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Initially Gouache, then Back to the Basics

February Challenge:  After the AMA with Ria, I decided that going back to the basics and focusing on sketching skills is not such a bad idea. I'm going to focus on pencil drawing for the February challenge. 

This is a busy season, so I'm also imposing the following restrictions on my art-making:

– draw quick, don’t get caught up in planning or perfecting. Keep the pencil moving. 

– draw repeatedly. I want to focus on quantity over quality. Maybe I’ll draw each prompt three ways, but only spend a couple minutes on each. 

– post regularly. I need accountability to keep up with the daily prompts.

February Challenge:  After the AMA with Ria, I decided that going back to the basics and focusing on sketching skills is not such a bad idea. I'm going to focus on pencil drawing for the February challenge. 

This is a busy season, so I'm also imposing the following restrictions on my art-making:

– draw quick, don’t get caught up in planning or perfecting. Keep the pencil moving. 

– draw repeatedly. I want to focus on quantity over quality. Maybe I’ll draw each prompt three ways, but only spend a couple minutes on each. 

– post regularly. I need accountability to keep up with the daily prompts.

Day 7 - Composition

Day 6 - Comfort

Day 5 - Shadow

Day 4 - Light

Day 3 - Music

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Day 2 - Place

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Day 1 - Roots

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Practice 1:  Warming Up

I started out playing around with color! I'm sure there's a super methodical, artist's way of doing this, but I just started mixing and creating swatches. It's kind of amazing how much color you can get from the 12 tubes of paint included in my set, but I still feel very uncertain about how to mix and create the specific shades I'm looking for, and how do I know what I'm looking for anyway!?

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I started playing around with some colors the other day, and the gouache was a bit difficult to control. When I did my first prompt (“farm”) I felt kind of frustrated and unable. I don't know about you all, but shame often shows up when I begin to create. Shame started saying maybe I should just do pencil sketches, maybe I don’t have enough of the basics down to tackle gouache! Inspiration replied…keep creating!

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The second day, I wasn't so inspired by my magic bowl prompt, and found myself browsing around on Pinterest. I took Ria's advice, and tried copying.

I came across this piece by designer Karla Pruitt on Pinterest.

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I made my own attempt at Karla Pruitt-style feathers, and it gave me the opportunity to play with the consistency of the paint and different brushes. Maybe “making” isn’t always about being original. Maybe part of it is recognizing and appreciating beauty when you find it.

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Practice 2:  

I went back to work this week after a three week break, and creative space has been a little more difficult to come by. Sometimes when the space is harder to come by, inspiration can feel even scarcer.

So I wasn’t too ambitious with my creating today. I found another fun design by Karla Pruitt and played around with similar floral patterns and colors. Sometimes its nice to just make something that is fairly forgiving – stray marks and imperfections welcome.

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Introduction 

Hello! I'm Jessie, and I've been thinking and talking about creativity a lot lately! I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "Big Magic" and am trying to incorporate more opportunities to express creatively in my daily/weekly routine.

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I'm a bit familiar with acrylic paint, but have been wanting to try out gouache lately. I got a set for Christmas, and decided to make this my focus medium for this class. 

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