over the past year, i have spent a lot of time doing this, so my interest in art journaling and learning the discipline of drawing came at the right time. or maybe this is why it showed up- hard to tell-
regardless, i am able to stay creative and practice drawing on the road. this is what i pack in my computer bag on trips- i've (finally!) managed to scale things down to a manageable few items. i may still be overboard on pens :).
this is something i picked up in an online class from another student. i use an old book (given to me by a friend- it was her grandmother's swedish/english dictionary) and section a spread into quarters; easy to finish a small sketch in a short amount of time.
this is me set up in the airport in Houston waiting on the flight home.
and the finished spread- last square done on the flight home, which led to learning about the best art supply store in Houston & neighborhoods to check out next time i'm there.
i'm thinking about this because last weekend was Boise Open Studios weekend. 49 local artists invited the public into our studios. i love participating because it gives me a chance to talk to people about my art and i inevitably learn something. people were very interested in my journals- so much so that i set up a separate table for them on Sunday.
in the process of talking with visitors and explaining what's going on in my studio, which has a string of animal photos i have taken hanging about my work table, i realized that i have wanted to learn to draw for a while.
i thought about doing a series of paintings from my photos of wildlife a while ago. i didn't want to grid everything out like i have in the past to be able to go larger than a tracing allows. for the first time, i am working things out in a book before putting them on a canvas.
it's fascinating how things build and come together and how the threads become apparent sometimes much later. these pieces will have the animal's symbolic meaning written in the background. probably not legible, but informing the finished piece.
i'm excited to see what else comes from this, and grateful for all of the things that headed me in this direction.