Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Daily Doodle: Week 3

The font is acting up at this time, so please forgive the weird random sizes and strange spacing if it shows up on your computer, too.  I've tried to correct it about six times, but it keeps doing odd stuff...and gets worse each time I save the changes!

homespun by laura paint my vacation sketch shakespeare garden central park new york city nyc watercolor fence with flowers
I'm really excited to share this week's Doodles.  There are 9 in all; the first 8 were all done in preparation for the final Doodle of the week. It's the biggest watercolor (both in size and in detail) I've ever done.  In fact, the only time I've ever painted anything larger was this 2'x3' acrylic on plywood painting I did for our backyard a couple years ago.

One of the problems I've encountered already in my Doodle project is that I'll sit down to do a Doodle...and my mind goes blank and I can't think of a single thing to draw.  So I started a list of things to draw or paint - some quite simple, some more involved.  As I worked on my list, it occurred to me that I have a ton of photos of pretty sites taken on vacations, so I looked through some of my scrapbooks and pulled out a small stack of photos I thought would be fun (and challenging!) to paint or draw over the next year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Daily Doodle: Week 2

homespun by laura daily doodle flamingo watercolor
I'm sitting here listening to a David Bowie record (yes, an actual record, complete with the sound of the needle scratching against it!) on the new record player I got for Christmas.  I finally set it up over the weekend and we've been listening to records ever since.  We have a small but cool selection, all collected from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets, and it's been a fun way to work for the past few days.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Daily Doodle: Week 1

homespun by laura daily doodle ladybug colored pencil sketch sketchbook
One of my goals for 2016 is to do some kind of art every day.  Anything that will help me to improve my artistic skills (as I haven't drawn on a regular basis since middle school) is fair game:  the Daily Doodle can be as simple as a quick 10-minute sketch or as involved as a full watercolor painting that takes two hours, or anything in between.

I technically have already failed at this goal, having missed a couple of days (a few of which I have already 'made up'), but I'm not worried about that.  I have plenty of time to catch up and finish out the year with 366 drawings (this is a leap year!)