I said I'd post a portrait everyday, except Sunday. Okay, I have to clarify something. What does a day mean? This is tricky. There's the calendar date that changes every midnight. But, for most of us the day starts when we get up and ends when we go to bed. And most people do that around a general time in the morning and at night. Except crazy artists. Well, at least this artist.
I too judge my day by the time I get up until I go to bed. I just don't go to bed at the normally accepted time. So, while you are thinking that this is Friday since you're waking up, I'm still on Thursday because I haven't gone to bed yet. Technically in my mind I am posting the painting on Thursday. Make sense?
I had appointments and meetings yesterday that took me away from home most of the day. Then I didn't actually get home until 10 and didn't start painting until midnight. I finished the first portrait at around 3. I'm thinking you shouldn't wait up to see the painting because some days will be like this for me. Well, quite a few days actually. I finally quit when I started to fall asleep with my paint brush in hand.
Honestly, there were 3 adorable photos that I wanted to paint. (I got a couple of emails that the blog or FB didn't see.) I don't know how I'm going to deal with wanting to paint so many. Anyway, here's the portrait I started with. It's terrible lighting and not straight so I'll put up another one when I can take a daylight photo. I'm going to end my Thursday and go to sleep now for a few hours. Hope you enjoy the painting.
7/13/12 Update: Painting in the morning and after a couple of paint touch ups
5 PURPOSES OF A SKETCHBOOK
Do you have to be an artist to have a sketchbook? Absolutely not!
Most of the reasons an artist uses a sketchbook are applicable to anyone.
Here are 5 purposes to your sketchbook.
repeated effort, proficient exercises, habitual execution
do an exhaustive study of some subject matter, try new mediums, see if you can draw something, experiment, develop skills, make mistakes, challenge yourself,
character, qualities & behavior, style
visual reflections of your character, qualities and behavoir, record of you and your progress, your dreams, fears,
POINT OF VIEW
personal opinion, attitude, appraisal or judgements
life, living, world inside and outside of your head, write text, shows development of ideas
ideas that don't seem feasible, items that may not exist yet, imaginings that haven't taken place yet,
information that hasn't been thought yet
imagination, fantasy, experiment, explore ideas,
example - Leonardo diVinci's drawings of machines and new ideas
quest and conquest of what's engaging, searching and securing inclinations, there are no rules
it's personal passion on paper
HOW TO USE A SKETCHBOOK
• take it with you everywhere
• use a page a day
• don't be inhibited in what you record,
WHAT A SKETCHBOOK MIGHT CONTAIN
• drawing from observation
• rough drafts
• found objects
• pen and ink
• colored pencil
GET CREATIVE • GET A SKETCHBOOK
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A distinct kind or type of artwork
A similar feature creating a unifying category
A particular class of artistic pursuit by one or more artists
Groupings can be divided by
form, content, technique, style, geographic, time
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These are just some of the art genres to give you an idea.
Portrait or Landscape
There are 2 ways that a rectangular painting
can be turned and
it is referred to as a paintings orientation.
A paintings orientation can be either
Portrait or Landscape
Portrait is where a painting is taller (vertical)
than wider (horizontal).
Landscape is wider (vertical) than taller (horizontal).
A couple tricks to remembering which is which -
Portrait - when we look at a person we look
up and down (vertical) &
people are taller that wider
Landscape - we look side to side (horizontal) &
the horizon is vast and wide
It is not the content of the painting that determines orientation. A painting of a person reclining can have a landscape orientation and a painting of tall trees can have a portrait orientation.