May 23, 2018

Blog Road Trip

Okay - there were lots of bloggers in the A2Z  - 2018 blog challenge; here is your chance to view their blogs and see and read different and intriguing trips of interest around the vast linked lines of the web.

May 15, 2018

Reflections about Drawn Lines


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So I'm done with 2018 A2Z Blogging Challenge, What a fast, busy, researching, blogging month. Just as the neighbor mows his grass of weeds, the junior high students yell joy at spring, the passer-by's walk and the cars, Bart, and motorcycles race home from work. What busy noises!  And I'm sitting in the sun knowing I reached my goals for the blog challenged --> how-to-draw lines. My cats are patiently sitting in their chairs, and I have a beautiful view of my garden stretching to the busy street. Rubbing my eyes again wondering why the noise on this warmest of warm days, I feel content.


On reflection, the noise is the celebration of new growth, happy teenagers, busy shoppers, and satisfied workers rushing home to enjoy their evening. The chatter and sounds are the joy I am calmly hearing, watching and observing, once again drawing lines from my garden; the artist is the observer. AND, I do have a course and a book I can publish.

Remember, we are creative. You are the artist that uses pencil, pens, chalks, paints, garden to make lines, the detail, the textures, and values. Lines tell us the viewers what you the artist want us to observer, enjoy, and to be inspired. We see a visual story. Lines take us place. Lines go everywhere. Lines are varied, different. Anything can make a line on any surface.

 




Also, I did the NaNoWriCamp challenge during April.
 






Here is the sketchbook created during the A2Z April 2018 challenge for my blog Drawing Lines.

April 27, 2018

Z - Zest and Zoom of Drawn Lines.

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You are creativity.
You are the artist.
When drawing with pencil, your lines detail textures, colors, and values that show your zeal and zip. Penciled lines show us how you the artist want us to zoom and zip into to observe a visual story you design, your style.


Your lines take us to optical, visual places.

Remember, anything can make a line on any surface: a line in art, a line in a novel, and a sentence written or spoken, a path we journey, a river, links on the computer, the way a tree grows, the way we live; all are lines. We as artists make paths for the viewers to follow. We craft lines.

ASSIGNMENT for Z: Never, ever surrender your creative endeavor. Love what you do, accept, trust, and show your art, which is part of your life. Beware, your art will grow and bloom with many flowers!
 

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To leave a photo of your work which I will post on this blog. Include the letter, Z. Leave a message on this website, and I will send my email address.


Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.

Y - Yonder yet with lines.

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You, me, us in art; we live in art.

Gardens, rooms, streets, driving, walking, running, sitting, floors to wall to ceilings and from the ground to the sky. We move, stand, rest, eat all an art medium. We look, watch, feel observe, enjoy all art mediums.

A constant bombardment of expressive, impressive abstract feedings is around us every second. We consume all and become inspired or maybe over-stimulated. I exist in continually moving lines much like the video games my grandsons play. 

That’s why I like to use line with my pencil, or pen and ink to draw the simplest of simple lines —> My head takes these and abstracts for my hand and fingers to put on paper sometimes as non-objective or realistic or figurative drawings from nature or of people. Ever trying to capture what I see and feel to show to a friend, observer, or viewer as they look and past.

Our doodles are essential in our travels as artists or wanting to play for fun, or relaxing. I have a 'yonder yet' as drawing for a page in my ABC book, which started when I taught first grade in Alaska and as the years pass I have changed characters and settings, the concepts grows ... for the yet!
Line drawing on computer.

ASSIGNMENT for Y:  ENJOY and redo your beginnings; that is where the creative idea starts and the yonder yet for you is to develop our starts, middles, to the finish. Remember, trust, accept, and wonder at your progress. 


Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter Y, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.


XX 👩🏻‍🎨 and Xinging ✏️ LINES

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XX and X-ing love, loving, and loved the lines and love yourself, as an artist; and feel good enough to exhibit your creations for viewing. 

