I rented a crooked-but-cozy Connecticut lake cabin on a trip to my home town a few years ago, and this sun porch was my favorite room. My grandparent’s house had a sun porch the length of the house, and my brothers and I spent many hours sprawled on the braided rag rugs, playing board games, trying to stay under the grownup’s radar. I tested the image in my favorite watercolor sketchpad to see if it would make a decent painting, or monotype or linocut or dry point engraving, etc. What do you think? If it was larger, and perhaps with an animal napping somewhere, which medium do you think would suit the scene best?
A New Painting Course
I just published a free mini-course over at my BelindaTips.com site to help you paint and draw more often. It’s brief and encouraging, so I hope you’ll check it out. Visit SixTipstoPaintMore.com and if you’d be so kind, I’d love your feedback in the comments either here or there. At the end of the video course, there is a list of art supplies I keep in the tote bag in the photo above. It’s my traveling art studio, and I take it to paint on the couch, on the kitchen counter, and outside on the deck, etc. I hope you’ll give portable painting on the fly a go. 🙂
This note is taped to my computer monitor to remind me to ponder and answer this question every day as part of my morning list-making. Do you ask yourself a question each day? If so, share that in the comments and lets brainstorm good wondering. I’ve mentioned before how much I loved the directive Dr. Larch gives young Homer in John Irving’s book The Cider House Rules (I know its an old book, but I’m hopelessly late to the party): “Try to be of Good Use.” And “Always be suspicious of Easy Work.” <– That one applies to making art for sure. The other is a good directive for everyone. What are your Go-To Quotes in the studio?
Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you in the next post –
P.S. This is a great review of Hahnemühle watercolor papers by the lovely artist Brenda Swenson.
The best toys – Tinkertoys, Lego, Play-Dough, Lincoln Logs – allowed us to build and rebuild almost endlessly. With my kids, I noticed that these kinds of toys have become increasingly rare. Lego bricks are sold primarily as branded kits. Instead of a pile of blocks that could become anything, they are now essentially disassembled toys. Instead of starting with a child’s imagination of what could be, play is now fixed on a single endpoint, predetermined by Lego’s designers.