“The wheel turns and returns” -Juliet Marillier
Hold fast friends.
I bought adobe photoshop, and ive been taking my art and mixing it with more of my art. The results are so much fun. Take a look at two of them:
So far the big downside is that I don’t have a fancy pen and tablet to draw directly in the program, but I’m trying to figure out how to fix that. I had the opportunity to try one out at Comic Con this weekend, and now I’m in lust.
Take care, everyone
I doodle as a relaxation method. And, it works! Science says you can get a lot of benefit out of it even if you think you’re no good. And we all know science doesn’t ever steer us wrong right? Besides, this is an excuse to play with colors and not have to be productive for a few minutes. In other words, its like playing solitare with byproducts.
I’ve been working my way through John Muir Laws’ The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, and it is an excellent book. He puts a strong emphasis on learning how to observe while teaching the underlying ideas of how to put a nature journal together. I loved so many of his ideas. The downside? benefit? of this book is that it is too large to take to the field. On one hand, that’s very good because it forces me to focus on what is actually there. On the other? Sometimes I’d like to just take the book with me and doodle on site from the book. It particularly touches my heart because he has written extensively about the Sierra Nevada wilderness, which is where I’m from. It makes me just a touch homesick. You can find his blog here. I would definitely recommend you’d buy this book in physical form. A tablet or kindle would have difficulty with the layout, and you’d lose the full effect.
First halfway successful waves painting. Watercolor, 11 x 15″ paper. Inspiration from Laws’ Book.
The bucket thing seems a little weird at first, but it’s a thing my therapist introduced me to. Basically, too often we try to leap in and help other people. We’re leaping into their bucket of experience. We try to fix them the way we think they should be. At least, I do. The bucket analogy is a reminder that we all have our own stuff going on. We can’t rush in and try to save other people all the time, no matter how dear they are to us. Besides, my bucket is certainly not clear enough for me to know where I’m going, let alone anyone else.