Blooming Yoga

This is old. Old enough I can’t remember when I did it. This is what happens when you don’t put a date on the art – you might think you’ll remember. But no.

Ages and ages ago (so probably a couple years ago), I had this idea for a yoga girl blooming out of a flower. I had also just gotten some fancy schmancy markers. Voila.

Now, in retrospect, I would like to have done this in water colors. I’m not a fan of markers. Perhaps because I don’t know how to use them – I have tried and it never turns out to my liking. I have managed to fake my way through acrylics and watercolors, but not so much with markers.

This was also while I was getting a lot of tattoos and I was surrounded by that art. I love tattoo art and I certainly drew upon that for the flower and the gypsy-ish style of the girl.

There are certainly parts of her I dislike. But overall, there’s just something about her I also love. Maybe it’s just that I had the idea and went for it.

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Looking Up

I did this one right on the heels of the last one (the girl with the angry slash smug expression). I wanted the opposite of angry, the opposite of closed off, the opposite of the downward tipped head and glaring eyes. So this girl is looking up a bit and more open.  Or at least that’s what I was going for.  I took the time to do a little shadowing on this one too, which makes the whole thing so much better.  There are days when my chunk of time to draw isn’t large, and days when it takes me the entire time just to get the idea of the sketch on the page.  The shading and shadows come at the end and sometimes get left off.  Once I’ve finished a drawing, once I’ve moved on to other things in my day, I can’t come back.  I’m not in the same space in my mind and I can’t pick back up.  Oh, I have occasionally done so, and it’s not always a bad thing, it’s just very hard for me to get back into the frame of mind for a specific idea/image.

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Emotion

I think one of the most challenging things in art is to portray emotion – and specifically to portray the emotion you want the piece to portray. (I have never used that word so often much less in one sentence. Portray. I digress).

Some drawings in my sketch book are just an attempt to capture an emotion. Just to see if I can do it.

I think I was going for angry here, and she turned out rather evil looking. Maybe mostly smug. I think she looks smug. In my head she’s smug about some evil slash angry thing she’s done.

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Headstand

I was thinking about how to connect Monday and Yoga for this post. At some point I thought, hey it’s not Monday. Yesterday was such a whirlwind of homeschool co-op and trial Tae Kwon Do class and housework. Somehow I woke up today thinking it was the start of the week.

So you get a fresh Tuesday yoga painting.

It started with the idea of a girl – as usual – showing strength. Headstands take not just strength, but also balance, and a fair bit of bravery. After I had the girl, it needed something else. I didn’t want the Om just over there by itself all random, so I played with a bit of a mandala around it. The multi-media aspect is two handwritten pages I found in an antique book – I loved the loopy writing and that it was passages from a book and mostly the mystery of never knowing who took the time to copy passages from the book.

I actually really love this piece. I like the way the girl turned out, her hair, her muscles, her obvious strength. But I also really love the Om and mandala, and especially with the super bright colors.

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This piece spent a year on display at Greensboro Downtown Yoga. Now I have it back and I was able to take a few photos of it to share it with you. This also allowed me to offer it for sale as prints on the Bee Girl Art Society6 shop.

Book Love/Book Art

There is a book festival in a neighboring town today. I’m very excited. Just the fact it exists makes me happy. Add to that it’s close enough for me to attend and I’m stoked. Throw in an opportunity to hear Maggie Stiefvater speak and I might faint. I’ll be the swooning Beatle’s fan at the book fest today.

In honor of Bookmarks, I wanted to pull together all my book related art into one post.

 

This first one was loosely inspired by Shiver (written by none other than Maggie Stiefvater).

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This next one is my redrawing of an illustration in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce. (I have a variation of this tattooed on my thigh now. That’s how much I love the original illustration).

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I did this watercolor ages ago. It was one of my very first watercolors. And I think my favorite. I did a drawing first based off a vintage photograph. Then I did it again as a watercolor.
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This Divergent (Veronica Roth) piece was a quick gift for a friend. We read the books at the same time, and both fell in love.
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This last one is so close to my heart. One of my all time favorite books is What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton. It’s been difficult for me to share my art – it’s all so personal. To open yourself up to criticism is a scary thing. I did this drawing in my sketch book based on the main character, Sid. I was feeling particularly brave the day I shared the drawing with the author. It made my day (week? year?) when she responded so sweetly and shared the picture with all her fans.
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Shades

This is another one from sketch book 2, and from January. I did this one right after “freckles” … for some reason I wanted to do a face with neat sunglasses. I had this idea for a cleft in the chin too, and heavy bangs. In the end I felt like I channeled Klara Soderberg of First Aid Kit. Not surprising considering I listen to First Aid Kit religiously.

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Freckles

I’ve shared so many of my sketch book drawings as I did them, that I had to look back to find something to share. This is from sketch book 2, and was drawn in January. I remember drawing it, and it felt like no time ago. Hard to fathom that it’s been so long, yet here we are in September.

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I may have mentioned it before, but in case you don’t know, I am first and foremost a mother. With back to school and balancing the schedule of after school activities, any free time I thought I had has disappeared. When do I carve out a few minutes to draw? How do I make time to set up to paint? Honestly, I don’t even know. Drawing is a little easier to fit in, and I often do it in the evenings before putting the kids to bed – when they are watching a movie and don’t need me to pay full attention to them. ;) I try to knock out watercolors when I find myself with a little chunk of time, and to save the big painting projects for weekends and holidays.

Here’s the thing: if you want to do it, you will make time for it. So right now while the kids are chomping at the bit ready to start our schoolwork, I’m insisting they give me a few minutes to drink my coffee and “play on the computer” … otherwise known as update the blog. No matter what else is happening in my life and no matter how busy I am, it’s important to me that I make time for art. Some times that means drawing or painting, some times that means blogging and sharing what I’ve done with the world, and some times it means writing. When you don’t hear from me it’s because I’ve found time to do something creative – I’ll share it with you when I get back to the online world.

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