I was encouraged and inspired by Jill at Jill’s Art Journal to keep a daily art journal. I’ve never done this before, other than what I post here, but sometimes my posts here really aren’t sequential, so I thought it’d be cool to do, a fun way to track my progress (such as it is).
Jill, you’ll be proud of me, I’ve kept my streak going for three whole days lol! (I’ve never been able to keep a diary or a journal in my life, and I’ve tried maaaaany times, so we’ll see how this works out.)
Thought I’d share the first page with you. It is kind of messy, because I did a quick sketch in pencil of a mama bluebird feeding her chick before making a Mother’s Day card in watercolor pencil for my mom. So I almost didn’t share it, but then I thought: Life is messy. Right? So a journal can be messy too. I hope you get a kick out of it!
My cat, Penny will probably be starring in a few journal pages, as she’s usually on my lap when I’m sketching. Unfortunately, she moves a lot, which is why the top sketch makes her look like one of the Whos down in Who-ville. It’s all good, I’m gonna roll with that journal and just experiment and have fun with it.
I’m trying to swatch out my watercolor paints, because my memory really is that bad. Other than sap green, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and lemon yellow, I don’t really know what the other colors will look like when I get them on the page. So….my journal is gonna be helping me out with that. Actually, this exercise was very helpful, just making the page and printing the color names will help me visually to keep this straight.
So if you’re curious, MG means M. Graham paints (which are my favorite, both for quality and value), CM means Cotman, which is the Winsor & Newton student grade line (which I find to be almost as good as WN), and WN is Winsor & Newton, which I find to be not as good quality-wise as Graham (colors don’t seem to be as rich in pigment) at probably double the price. If seeing the colors on the screen helps you to choose wisely, all the better! (Well, if you can read my writing…..I tried to write neatly enough so I could read it later. hehe)
Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to all the moms of all kinds of critters, be they wing-ed, scaled, two-legged, or four-legged! Sending love and peace and lots of creative merriment to you and yours today.