Get ready! (motivate) Look at the environments and the art of others for the fundamentals.
Get set! (prepare) Reading about the fundamentals and exploring possibilities.
Go! (explore) Create a composition with your available art supplies and your work with your imagination.
Finish! (organize) Display your art pieces show to viewers, BRAG!


show portfolio in New York 1986
Now on to other mediums you can use for drawn art. Our finger, brushes, or tools do the line work; we organize the line into the forms.


Material: the substance which made the medium.
Mediums: the specific art materials used.

Building: cut paper or cardboard, fabrics, rug pieces, or found objects with paint and glue;


Carving: plaster, clay, wood;
Cut and paste: fabrics and papers with texture and  color;
Computer: drawing, designing;
Drawing: chalks on dry or wet paper, felt pens, pen and ink, oil pastels, charcoal, and Conte crayons, wax crayons;
Molding: clay, play dough, plastalina;
Painting: dry tempera cakes, wet tempera, watercolors, finger paints, oils, acrylics;
Printing: ink brayer, wood, copper, string, potato, stamps;
Sewing: quilts, stuffed toys, pillows, stitchery, embroidery,
Weaving: crochet, cardboard, paper, loom.

These are few traditional mediums used. There are also videos and movies which are done on lines and within frames. I like to think of these as the massing shapes, space, and textures of dots and pixels into overlapping movement. Stagnant works of art in frames run together. A photo is one part of the action or a single art piece.

ASSIGNMENT for X:

Send assignments via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.

W - Drawn lines are WIT!

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PENCIL—> our tool since childhood for mastering the usage of lines in lettering and drawing is worth all the work and practice we completed because as an artist we have the wit, whims, and wealth in device whenever, wherever, and however we want.

The pencil wit on paper through textures and shapes as you pencil textures and forms for the viewer, who wonders at your wondrous wit. This work takes place on a piece of blank paper, no lines. We create in the space a view as glancing through a frame, wedging our symbols for others to read, like words written. We build the letters into words for an abstracted symbol. Then we arrange the abstracted symbols into a sentence to widened the vision and then construct of blog or novel to tell our story.  Art is a one-page story whirling us to feel, observe and wonder, to have a visual emotion. Using what our brain utilize as reality to make images we recognize. We create the same symbol to abstract, to ponder, and share with others. Art is a language we use to tell a visual wild, witting, whimsical, or wondrous realistic, abstracted, or non-objection scene on a plane, a surface, for a view to find and enjoy.

For an artist, the whole blank surface waits for the how, what, when, why, and where to be worked in line. Frist the simple lines then we weld together our whims and wit for a viewer to winding, whisk, or wiggling with more complicated lines moving textures shape with dimensions.  We carefully build, stitch, weld and glue together what our skills allow. The worth of our efforts exposed.

WHOOPS! Then one wrong thought, “What will others think?” Remember art is our within, our magic, wonder, mystery. We just do art, worth or no worth. We organize elements and principles provide our wisdom about our visual complexities, our symbols. WE DO ART!


A line through shapes for 3D effect.

ASSIGNMENT for W: On page 31 of our sketchbook page or a well-made piece of paper of light color, if you like. Use your pencils or colored pencils. Draw more massed shapes with value. Draw a thick line that passes through, inbetween, over, behind the massed formations. Put textures in the drawing and add colors, if you want. Notice how the sketch has spacial and visual relationships.  

Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter W, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.

April 26, 2018

V - Visual Value and LINE


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With our pencils, our valuable tool we will use our lines to make volume, the light and shadows we view on objects. We are venturing to add mass to shapes to render 3-D, which will add more space to our drawings than just a background with textured shapes floating on top. Remember, we did an exercise depicting gray variations for colors with our pencil.  Now we are going to shade the shapes.

Always outside and inside there is a source of light, the sun, moon, stars, lights, car lights, street lights and all the various lights inside our house visible on shapes and also causing shadows. Shadows are seen first and tell us where the light source exists. There is flat light produced by many sources light on an object and no direct source. We want a direct, vigorous, bright light source to composed our point of view, we own what happens in our art, or hope we do. Accidents happen and sometimes for more significant value.

