I'd had an iPad a long time and never used it much until my friend Tamara told me about the free app Paper 53, a sketching app with multiple tools and colors. This has now become a daily toy for me. I do a 5-10 minute sketch every morning as part of my morning routine.
I also carry the iPad with me often now as it's a great thing to play with while I'm waiting for an appointment. The shoe was done while I waited for my sister who was shopping in a clothing store. They had an easy chair off to the side and I had a lot of fun sketching.
I've long wanted to be better at sketching and this is a great way to practice as the tools have limitations and don't lend themselves to fine detail or persnickety fiddling. It's really helping me loosen up my hand.
A Happy Return to Collaging
Before I had a studio, I had no real place to do art work in my home so I mostly did collage, sometimes with a painted background. I'd learned about combining paint and collage from an artist friend, Linda Sawaya, who offered classes in this. I didn't take the painting part very far, but I loved placing the collages on a vivid background, often with done with metallic acrylic paints.
Last week I signed up for one of Mary Garvey's wonderful reflective art workshops. We did a lot of thinking, a lot of writing and then we painted and collaged over the top of our thoughts. Our workshop was on the influence of the moon and I did this diptych collage. In making it, I realized how much I've missed the wonderful mysteries that emerge when I do this kind of creative work.
Understanding Odilon Redon
The first time I spent any time in Paris (1966), I came upon the paintings of Odilon Redon (1840-1916). He's known for two kinds of paintings: symbolist works with deeply Catholic overtones and an amazing series of floral bouquets, some in pastel and some in oil. It was the florals that won my heart and one of my favorite calendars from the 1970s had beautiful reproductions of them.
I found those reproductions when I was cleaning out my studio and decided to play with them and see if I could understand what he did that has always so moved me. I don't know that I'm any closer to that understanding but I really enjoy working with them. This is the first one I finished.
One more Paper 53 sketch done this morning.
Intention:Making art every day in gratitude for the colors of life Mission: Establishing creative self-expression as a key ingredient for recovery Motto: Make art and heal the heart
Frannie has recently been promoted to CFO (cat financial officer) and has taken up her position behind my desk so she can peer over my shoulder as I work.
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