Thursday, January 20, 2011

Double Your Pleasure?

Two, two, two posts in one (week, that is.)! Okay, so maybe that's a bad take-off on the DoubleMint gum commercial from way back, but that's what popped into my head, so your stuck with it. (no pun intended... gum? stuck? got it?) I hadn't planned to post every week, let alone twice in one week, but I've been inspired by a couple of bloggers, Peggy Stermer-Cox for one, that I'm going to try for once a week from now on. It's all part of my plan to live the "artist's life".

So what has Peggy written about that inspired me? Well, I've been following her blog for a while and I'm always intrigued by "Blind Contour Friday" drawings. I haven't done those in years - not since high school, and that was a life-time ago! I've been itching to try it again and yesterday I finally sat down and did my first one. Fun, fun, fun! I'll be posting it tomorrow - on Friday.

I also was intrigued by her post "It Starts With Five Minutes", where she takes 5 minutes to do a quick sketch. I had promised myself to start doing a pencil sketch every day this year and here it was the 19th of January and I'd only done one! After reading her posting, I said, "I've got 5 minutes! I can certainly do something in five minutes and not get bogged down in it..." Of course, by the time I actually sat down and did my sketch, I couldn't remember the time limit and thought it was 15! So my first sketch I worked on for 15 minutes, not 5. Oh well, my bad... I figured I better include a photo of the goofy thing I was sketching. I don't know exactly what it is. I bought it in an antique store. I'm a sucker for hand-carved anything! I use it to hold a couple pens or pencils because that's all it can hold. It's about the size of a hand grenade. The photo is actually taken from a better perspective than the angle I was viewing it, but you get the idea.

I haven't done my 5 minute sketch yet today because I'm going to do it when I go over to friends' house to check on their cat - they're out of town. Depending on whether Trouble graces me with her presence today while I'm there, I may (I hope, I hope, I hope!) start a sketchbook dedicated to just her.

1 comment:

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Oh my! Thank you Lois! I am most impressed by your five minute drawing! What focus! I look forward to seeing your blind contour drawing for tomorrow; it's kind of fun, isn't it?