Sketchbook Corner: End of Summer Haul

It’s been ages since I did one of these.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what to do with my art–especially my paintings.  In the last Sketchbook Corner, I mused on the possibility of selling my work at the small store attached to my family’s apple orchard.  Since then, I’ve decided not to sell my work.  I make art because I love it.  And I love to give it away.  Since I began painting a year ago, one of my favorite things aside from the joy of creation is to give a piece os my art to someone who will appreciate it.  Countless bookmarks and little landscapes have found their ways into the hands of people I care about.  The delight on their faces when they look at my work is more valuable than any money I’d make by selling.

Lately, I’ve been revisiting colored pencils.  I’ve avoided them for years, but picked up a set of new ones on a whim.  So far, I’ve been happy with them.  They are less time-consuming than watercolors and there are more color blending options.  Check out my usual batch of ladies and mermaids:

I’ve been doing my best to pick up my paints at least once a week.  I’ve been working on (more) ladies…

… as well as some nature.

I like doing Sketchbook Corners, but they’ve become infrequent.  Which is sad.  If you’re reading this, I am in need of feedback…

Would you prefer art posts that are large and substantial, but infrequent OR more frequent, small posts?  Please let me know!  Your feedback is appreciated!

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One of my favorite features here on Keep Your Feet is Sketchbook Corner.  Since I’m participating in Blogging 101, I feel like I should explain the history of these posts.  They began sometime last fall during school.  Unless the class is completely gripping, I usually find myself needing to do something to do with my hands.  I took up doodling in the margins.  Eventually, I was struck by a thought: Why not share these on the blog?

Thus, Sketchbook Corner was born.  Every couple of months, I like to share the art I’ve been working on.  I’m no studio art major… just a self-taught artist who enjoys creating things.  My primary medium has always been pencils–I’ve been drawing for over ten years.  Over the past year, though, I’ve expanded into watercolors!

At least once a week, I put in a movie and settle down with my paints.  It’s a wonderful way to relax after a long day of work.  I enter my own little world and, for a while, time stops.  I’m always completely shocked when an episode of a show ends–did an hour really just pass?

Enough rambling from me… here is the art!

I’ve recently taken up colored pencils again and have been revisiting some old doodles in my sketchbook.  Here are some colored ones below:

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Top left: Ginny Weasley Bottom left: Random mermaid Right: Some of my original characters

I really enjoy painting bookmarks–they’re functional and make for great gifts!  Normally I paint people, but have recently pushed myself into the realm of flowers.  My dad told me that if I can find a way to market them, I could make larger flower paintings and sell them at our family’s apple orchard store in the fall!

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Other paintings… Be sure to click into the gallery to see my comments about them!

Stay tuned for another Sketchbook Corner in a month or so.  Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these.  I’m proud to present more of my art!

I’ve been sketching more than usual lately.  Here are some snippets:

See the uncolored Cinderella sketch in the above gallery?  I transposed it to watercolor paper and here is the result.  I wish I had been more bold with some of the colors, but it’s a start!

IMG_4259Also, I’ve been continuing making bookmarks.  Just as I did with the Cinderella painting, I take doodles from my class notes, copy them on narrowly cut watercolor paper, and paint them in.  I love creating art that’s actually useful.  These sure brighten up my assigned reading.

Finally, this is a project I’ve spent this week working on.  We just finished reading and discussing Tennyson’s Idylls of the King in my Courtly Love class.  At the end of the poem, Camelot ultimately falls because of Guinevere’s infidelity with Lancelot.  This painting is one of the few instances where I consciously construct the image.  I put a lot of thought into her pose and color scheme.  The text is a quote from the end of Tennyson’s fantastic poem.

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Welcome to another edition of Sketchbook Corner, a feature where I share various doodles and artwork I’ve been creating.

Click the images to enter the galleries for a closer look at the art, as well as descriptions and comments.

Watercolors:

Sketchbook:

 Class Doodles:IMG_3398-0With finals hanging over our heads, my tendency to doodle in class has curbed a bit.  I spend most of class these days scribbling down as many notes as possible to help with final papers and tests.

That’s all for this edition of Sketchbook Corner!  Keep your eyes peeled for next time, which will probably be in a few weeks.

Previous edition:

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(All sketches, doodles, and artwork belong to me.  Do not take and repost without permission.)

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It’s been a few weeks, so time for another edition of Sketchbook Corner!

Class Doodles:

IMG_3299Because I have the tendency to draw pretty girls with pretty hair in the margins of my notebooks when professors are lecturing.

Sketchbook drawings:

I need to do something with my hands when sitting around for extended periods of time, such as while watching movies or sitting around with friends.  I’ve been re-watching The Office, so there’s some Jim & Pam (also known as one of the greatest t.v. romances of all time), as well as more pretty ladies with pretty hair.  (Can you sense a theme?)

Watercolors:

This past week, I was given a new set of paintbrushes!  I haven’t had the chance to use them yet, but I’m looking forward to giving them a shot.  As you can see, I’ve been experimenting with landscapes and hope to be expanding my horizons in that area in the future.

That concludes this edition of Sketchbook Corner!  I post one of these features every few weeks.  As soon as I have enough doodles and sketches to make a post, I do so.  The feature is still a work in progress, so bear with me as I find a style that fits.

Do check out the other installations:

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(All art posted in this feature belongs to me, DO NOT USE ON OTHER SITES WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.)

 

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I bring you another edition of my Sketchbook Corner, this time with some doodles from class notebooks and some watercolor paintings I’ve been working on.  The paintings were both done on the same night, a particularly lonely Friday where I found myself in a creative frenzy, supplemented by a BBC miniseries.

Before now, watercolor was an uncharted artistic medium.  I’ve loved getting the hang of it!  At the moment, I’m a bit limited in what I can explore because I only have one small paintbrush.  More brushes (and paint, for that matter) is on my Christmas list.

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I’ve decided to make a weekly project of putting up art once a week.  Mainly, they’ll be photos from class doodles, my sketchbook, and (if I’m feeling especially creative) a painting (digital or watercolor).  I’ll try to put up one every week or so, and call them Sketchbook Corner!

Here’s this week’s collection!  Enjoy!