CALLIGRAPHIC DESIGNS OF CALIFORNIA BROWN PELICANS are created from my own photographs taken in San Diego. I enlarged the photos and used a light box to lightly trace the pelican’s rough details and then filled in the pelican with calligraphic “gestures”. These photos were taken on my art studio table.
SHARKS, WHALES & OTHER SEA CREATURES – SUMI INK SKETCHES – Sometimes an artist is asked “How do I find inspiration to paint?” My first answer is to have a dedicated sacred space to paint and my second answer is to carefully cultivate your inspiration. Recently I have been painting horses and went to the library to see if they had any horse photo books to inspire my art. (They didn’t.) While I was browsing I spotted this book “Draw 50 Sharks, Whales & Other Sea Creatures” by Lee J. Ames with Warren Budd. I thought the book was fun and set a goal to do paintings of all the sea creatures in the book that I liked. The due date of the library book was my deadline and of course, I waited to start 4 days before the due date! I spent about 7 hours over a 3-day period creating these sketches using Japanese brush painting and Sumi ink. Then I took my Zig calligraphy pen and Micron pen and wrote the marine name and the length of it on the sketches. I now have a sort of reference chart for any of this marine life I might want to paint and I created a “muscle memory” of painting these creatures because of this project. Note: I used to do this when I couldn’t afford to buy a book and really wanted to keep the subject. Oh, and my final advice to any artist is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Creating a project like this does just that. Just paint.
ODE TO SUMMER 2013 – After Labor Day the tourists go home, the weather gets a bit cooler and the beach belongs to the locals again. Even the seals, sea lions, pelicans and cormorants seem to know that the beach is safe to spend more time there. Lovely, just lovely to live by the sea.
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