Friday, January 25, 2013

This and That . . . (sketches, freebies and a winner)

I finally had a chance to do two things I've been wanting to do for a while: have a artist's date devoted to sketching and start on Alisa Burke's Sketchbook Delight, Part 2 class, which I purchased quite a while ago. So far, the class is focusing on everyday objects and trying to capture them in a somewhat realistic manner.
It's fairly difficult, but I'm enjoying it! 
I also just received two styluses to use with the Paper 53 app for the ipad and purchased the enhanced creativity pack.  This has given me the opportunity to create digital water color pictures.   I'm facing a pretty steep learning curve with the app, but I'm willing to share my first attempt - a picture of our cat, J.J.
I admit it's pretty goofy, but I'm posting it so that later I can see how far I've come.   If you want to see some fantastic Paper 53 drawings, check out this post on Alisa Burke's blog. It's definitely something to aspire to.  These projects are part of my 2013 intention to finish some existing classes and projects.  Anyone else knocking some things off your to do list?
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There's a couple of other interesting FREE things I wanted to bring to everyone's attention:
Strathmore Paper just announced their line up of free 2013 Classes.  I took a few in 2012, with mixed results, but they're free!  You can sign up at this link.
If you've been enjoying my "dry" art journal pages, check out Kelly Kilmer's blog (here).  She shares a lot of information about doing this type of collage. 
If you're looking for some art journal inspiration, check out this free workshop (21 prompts on the topic of "get lost") offered by Artsyville.
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Finally, I've been remiss in announcing the winner from my 2013 Blog Plan and Give-Away post.  The winner is Carolyn of the Mess, Muddle and Fun blog. I am looking forward to creating a custom package to send her.  Thanks to everyone who commented and gave me feedback on my blog. It seems like eclectic diversity is what you all want; so that's what you'll keep seeing! 

11 comments:

Karen said...

I really like the shading and colours you have on used on JJ I think you are making a pretty good job with that app already

Anne said...

Great post, such a good idea so you can look back on your progress ! x

Carolyn Phillips said...

Wow, how exciting. I'd forgotten I was entered in a draw.

Love the pics, esp the cat pic. You may think it is goofy, but it captures something, there is more than just a cat, there is character as well.

Jimjams said...

Your blog is always such an interesting read Rinda - such variety in your creativity. I love the cat picture :-)
Thanks for the links top classes - will have a look when I've finished my de-cluttering.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I love the coffee cup and JJ.

JJ has emotion to him & depth.

Karen said...

I like the sketches very much, and hope to finally get my sketch book out next week. I'm finding it hard to get to all the things I want to do each week, but making good progress on some things!

Alison said...

I'm very impressed with what you've achieved with the Ipad app!
Alison xx

Lynn Cohen said...

I love your kitty? I'm having fun drawing on the paper app too. I think you may have told me about it, thanks!

Jo Murray said...

You can't do too much drawing I reckon. Good luck with your class. ...and congrats to Carolyn.

~*~Patty S said...

Your creativity certainly IS on fire Rinda!
I had lots to catch up on and enjoy this morning.
Congrats to Carolyn on being your lucky winner too.
oxo

Gail said...

Wow, I'm really impressed with what you've done with that app.