Yesterday I was painting on my demo paintings so that I could reuse them my stepdaughter Aranna was drawing in a sketchbook and interrupted me to tell me I should do something similar to her favorite things.
I told her if she drew it for me so that I could understand her idea, I would do it. This is her drawing:
When I was using Sketchbook Pro, which I’ve previously lauded as one of the best art apps for iPad, I’d get lost in my work – I loved the app, it did essentially everything I asked it to. But my exported videos would show when I’d zoomed in or out, which meant there was a lot of blank gray space in my videos. And when I was busy working, when time disappeared and things were going great – ZAP! suddenly the app would shut down and I could lose hours of my work.
So I kept looking for a great art app that would let me use my tablet or iPhone just like a sketchbook and I finally found the One. I use it with a regular tablet pen.
My favorite app – the one that I use a lot, that I’m using to create my tarot cards, that I use to create all my digital illustrations – is now exclusively Procreate. Even when Procreate suddenly shuts down, all my work is automatically saved. And every stroke I make is recorded so I can export my whole drawing process as a video when I’m done- here’s a truncated version from the Temperance tarot card I posted to Instagram:
Wouldn’t you love to be able to express yourself freely in line and color while still depicting representational, realistic subjects on your canvas? Edwards has dozens of exercises that will be a creative catalyst to have you going from stick figures to realistic accurate portraits in mere months.
Being Visual : Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers Bette Fetter
Discover how children learn to draw and learn to teach them in a way that lets them draw freely and expand their visual thinking. Fetter is both an artist and a Montessori teacher.
I’ve loved James Gurney’s art since I ordered a Dinotopia book from Scholastic in fourth grade. He’s a master of articulating the way color and light change the objects we’re all familiar with, from the way light filters through trees to the reason why telephone wires look black in front of the sky and white in front of dark buildings. You’ll have to get this book to learn more 😉
From the golden age of illustration comes the advice from a master artist who breaks down the complexities of the human body so that you can memorize them and understand the anatomy. Absolutely necessary for anyone whose work depicts a human figure.
If you know the bones and muscle structure of the body you can draw any pose from memory. Drawing from memory frees up your compositions and allows you to create more directly from your imagination. This book is the replacement for classical art instruction, as this kind of figure drawing is no longer taught in most modern art institutions as postmodernism made this virtuoso knowledge appear obsolete.
This May I started teaching for Paint Nite Seattle and I love it. I am so delighted that I have dozens of people to paint with every week and I feel so proud of them when they’re taking photos with their finished paintings!
On Tuesdays I’m at Casino Caribbean, which has an excellent menu of Chinese food; black pepper beef with bok Choy is my favorite. Our servers are fun and friendly and they remember my drink and make everyone feel happy. They put the Master Painting up on the big screen TVs and projector so everyone can see it! I think that helps everyone get good results and it’s a fantastic time.
The Harmon Tap Room at 204 St Helens in Tacoma is also wonderful. The staff is always singing along with the music and they are friendly and helpful and always make sure I eat before I leave and that my sound system is working perfectly. The food is totally comfort food and the place always smells like bread because they brew onsite!
And next month join me at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in South Center and will be painting Nile Sunrise.
I love getting mail, especially new art supplies! A good brush pen is hard to find, so when my friend posted one of her lovely drawings on Facebook and divulged her source I ordered a sampler. They arrived promptly from JetPens.com and they were not excessively packaged. One of them came with one ink refill, the other ones appear to be disposable. I’ve loved calligraphy since forth grade when I ordered a Scholastic calligraphy book that came with nib pens and started a small trend in our class. I only wish I spoke Mandarin and Japanese.
I love painting with watercolor, so I’m sharing with you the master painter’s list of watercolor supplies – beyond tempera paint. Its easy to paint beautifully with these art supplies. Tempera paint never mixes into water as beautifully as the sumi-e ink in the opening sequence of Marco Polo, for example.
So spare yourself the disadvantage of poor materials and pick up some Windsor and Newton watercolors and the other supplies on this list.
You can buy all of these Art Materials on Amazon. Listed in no particular order.
Tape the edges of your paper for a clean edge and your paper won’t slide around. Painters’ tape is better than masking tape, which will work if you must paint now.
I bought Bee Paper 100% Rag 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pack, 50 Sheets per Pack from Amazon and was pretty happy with it. I trust Fabriano brand – Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pad 300G 50 Shts- any thick quality watercolor paper will do.
Artist Quality Watercolor Paints
Cheap but Good Brushes
Loew-Cornell Brush Set Value Pack
Nylon brushes are the best ones, this pack has a variety that includes nylon as well. I buy cheap ones at Wal-Mart (the only thing I actually to Wal-Mart for, although I inevitably end up getting other things too :p).
Draw it first in your sketchbook and make sure your painting will be a success.
Canson Universal Sketch Paper Pad 5.5 x 8.5 “: 100 Sheets
Sakura 25-Piece Cray-Pas Junior Artist Assorted Color Oil Pastel Set
The drawing won’t disappear when you start painting, because these pastels resist watercolor. $5.29
I love Esther; everything she writes is wonderful. I always enjoy listening to the sound of her pleasant voice, when I want to feel better. I listen to her guided meditation as often as I listen to the ones from WalksWithin.com.
So I was really sure I would like this even before I read it. And it did not disappoint; it exceeded expectations and sent me immediately to a high flying disc. While silently reading next to my husband I would start laughing and the only way to get the joke is to read this book.
Wayne Dyer is a very intelligent and articulate person so his conversation with Esther is so interesting and she playfully and hilariously answers his question. I would love to hear the audiobook version of this conversational book.
My favorite part is when Esther tells the story of focusing upon blue glass, butterflies, and feathers and after a short time all of these things arriving into her experience just like Pam Grout talks about in E-Cubed. I would love to see so many butterflies and feathers as well!
I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
This magical book is right up my alley. It’s everything fun about magical thinking!
It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s full of silly and simple experiments … and following Pam Grout’s thoughts will put a smile on your face, and more. My favorite parts of this charming book are not the experiments (which are wonderful), but the anecdotes from people who did the experiments in E-Squared (the first book) and had heartwarming and incredible experiences. I could read those all day long!
The experiments are also effective – the proof is in the pudding. I see Nissan X-terras EVERYWHERE now, and think of Pam almost every-time. Why does a truck remind me of Pam? Read the book and find out!
One caveat- if you do an experiment and get no results, it’s very likely that you did not actually focus on the experiment like Pam requests. Try more meditation if you have trouble focusing.
This book is for people who like to have fun and feel happy! I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.