Friday, December 23, 2011

"Shiny and Bright Things"

($40.00.....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"The spirit of joy can stay after shiny and bright things are all tucked away." We don't need to have all of the decorations on display to continue enjoying a spirit of Christmas joy year round. But if you want the constant reminder, save out one or two of those shiny and bright ornaments to display year round.

The pouring medium came back to help give the gradation from distinct to indistinct imagery. This kind of hazy, gradated look is the perfect backdrop for lettering and flourishing. I chose a close up shot for the drama. Zooming in with your camera automatically creates a more dynamic image that can be seen across the room. If you haven't had time to take some shots of your Christmas decorations, try to do it before they come down. It will also provide you with many opportunities to draw and paint reflective surfaces.

As we begin to think about goals for the new year, I hope I can convince as many of you as possible to do your utmost to improve your skills of observation. Since I happen to be older than most of you, I've had opportunities to notice many things about how students learn or don't learn. I would place at the top of the list the need to improve this particular skill of observation. It begins primarily by comparing and contrasting things. If something doesn't look right (if it's not convincing) try to figure out why. Ask yourself questions. It takes very little to change a line in drawing or lettering so pay attention to the subtle differences in both areas. Join a group (i.e. "Sketch Austin" with Sharon Zeugin) or take a class that interests you to elevate your skill level.

That's my little motivational speech for the day. Hope it gives yet a few more things to try or think about!

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1 comment:

  1. I love this one. The upper flourish is a beautiful touch circling around the shiny ball.
    As always your thoughtful observations do give us much to try and think about. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!