We declared this past weekend in our home to be an Art Weekend! Mostly it was for Emily's sake, she will be selling prints of her art at a school festival in a few weeks. I will share more about that when the time comes. To help motivate and inspire her creativity, we decided to put all other weekend details aside and join her at the table for hours and hours and hours of drawing, Seriously, I have a blister/callus thingy on my thumb.
Funny thing happened along the way. I discovered I LOVED drawing with these fancy new art pens that we purchased after school on Friday. The ink flowed so easily, the colors were beautiful and kept me wanting to add more here... more there... it was endless.
I have never really done this before. There was the semester of drawing I took in art school, but I never really found my voice with pen and paper. But this weekend, I think I heard the call. It was distant, wobbly, and extremely shy... but the voice was there. Sitting here on Monday morning I can't help but to feel curious and excited. I completed three drawings and another is in the works. Doesn't the lady in this one look like Kathy Griffin? Hee...
All of this to say I am going to take a two week break. I'm feeling the pull to investigate this newly discovered part of myself. In the midst of work, family, cooking and other life details, I will carve out time for a little at home art retreat. It's exciting to think of the colors, characters and designs (and hopefully improvement!) that will come of it. As amateur as it all is...
So, for two weeks I'll step away from the blog and focus on groovy patterns and funky colors. Oh! The part of it all that I am loving the most?
As someone who usually creates with a rather loud sewing machine, it is possible that the silence of this work is filling me more than any other part. It's cozy and portable, two things that are much appreciated these days.
Take care friends, I'll see you soon.
Updated: Many of you asked for info on the pens that I used. The black pens are Micron Archival Ink (I got many sizes) and the colored are Prismacolor. The colored were expensive, almost $5 a piece (at my local store, maybe cheaper online) so I started with only ten colors. There are well over one hundred to choose from so I will build my collection over time. I am also on the lookout for other types of pens... I think I'm hooked!