Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quirky Birds


So... our Spark lesson was to do one liners (a whole bunch!) and begin to expand on one of our favorites. These are some I've "expanded". The brown and gray bird is my favorite so far, using my Rembrandt sketch pastels in neutral tones. I haven't used those for some time and had forgotten how much I enjoy playing with them. 

The blue bird uses an Inktense block. I drew first, and then used my water brush. Not too happy with it so far, but it's all a process.  


And the sketched white bird on the black background is acrylic ink applied with the dropper. This was part of using mark making process... and it started getting me to loosen up. 

That is the whole idea... to loosen up and let go of your preconceived ideas of how a drawing should look... and just let it happen. I need to work on that a bit more. Which is one of the reasons I like taking classes with Carla Sonheim. She's fabulous at bringing the inner child who likes to draw out to play. :) 


Sharing today with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin. 


14 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Love you oneliner birdies ...
The class sounds so fun ...
Happy PPF!
xxx
Susi

Abigail Davidson said...

Lovely drawing exercise! I like how it's a mix of abstract and drawing. Happy PPF!

Valerie-Jael said...

LOVE those birds, wonderful! Valerie

Nicola McLean said...

I love these! They are so quirky and fun and i really like the concept of the class you're taking-it sounds like a great lesson for us all!

Giggles said...

LOVE them...this is the kind of art I like in my world...quirky, unique with a touch of whimsy!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them and can't wait to see more!!

Hugs Giggles

Mari Huertas said...

I admire that ability to synthesis, in the case of art. Saludos

GlorV1 said...

Hi Helen. I love that you continuously take lessons. Your birdies are awesome. Very nice job.:))

SLScheibe said...

Each look is wonderful and stylized and looks good on its own! What a great exercise to do. Super cute birdies :)

Linda Kunsman said...

great job with the bird drawings-love them!

Gillena Cox said...

these are all so cute

happy PPF

much love...

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Love your little birds! And a great way to loosen up!
:-)
Happy PPF
Ilona

minnemie said...

I love the look of one-liners...though I am terrible at doing them for I feel so compelled to add detail. Seeing yours make me marvel again in the striking beauty of simplicity... this inspires me! Thank you for sharing:-)

Tammie Dickerson said...

Charming and whimsical!! Happy PPF!

JKW said...

Everything we do or want to do takes practice, practice, etc. I love that you show us and aren't giving up. They are wonderful. Interesting white bird, would not have guessed how you did that. Thanks. Blessings, Janet PPF

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