Friday, January 13, 2012
Sometimes I drive myself crazy trying to find myself. Ever do that? I've been creating for as long as I can remember. I started out in clay...actually, I started out by making wreaths and decorating glass balls for Christmas. But, as an "artist", I began in clay. Way back in 2004 I started by making mushrooms. I still make them, although not as often. That is another blog all together. I then bridged off into jewelry design, which I still do. It is a good bread and butter item for me at shows. After that I experimented with watercolor paints, but will admit that I lacked the drive to perfect what I was doing. I delved into digital art, which I love, and still use. However, my true love has always been drawing. I love to draw, and always have. So, a few years back I bought myself a nice set of Derwent pencils. Loved it! But, I stopped there. If I wanted color, I painted digitally. I know some people think digital painting is not "real painting". I'm not here to argue anyone's beliefs. All I have to say is, don't judge a book by the cover. It is hard, HARD! Anyway, I will get into debates about this at another time. Actually, the purpose of this blog is to say, at last! I think I may have found an art form that really speaks to me and gives me the best of both worlds (drawing & color). I bought myself a nice set of fountain pens and a set of Windsor & Newton Inks to go with a set of Derwent watercolor pencils my parents gave me for Christmas. The other day I sat down and began to use the inks and pencils. Let me tell you. I have never been so motivated! I felt myself immerse into an orgasm of creativity. Yes, I am using the big O here-LOL! Fellow artists will know exactly what I am talking about when that happens. It is an extraordinary feeling. An AH HA moment. First, I have always loved the idea of using inks. It just screams of another time to me. I have a beautiful old ink well I purchased years ago, and always imagined who might have used it...the letters that may have come out of it, or perhaps the drawings ;). I've only begun the journey into inks, and watercolor pencils, but I feel it is a relationship that will last a life time. Below are two images. Both are available in my etsy store. The first is called, Where balloons go. I imagine there are children up in heaven just waiting to catch all those lost balloons. The second image is from a series of holiday illustrations I just finished up. Originally, I scanned the original drawing and painted them digitally. This is the pencil original redone in ink and watercolor.