Art Journal Prompt: Sensitive
Demonstrate this concept today on your page. Think about what it means and how it relates to you and those you know.
Artists, no people, by nature are sensitive. Words hurt and no matter how many times you say that you are sorry, the damage is already created. I am reminded of the father who had his son drive a nail into their fence every time he was angry and wanted to say mean things to people. This continued until one day the son told his father that he’d learned to control his temper.
The father was quite proud of his son and helped him to remove the nails. Then he pointed out the damage and ugly holes left by the nails, some of them marred by rust for the years that the nails had remained there. “Hurtful words are like these nails.” He told his son, “You can remove the nails but the holes remain in the fence forever.”
I am deeply sorry if I ever left a hole in your fence.
How I created my page:
First step – Border
Second step – Sketch. I sketched in my daughter at her work table using a ballpoint pen. Again reinforcing the idea that tools are not the important thing… art with what you have in your hands.
Third step – Hair. I used two shades of yellow in varying degrees of strength to paint in her hair. Notice that I left some areas white…. I wanted to work loosely.
Fourth step – Skin. I mixed pink with my hair color to create the skin tone and shaded with grays and tans.
Still working loosely.. not covering everything and just letting it.. be.
The vertical lines in the image showed up as I was adding the watercolor. Interesting texture though.
Fifth step – Tools. I added loose colors to the containers and tools. Notice the sketch is super loose too.
Sixth step – Background. Continuing the loose feel, I used several shades of green and blue to create the background.
Supplies Used Today:
A Word from Tee:
I worked in my 6x9 writing journal this weekend. There was a reason for me go back to this journal. The paper is super thin. I wanted to remind myself that the surface and tools are not as important as the art. Doing is what matters.. and having fun. So yesterday I did art for me… without prompts without thought of what it would look like or even whether or not I would share it with you. It was a wonderful and refreshing day. I’ll share most of what I did with you guys this week.
Some of what I tried my hand at was drawing models…. traditionally. that is to say.. nudes. I don’t have models and not sure where I’d find something like that here. However I was talking to a wonderful friend and artist about draping fabrics and things and drawing people in clothes. She said to me:
“Tee, you won’t be happy with the way you draw clothing on people until you are comfortable with how to draw the people underneath the clothes.“
Then she gave me a link to reference photos of models. So I tried my hand at drawing figures this weekend as well and I was surprised and pleased with the results. I am not offended by this learning exercise but I don’t think my blog is the best place to share these drawings. If you still want to see them, I’ll create a page for them on the website.