Saturday, February 2, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Day 33


Friday, February 1, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Day 32


No Day Without a Line: Best of January

I've been taking a look today at all of my artwork from January. I still can't believe that I created 31 original works of art in 31 days. 

Here are the top five pieces of art for January based on viewer response on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and this website (I made a fancy-pants spreadsheet to calculate the data). It was fantastic seeing which images y'all were drawn to!

1. "Ghosts of Summers Past" (Day 21) - This is the piece that got the most attention in January, and I can understand why. It's got such a variety of shapes, colors and textures. Plus it's pretty darn nice to look at art that reminds you of warm days on the beach when it's cold and dreary outside!

2. "Sycamore" (Day 14) - I did lots of paintings of tree limbs against the sky in January (six of them!) It's a subject that I love to paint. I usually depict scenes like this using oil paints, so trying to use watercolors instead was a real challenge. I look forward to creating more of these landscapes throughout the year, in different seasons.

3. "Meta" (Day 26) - This was my personal favorite of the month, and I'm so glad everyone else really liked it too! It was so much fun painting the palette in this piece, getting to use a variety of colors and brush strokes.

4. Ornamental (Day 19) - I think this was one of my best pieces this month, mostly because I was drawing something that comes really naturally to me. Some people are great at figure drawing or portraiture or landscapes. My talent is for depicting flowers and leaves, fruits and vegetables.

5. "Joy" (Day 22) - I'm excited this one made it into the top five this month, because it makes me happy every time I look at it.

And here are a few thoughts on how the month went...

1. Why in the world did I decided to start this series in the winter when it's so darn hard for me to find inspiration? In the spring there are flowers everywhere, in the summer there's gorgeous produce from farmer's markets, and in the fall there are apples and pumpkins and colorful leaves. But the winter is so cold and gray.

2. Creating art is really, really hard when you're sick with a fever. But I managed to do it (hooray!) I'm interested to see what other challenges this year will throw my way, and find ways to keep this series going no matter what.

3. My favorite drawings aren't necessarily your favorite drawings. It was fascinating seeing who liked which images in January. For example, my husband adores all of my tree and sky pictures (even though I prefer my produce drawings).

4. This project is turning out to be bigger than I had originally expected. I've already had folks asking about buying prints of January's art, and others suggesting I have a solo art show at the end of the year, and publish a book called "No Day Without a Line." All of these things are in the works, and I couldn't possibly be more excited about them!

5. I couldn't have made it this far without your support. Every single "like" and comment means more to me than you could possibly imagine! Thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement.

I hope everyone had as a great a of a month in January as I did. And I'm excited to see where February will take me and my art...stay tuned to find out!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Day 31


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Day 30


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Day 29


Monday, January 28, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Day 28


Sunday, January 27, 2013

No Day Without a Line: Week 4 Review

Week four is done...I'm a few days away from being finished with my first month of this project. Flipping through the pages of my portfolio, seeing my ever-growing collection of 4" x 6" illustrations. has filled me with happiness and pride and the wonder of endless possibilities for the remainder of this art series.

"Ghosts of Summers Past" (Day 21) - It's been frigidly cold this week. It was delightful to paint these shells which I've collected on various summer vacations, and think about sun and sand and warmth for a while.

"Joy" (Day 22) - Joy is building endless towers of wooden blocks for my son to knock down with extreme enthusiasm. Joy is playing with old-fashioned toys without flashing lights and a cacophony of sounds. Joy is spending my days loving my beautiful little boy.

"Visual Pleasures" (Day 23) - The beautiful folds of a piece of fabric, the voluptuous forms of ripe pears, a chipped bowl in earthy tones...a feast for the eyes.

"Like Mother, Like Son" (Day 24) - There are many ways my son takes after me...he loves carrots, thinks singing is magical, adores painting, and frequently rocks black converse.

"Objects" (Day 25) - I saw these giant plastic chains for sale in my local Target...they were described as "decorative objects." I love their chunky boldness, their bright colors, but I would never spend money on them (not while I still have student loans to pay off, and retirement to save for, and numerous charities that I wish I could give more to.) Still, I snapped a picture, knowing that I'd love to paint them.

"Meta" (Day 26) - It was extremely entertaining painting this piece...there was something strangely amusing about altering the subject of the illustration (my watercolor palette) in the process of creating art.

"Cold Moon" (Day 27) - The full moon in January is know as the "Cold Moon," (a completely appropriate title). It was beautiful last night, a bright ball of cool light illuminating the barren winter landscape.

I've grown to look forward to the hour (or two or three) spent with my pens and paints each evening, almost as much as I look forward to seeing your comments on and responses to my art. I'm excited to see what Week 5 will bring!

No Day Without a Line: Day 27


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