fairy tales.  I always 'carry' these characters and images and stories in my head; it's time to try my hand at writing them and drawing them.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Where To Start... (again)

January seems like a good place and returning to my blog seems like a good beginning to a new creative year. So much growth-- both pleasant and painful has occurred in the time while this little online place sat neglected, gathering cobwebs.

Today I have cleared out her corners... and dusted and swept and mopped and moved furniture and painted the walls. There will be more. But, for now... this is a good place. A place I want to come to... sitting at my kitchen table... with a cup of tea, pausing in my other creative endeavors to visit and tell stories and share pictures and get to know this little online room all over again.