Draw Something Every Day

I’ve just emerged from under a mountain of end of year accounts, VAT returns and more meetings than I like to go to. I missed Draw Something Every Day altogether last week, but this week I have some doodling in my diary (done at one of the meetings) so here it is. The mugs and the lamp were in the room but the fruit was just in my imagination. A return to normal life (as normal as it ever gets, that is), as well as art and blogging, will happen tomorrow, I hope…

doodle.jpg

seeing shapes

OCA Textiles 1 is (obviously) a textile course, but a significant proportion of the exercises involve design work on paper – I’m still not sure what I think about this or whether I’ll continue to work that way – it’s a big change for me since my previous method was basically to get out the materials and see what happened. It feels good, though, to be challenged so fundamentally. I did enjoy this exercise very much – to isolate interesting parts of an image using a frame and represent them, focusing on the shapes.

framed shapes

framed shapes

Draw Something Every Day

doodling

The Draw Something Every Day challenge. This started off with me thinking about pastel colours for an assignment. I saw a big heap of candy coated chocolate eggs on a market stall and started doodling shapes and arrangements for a potential design.

The assignment was to do colour mixing with pastel colours using a pointillist stitch technique in a design derived from an image. I tried to do some painting and drawing in pastel colours using shells and stones and flowers, but there was nothing I wanted to take further. I found it came more naturally to work the colours directly in the stitching in a more abstract way. It is inspired by the candy eggs and the doodles but has taken on a life of its own.

pastel French knots