This is a figure made out of masking tape and wire (and a bit of duct tape and tin foil). We'll see where she goes. She is oddly compelling when she's in your presence.
Still working on this. It is a bit odd but it too is oddly compelling....
Great creative exercise (thanks to Carla Sonheim):
Go outside and find a sidewalk. Draw the random cracks.
Look at what you've drawn and make something out of it.
That's where the Sneaky Girl came from -- actually it was paper courtesy of Carla Sonheim of sidewalk cracks.
I like the Sneaky Girl! I just used marker and pen.
Above is a simple worksheet exercise I did this morning as part of the online class I am taking with Carla Sonheim. It is an exercise to work on different pen strokes.
Perfect subject -- hair.
So I followed the directions and gave each blob a different type of hair.
Then at the end I was supposed to pick which one I liked the best, which one I liked the least.
OK, I have no idea if I can express why this did so much in me but I will try.
The best one I liked was the messy one. It was fun to do -- just a bunch of very fast scribbling.
The one I liked the least was the long, flowy hair.
This surprised me. It isn't because my long, flowy hair isn't that great (it isn't), but it wasn't that interesting to do. It was kind of dull. Not that long, flowy hair is dull in real life -- it isn't. It is what I have wanted my whole life. I have had thin fine straight as straight hair my whole life. As a girl I so wanted princess hair. I wanted that thick shiny wavy golden hair my cousin had. Instead I had plain brown straight hair that didn't do anything.
These days I'm just glad to have hair!
But I realize that I often, with the characters I draw, I give them long hair. I haven't in the past done these other kinds of pen strokes with their hair.
It also helps me appreciate the variety in life! God loves variety. That's why we all don't have princess hair. The other kinds are fun to create too.
Anyway, that all probably sounds silly. It is more than hair. I guess we will have to stick with the thought that sometimes simple exercises, simple things we do have profound effects on our hearts.
My huge sketchbook is filled! Not one piece of paper was torn out of it. All are filled with sketches.
Saturday was my birthday and I have three more sketchbooks to fill now. I plan on getting to the point where I fill one a month.
So, here are the last six sketches in this first illustrator sketchbook. Not sure what to think of them. They are a bit weird!
Why do I share these silly sketches? I sat on a pallet last night in my grassless side yard sketching randomly again. I share for two reasons: One, to keep me drawing. And two, to encourage someone else to pick up a pen or pencil and draw for fun. We don't have to be incredible artists to draw. Drawing is an activity that all should take part in. It's fun. And it's good for the brain and the emotions. The UK has a National Drawing Day. This year it is May 18. I don't know if the USA has a national drawing day or not -- we ought to.
I witnessed the joy of drawing not long ago in the elementary student bible club I lead during the school year. We were drawing fish. I wanted us to draw 153 fish (interesting number that is actually named in the Bible in the last part of John as part of a story). Well, there were three adults besides myself at this meeting and I enlisted their help. They had so much drawing. The fish were silly -- not serious at all. It was fun for me to watch these grownups take part in this activity.
So onto last night's sketches. Here they are:
I've got to do my quick sketches in the morning. Otherwise, I don't get back to the sketchbook!
I'm kind of wandering around in my brain I think with my sketches these days -- don't have much direction. That's okay. I'll just keep sketching.
I got a fountain pen yesterday that I can fill with waterproof ink -- but the problem is right now it is filled with blue ink and I don't like blue ink....Should I dump it out and replace it with the black waterproof ink I have? I might. I'll let my husband use it for a while maybe.
Anyway, back to the sketches. This morning I drew a few silly monsters and Ziggy and my dog and Maggie's cat. Ziggy is the puppet that makes an appearance every Wednesday at my elementary student Bible group.
To the sketches!
