This will be my third year of participating in the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. I signed up immediately and really could have got cracking with filling its pages as soon as I had completed the previous (zombie themed) sketchbook in December. However, I have been procrastinating or so very many months. Partly this was because I was percolating and contemplating several possibilities for my chosen theme and subject but mostly it was because I was crippled once more by that loud inner critic of mine insisting my doodlings are not good enough to be on the shelves of the Art Library – which is ridiculous since two of my sketchbooks are already there. So I gave myself a stern talking to and a wee bit of a pep talk, arrived at a final decision regarding my subject matter, drafted a plan for each page, and I am making a start.
I have opted to work under the umbrella theme “Scenes from a Story” and my subject will be fairytale characters. I will be drawing in my usual style with line work in black ink but this year i have rebound my sketchbook to include Canson Mixed Media paper so that I can add a splash of colour to each illustration using liquid media. I will be sharing my progress over on my more specific art blog and also on Instagram.
I recently registered to participate in the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. This will be my first time of participating it and I am eager to embark on a new challenge. My sketchbook has arrived so now I just need to get drawing. I will be blogging about my drawings as I complete each page but will be doing so over on my art blog, Pict Ink. I will also be sharing the completed illustrations on Instagram. Yes, I finally set up an Instagram account. I am excited to have a totally new art challenge and hope you will hop over to my other blog to follow along.
I am going to be having a completely and utterly busy July. As such, I have decided to take a month long break from blogging on Pict in PA. However, all the activity that shall be keeping me busy will mean I have a cornucopia of blog fodder when I resume posting. In addition to some summer adventures and explorations, I am going to be working with my kids on a History of Art project. You can, therefore, brace yourself for lots of posts in August.
I am going to keep blogging on my art blog, Pict Ink, for a wee bit longer but will then also have a brief break from blogging there too.
I am also going to grab this opportunity to thank all of my readers and followers (over 300 of you, which is staggering to me) for visiting my blog, liking and commenting. Interaction with all of you – whether through comments here or through visiting your blogs – keeps me motivated and engaged in blogging. Thank you!
I am participating in a new art challenge. It is called the 100 Artworks Challenge (which I learned about from Papercraftography) and it involves creating 100 works of art in a series. Fancy joining in?
I am going to be painting Crazy Critters in order to develop (I hope!) my painting skills. I am going to be sharing the paintings on my art blog, Pict Ink, so if you want to see what I get up to with this challenge and follow my progress with it then hop over there and have a look.
My first painting, number 1 of 1oo, is a daft Easter Bunny so as to act as a reminder that I started this challenge at Easter time.
I have finally made a decision about my next art challenge. It is going to be “Into the Woods”. That theme allows me enough scope to work in different media and cover a wide range of subjects. Since my last art challenge involved a lot of time pressure, I am not going to impose a timetable or deadline onto it. I will just create whenever my artistic mojo strikes but I will – mostly – create in response to this theme.
My first work on this theme was a lino block print I have titled “Worried Bunny”. You can read more about it here.
I will be sharing the art I produce in response to this theme on my art blog, Pict Ink, so make sure you visit there if you want to see more.
A little musical tinkle on my phone just informed me that today is the first anniversary of my blog. I had forgotten that I had started blogging so soon after my arrival in America so it came as quite a surprise.
Since I recently wrote a blog entry reflecting on my first year in America, I won’t rehash the same thought processes in this anniversary post. I never imagined that so many people would pop by and visit my blog on a regular basis, that anyone would find what I wrote about settling into life in a new country interesting or engaging, so I am beyond thrilled to have regular readers. When I started this blog, I never even contemplated having readers and I have to say that one of the best aspects of blogging turns out to be the dialogue I get into with the people who visit and comment or with the people whose blogs I visit. It’s like having an online natter and it’s really enjoyable.
As my blogging year has progressed, my posts seem to have split into two different categories: writing about the personal experiences of myself and my family, sharing our travels and explorations, my grumbles, rants and achievements; and my creative endeavours and sharing my art work. As such, I recently decided to launch a separate blog for my art work so that I could divide those two aspects of my writing more coherently, though I imagine there shall be some crossover for a bit.
Should you like to continue following my artistic pursuits, therefore, you can do so at Pict Ink. I would be delighted to see you there. Of course, I rather hope you will continue to stop by Pict in PA as well as Pict Ink.
Thank you, everyone, for reading and commenting and giving me the impetus to keep writing and sharing this past year. It’s been a great deal of fun and I hope it will continue to be in this coming year and beyond.