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Monday, October 27, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "First Drawing for Sketchbook Skool"

After a hectic weekend and being up all night with a stomach ache, I took it easier today.  
I had planned on doing my first "Beginnings " lesson early in the day from Sketchbook Skool, but kept procrastinating with household jobs and trying to fix a problem with my computer.  
Finally after returning home at 6:15 from watching my grandson's soccer practice, I ate dinner and opened a gessoed notebook page and put down some watercolor paint.  I dried it with a heat gun then put down a layer of acrylic heavy-bodied paint.  But to my surprise it was transparent!  So after some sketching, I added more paint.  The first sketch was a little "sketchy", but I went over it with a darker pen. 
It is not really in good proportion but I like it anyway.  It wasn't as bad as I feared!  This is my New Balance sneaker.  
My sneakers are my most comfortable shoes and whenever I am at home or for flea markets and other casual long-days of walking I wear them.  (my orthotics and magnets fit into them!)

First layer over gessoed page.  The gesso made the rather thin paper very lumpy when it dried, but I like the texture.

In the next step we were to make a general outline of the object we were painting.  As you can see I made the end of the shoe shape going off the page.

Here is my final drawing after a second coat of ink with a bigger nib.
I used an 01 Sakura Pigma pen first then an 05
With all my lights on in the family room I also got some shadows in the picture!

I am posting this to Paint Party Friday, Facebook and Twitter.

OOPS!  There is more Below, My first page of journaling, and my desk top in my family room.

I have started to journal very amateurishly!  Yesterday my day got away from me as usual, not being in the habit of having what I need with me.  So I journaled it today, just drawing little pictures of things that caught my attention yesterday.  I went shopping at Costco for a new blender.  Then spent several hours with my daughter-in-law and my grandson, who is 6, at Goebberts Pumpkin Farm.  It had suddenly dropped in temperature and was extremely windy.  So we kept on the move to see the pumpkin eating dinosaur, the three tents with animals(chickens running free).  There were all sorts of exotic animals including the big cats that I especially love. Three baby tigers, and leopards and a couple of Linx.  There were various deer type animals & goats, pigs, a cow, ostrich, Alpaca, Parrots, etc.  Then we ran to the corn box, which is filled with shucked kernels, then to the maze that was inside a structure and the piled hay/straw made it seem warmer.  We hid from each other and ran in opposite directions for about 1/2 hour.  Then it was time to checkout and get some Kettle Corn!  On to dinner at Portillo's( for me) it was a chicken sandwich and onion rings.  I got home about 7 and fell asleep on the sofa!
The last questions that Danny asked about our feelings on the class at the end of the week and my answers.  You can probably figure out some of the questions.  

I feel better now that I am into it a little more.  I think it is a good idea to journal, because as has been said, we forget the minutia that is really what makes up our lives.  I really like that I don't have to be perfect in my drawings and can just put down my impressions.  What scares me is doing it on the spot in a public space.  !. I don't sit down in an area like that ever!  2.I always need some other supply.  Today at home I had pen, paper and watercolors, but decided to use my Derwent watercolor pencils and then wet everything afterward.  I would not normally have that.  I also needed the cardboard box the blender came in to draw a facsimile of it for my journal.  I needed some scissors too!  And paper towels.  And my camera!!!

Today I shopped for ingredients to make cornbread to eat tomorrow night with chili that my son is making.  We will have dinner together after my grandson goes trick or treating.  I measured all the ingredients out into bowls and cups.  Then I took a picture to use as my sketchbook journal page for today.  After the cornbread muffins and sticks were baked, I took a photo so you could see how delicious they look!






20 comments:

  1. I hope you feel better Gloria. Love this new style. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, Annette. And a Happy Birthday to you!

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  2. this looks terrific gloria. Don't feel pressured to do art everyday. Just get the basic homework done and THAT can be your "documenting your life" art that you work at until you catch up. I don't stress the homework. I do the stuff I know I'll learn from and modify if I don't think it will benefit me. Sometimes I do more, sometimes what I'm asked and sometimes less. Just do what YOU need to grow.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn, now thinking it is fun instead of a burden.

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  3. Ooh, I just signed up to that course too, but I haven't started any of the lessons yet...unfortunately I'll be traveling for work for the next five days so it will have to wait even longer. :(

    Happy PPF!

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    1. Your work is magnificent already! Thanks for your comment. looking forward to seeing you at school.

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  4. This is fantastic..you will love that ninja too...best blender ever!! Sounds like you had a busy fulfilling day! I have friends who have a little pouch of art supplies to take while waiting at the doctor or anywhere else. They use a pill bottle for the water. Eventually you'll feel more comfortable with it!! I don't like doing art in public or with anyone else around. It's a very quiet intimate process for me!! Thanks for sharing!! Loved it all! The sneaker is awesome!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Well, I just wrote a nice long reply and it disappeared?? Anyway thank you, I do love the Ninja, and I love being in a studio with other artists when I paint.

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  5. Gloria, that sneaker drawing is amazing, as well as the food drawing (milk, eggs, etc.) - such an interesting perspective. I hope you like Sketchbook Skool. I loved it. Changed some things for me about how (and where) I sketch/paint, as well as how I SEE. Those muffin sticks... oh my, they look delicious! xx

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    1. Hi Pauline. I feel encouraged that I am consistently thinking art again. I had about a one year black hole with no desire at all. I had been painting since the 80's and all of a sudden it was gone. Thank you so much for your comment.

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  6. your sketches are looking terrific Gloria! I like my new Balance sneaks too. Those muffin sticks would be so goo with the soup I'm making... happy PPF!

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    1. What is in the soup, Linda. Perfect weather for soup tonight! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Hope you are feeling better. Love the sketches.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. Yes, all better now.

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  8. How wonderful to do the art journalling - what a great way to grow as an artist! Happy PPF!

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    1. It is turning out to be fun. Thanks.

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  9. Your art & your cornbread all look yummy, Gloria!

    -Barb

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    1. Thank you, Barb. You are a fantastic artist yourself.

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  10. I love the journal page. . .it's in the telling and the pictures. Very creative. I will sometimes do photo's of my lunch or dinner. Blessings, Janet PPF

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