I started with my husband's cowboy boots. Then I drew the first monster next to them. He is saying, "Roar! I'm going to eat you." The monster below him on the left says, "You know, your bunny tail kind of ruins your scary look. Plus, those are boots and they can't hear you." And the next monster says, "At least he doesn't look like a pathetic puppy with a squirrel tail." And the bird on the bottom finishes the conversation. She says, "Boys, stop it. You are all quite ugly and that's enough chatter. Look at my new earrings."
Do my sketches say anything about me? I have no clue. Just wanted to share what I did in my sketchbook yesterday -- a jumbled mess but a happy mess. There's a little picture of Maggie below on the left -- the very skinny person leaping up. In heaven I bet she can leap up and down and sideways and backwards and upside down!
So, I am calling myself an illustrator. I think of myself that way. I have yet to be published but one day --- I know it.
Maggie has been in heaven for six days.
What is a mama to do?
Especially a mama who loves to draw and create?
Well, after I took a long nap this morning and a shower, I got out my sketchbook and thought of Maggie in heaven running. A friend thought she was probably running with the giraffes. Maggie has a long history with giraffes which I won't get into but here is what I quickly drew (and I know it isn't brilliant but it was fun to draw).
Above on the left is a picture of my Maggie I just love. The page on the right is the running scene. Maggie has two arrows pointing to her. I will give closeups of the characters (You can also click on the pic and it will get larger for you).
Maggie loved the song "She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa, she's a lady."
That was going threw my mind as I drew her and all the creatures. I have no clue who the lady is behind her!
The unknown lady is saying "Wait for me Maggie!"
And Maggie is saying, "Weeeeeee!"
"Wow Maggie! You're fast!"
Female Lion: I thought the lions were the fastest ones up here! Are you watching Maggie? She's fast!
Male Lion: Well, I don't mind. She's so darn cute!
Pig: Jesus, I want to be fast like Maggie.
Jesus: That can be arranged.
The above picture isn't part of the scene but I like it. I drew it yesterday. My Moo! What a treasure she was to me (and still is).
Above is a painting I did long ago. It originally was part of a big red barn! And it turned into a butterfly. And another incredible thing is that my friend Sue bought it before I had ever even thought about selling things I created. What a surprise that was and a joy then and now.
Because my dear friend Sue went to heaven a year ago and two days ago my little Maggie flew to heaven too -- flew like a beautiful butterfly. She was almost 12. It was a shock but oh, she is so happy and joyful and lovely and I was her mama for 9 years. I am so thankful to her and to Jesus and to all my friends who helped that happen (especially Melanie and Polina).
Above is Marcie and Mustache, her pet. She is part of the chapter book I am trying to get published. She was Maggie's favorite character -- I think because she was quite a lot like Maggie. I didn't mean for that to happen but it did. And Marcie became my favorite too -- maybe it is because she wears glasses and overalls all the time (I don't wear overalls all the time but I do wear jeans most days -- in fact, I am wearing jeans to Maggie's funeral Sunday).
I won't write much more but if you have time could you read my post from my other blog about the day for Maggie? Here is the link: Maggie
And if you would like to read more of her story my friends who founded The Shepherd's Crook wrote a beautiful piece that I think will bless you big time. I just checked -- they left the piece I refer to on their homepage. It is beautiful. And at the bottom of it you can see several pictures of my Maggie.
Thanks for reading. I am thinking I might write another book just about Marcie. We'll see what the future holds.
If you aren't used to drawing or don't draw normally, approach it as an experiment. Let the pencil or pen or crayon or stylus (whatever you prefer) to just have freedom to do what it wants. Don't draw the specific things you see. Draw the shapes that you see. Draw the outlines of things.
Don't say to yourself, "I'm going to draw this tree or my pet."
Instead, say to yourself, "I am going to draw that tall rectangle and that fuzzy square."
Resist the urge to criticize what you do. If you criticize yourself as you draw (or actually whatever creative endeavor you begin) you will stop the flow of creativity. You will get nowhere and you will quit.
But if you give yourself permission to create you will be surprised at what you find.
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