Saturday, February 18, 2012


I think I mentioned a commission that I was working on and how it was going to help pay for my new watercolor set. I finished it 2 weeks ago and gave it to the client who seemed to love it (hoping that is true, because as an insecure creative type I often think people do not want to hurt my feelings, especially when they are a friend). I was asked to paint a picture of her new house. I was asked to do it before Christmas and the fear of starting a new project caused a great deal of procrastination (this is so typical of my creative life and why I get nothing done). I was given an extension to complete it by the end of February. Perspective and buildings are not my strong suit. As I have mentioned, drawing a straight line is just not in my "can do" column. So I cheated a little... Let's just leave it at that. Once I was able to get the house in, the tree caused another month of procrastination as the idea of messing up the tree and having to start over again terrified me. Anyway, it is done and waiting to be given as a gift by the purchaser. I do hope the recipient likes it. I know this person has refined tastes and wonder if he/she will like my style.

 I have to say I was pleased with the way it turned out. My favorite part of the painting is the dormer windows. 

I just ordered the new book The Art of Urban Sketching, which is due to arrive Monday. I've always loved the drawings on the blog Urban Sketchers, which is where the sketches from the book were originally made public, but was not going to purchase the book when I first learned about it. I decided just recently, while reading Lapin's blog, that it could be inspiring to try buildings again. His drawings of buildings and some of Tommy Kane's do not use straight lines and I love them so, there is some hope for me.

About a week ago I tried drawing a nearby church from my office window. Not the best drawing, but not the worst. I need to start drawing from life again. Drawing stuff from my head is okay, but it does not help improve my skills. And since the most difficult thing for me is perspective, that is probably a good thing to tackle.

Hoping to get some sewing done this long weekend, although it is close to 11:00 am in the morning and even though I have only been awake for less than 2 hours, I am ready to go back to bed. I better go make a cup of tea!

Baci e abbracci