Recently, at the grocery store, I saw sunflowers for sale. Bought a bouquet of three. It had been awhile since I drew flowers. When lacking inspiration, setting up a still life can be a simple way to jumpstart the creative juices. Here are two sketches, of two different sunflowers. Both drawn freehand on my iPad Pro, using the Sketch Club app, Apple Pencil between my fingers. As a reminder, "drawn freehand" means no image load involved.
I recently visited the Dallas Museum of Art to see their temporary exhibit of gowns by the house of Dior. The exhibit includes Dior himself, and the designers who followed him. You have to buy a ticket ahead of time, and they are timed tickets. You have 45 minutes to see the exhibit, then you must clear out for the next group. If you miss your time, oh, well! I picked a few gowns out of the many to sketch. These were, by necessity, done very quickly. I wish I had more time, but, on, such fun!
All drawn freehand on my iPad Pro, using the Sketch Club app.
Four very quick sketches, done on four different visits. It's interesting to me to see the varying approaches. All three drawn freehand. The first on an iPad 2, the second and third on an iPad Air 2, and the fourth, the most recent, on an iPad Pro. It's intriguing to me that my favorite is the one I did first, 8 years ago. Perhaps I should have stopped while I was ahead!
As of this writing, Rick Niece, the unlikely Muse, has posted 1657 selfies on the Sktchy app for IOS. (see http://get.sktchy.com). And, as of this writing, many different artists have posted 2418 artworks inspired by his photos. A staggering number! Here are 5 of mine, all drawn freehand on iPad Pro, Apple Pencil between my fingers. What does drawn freehand mean? No image load. No Photoshop. Just drawing on a blank screen, filling it up with my scribbles. For more info on Rick, see https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/arts/inspirational-face-491957901.html -- and, if you are on Facebook, here is a post for the art festival Proutopia 2018 -- https://www.facebook.com/deb.dacci/posts/2362174300466018
Rick and his coffee
Rick and Hank the Tank
Rick in Sunglasses
Rick in Prayer
Here are a few sketches, using different palettes
A garnet-inspired palette for a portrait of a dog is somewhat counter-intuitive, but I believe it worked out with this piece, "Portrat of Babka." As always, drawn freehand on my iPad Pro, using the Sketch Club app.
I experimented with the garnet palette in this portrait of my husband, watching TV. This sketch from life. Drawn freehand on my iPad Pro using the Sketch Club app.
And, again from life, here a palette of mostly blues. Drawn freehand on my iPad Pro, using the Sketch Club app.
Here, a palette of mostly browns. Again from life. Drawn freehand on my iPad Pro.
Limited palette can bring a sense of unity to a piece, and is a nice challenge for the artist as well.
I have a habit when I visit art museums of picking one or two artworks to sketch while I am there. You learn so much by copying the Old (and not so old) Masters. By necessity, each of these were drawn within less than an hour. At a certain point, my back and feet just can't handle standing any more. All these were drawn freehand on iPad, using the Sketch Club app.
Based on a terra cotta bust of Isabella d'Este by Gian Cristoforo Romanov (1465-1512) at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX,
Based on the painting "Marsh Mallows" by British Impressionist artist Laura Knight (1887-1970)
Based on a statue of a Standing Bodhsattva at the Kimbell Art Musuem.
Based on a sculpted self portrait, by Marion Koogler McNay, at the McNay Museum in San Antonio.
A quick 10-minute sketch of a plaster cast.
Based on the statue of an Angel by Michelangelo in the Basilica of San Domenico in Bologna Italy.
Based on a 6-foot tall ancient Greek bronze at an exhibit in Florence, Italy. Very few of those ancient bronzes survive. Most were melted down to make armaments, doors, things of that nature. Breaks our hearts today, but people tend to be pragmatic at the time. It's only later that we realize what has been lost.
I do enjoy walking with the dog, stopping to take pictures along the way. Here are three recent sunflower photos. And, a quote: "Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower." Vera Nazarian
Rain lily between sunflower petals
All these shots taken with my iPhone 7 Plus and edited in multiple apps. I take photos on my walks with my dog, and I like to go off the beaten path.
(They look like umbrellas, don't they!"
The wildflower known as Mexican Hat
Dew on Lamb's Ear
Just for fun
Sometimes, art just needs to be fun!
(As always, I drew these freehand on my iPad Pro using the Sketch Club app)
Blue Dog is based on the painting The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, 1770. It was once the most famous painting in the Western world, and I remember my grandmother had a reproduction of it, alongside a reproduction of the painting Pinkie, by Sarah Barrett Moulton. Now, they are out of fashion, as happens with artworks, but who knows, they might come back around. (Just like torn jeans came back.)
Dog in a Blue Suit
Although I will work from photos, I so enjoy working from life. The freshness and spontaneity, the connection with the subject, provide such delight. Here are a few recent works from life. All drawing freehand on my iPad Pro, Apple Pencil between my fingers, using the Sketch Club app, one of the underrated art apps, and one I truly like. Here are a few recent sketches, from life.