Sunday, June 23, 2013

New books and new technique……….


This week I received two new/used books that I ordered through Amazon…… is “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory.  So many artists recommended and referred to this book on their blogs, I had to read it.   I was not disappointed.  I like his writing style and his drawing skills, just know this is not a how-to book…more a “you can do it book”.  Sometimes people just need a little encouragement and this would do it.



The second book, titled “ A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook” was written by Portland, Oregon artist Jude Siegel.  I haven’t read this but I have browsed and I’m looking forward to learning more about her color choices and sketching style.




All of this encouragement and great sketching has encouraged me to experiment a little.  I have these great Pilot Parallel pens that I bought for calligraphy but I’m trying to learn to draw using the wide edge and the thin edge of the nib.  Fun stuff happens!





There are two pens, each nib is a different width, and they hold a changeable ink reservoir so you have several choices of colors.


The drawing on the left is with the wider nib and so it makes a bolder, thicker line, where I used a thinner nib on the right and the changes of line width are more subtle.



The photo below is just drawing with a pen….no pencil allowed, that can get interesting.










In keeping with my new, freer style I did this………………….









It’s spring and it’s Sweet Pea Time!!!!















So, I’ll leave you with some Danny Gregory thoughts:  make time to practice drawing, painting, sewing, cooking, singing…whatever it is that you do that is creative…..JUST DO IT!

Why are athletes held in higher esteem than artists?  And he will introduce you to some of his interesting friends.











Unknown said...

Thank you for posting this and for posting your drawings!!! I am definitely encouraged and inspired to go pull that book out and play!!

elle said...


sharon said...

Lovely drawings.

Tam Hess said...

Wonderful! I love your experimenting with the different pen nibs. SO hard for me to experiment and not just make a finished piece, gangbusters from start to finish. One of my huge probs. You inspire me!! I especially like the sweet pea and the first loose sketch. Happy Sunday Sketches! Thanks for sharing your work :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Personally. I think you have that "nature" thing going already. And I love what you are doing with those nibs/pens. You draw SO well!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the clean lines of your sketches, and those sweet peas are gorgeous!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Just saw your comment on my tea blog post. I found these photos from several weeks ago. I forgot about them until I went looking for anything tea related. So, no, my camera problems are not solved. Had to laugh, though.

Dorthe said...

Your drawings are alwayes wonderful, and I love your Sweet Pea painting, -beautiful!!!

Halle said...

Your drawings are simply wonderful. Drawing strictly with a pen would be very scary. You have done so well!! I'm not sure any of my items would be very recognizable.

Dianne said...

those calligraphy pens are so fun to use aren't they? the thick/thin lines are beautiful...LOVE the sweet peas!! hmmm, maybe I need to do some shopping on Amazon....