Observe light, where is it vibrant bright and where does it slowly vanish? The vastness can be overwhelming. How are the colors affected, the tones, tints, and shades? How to portray all of the contrasts? To show values or just not worry about massing objects. Remember we are the organizer of our picture and can show our version from our viewpoint, which causes variation and magic in art. We are all different, which makes our works unique, vibrate and valued for what we share as visible. The viewer is a visitor to our vivid, rich world.

ASSIGNMENT for V:  On pages 30, we are to draw values with our pencils. Make five shapes of various sizes flat or 3-D. The circle is excellent all round and no angle, I like the triangle which has only three sides, and a bottom, we see two. A cube has six sides; we only see three more of a challenge.  At the left or top or right edge of a piece of paper or in the sketchbook on pages 30 draw a light, sun, or flashlight, the light source shining on our shapes making to show volume. Make the values of light and darkness on the shapes and the shadows. Remember, practice is the virtue here, the more we do, the more we see, and our brain, hand, and figures work to make visible our view to the observer. 


Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter V, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.

April 24, 2018

U - Drawn line has unity.

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We have come far in understanding three elements of art: line, textures, and shapes. There is still more about forms, values, and space. Here is a list of rules describing the unity in a work of art. These are optional; however, keep in mind a viewer uses these unconsciously.

Unity: the successful joining of elements and principles to express the artist’s intention in the most effective ways. When the work is unified, we say that the artist is successful and that the drawing, painting, illustration, or design “works.” 


Dot: a pause recorded, a point of interest.
Line: the recorded path of a movement always present and felt.
Textures: one of the elements of art the different surfaces or allusions we see in the work of art.

Shapes: areas enclosed by lines and the spaces between.
Repetition: the repeated use of line, texture, shape, and space.
Rhythm: the repeating of certain movements throughout the art piece.
 
Variety: combining different elements to attract interests and to avoid monopoly, remember, too much variety produces confusion.
Contrast: juxtapostion of lines, textures, and shapes of various color and size on the paper or canvas.

Color: the variety of hues divide from the rainbow that includes tints, tones, shades, and values.
Value: the lightness or darkness of a color in a scale from black through grays to white.
Mass: a shape that appears to have substance and weight.

Negative or positive space: the interplay and interlocking of forms within and between space. The yang/yin of art.


We have barely mentioned the next principles that are important in UNITY.
Movement: the direction of space, color, lines, and values that animates the art piece.
Balance: the placement of lines, textures, shapes, colors, and space. Symmetrical - both side of the paper look-alike.  
Asymmetrical: several smaller forms weighing the same as a dense form.And, finally we have a piece of art.
Volume: the appearance of contained space.
Space: the actual place the medium occupies and the illusion of space within: mysterious, shallow, or indefinite.
Axis: the perspective in the art piece horizontal, vertical, and/or diagonal.
Composition: the arrangement of elements and principles to express a distinct style in a relevant medium.


This list from teacher Mrs. Steingart’s; she made copies with an old mimeograph machine, the diddo’s we used in schools 1950 through the 70’s. The device developed from the printing press that used a fluid to made prints from a carbon sheet, which resulted in purple ink and paper looking wet. No electricity used, the papers were pulled through by a rotary handle. 

Can you imagine how fast our forms of communication have developed from typewriter to the printing press to our “now” computers, iPads, and iPhones for mass communication on the virtual streaming web of encounters? And still, the same elements, rules, principles, values, and styles exist. INTERESTING! FUN! Not UNUSUAL! 

ASSIGNMENT:  Look, observe, study your art and the art of masters, which can find found on the web. Pick your favorite, my is Klee and Kandinsky, Turner, the impressionists, and most expressionists. There are so many fine arts: sculpture, weaving, quilting, clay, illustration, cartoons, painting, and drawing to name a few.


Send assignments via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter U, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.
 

April 23, 2018

T - Lines and shapes touch.

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Lines touch to travel in space when we make textures when we make shapes. We know the primary forms: the triangle, square, rectangle, and circle. These are used over and over along with free-form lines to build what we see as objects in our everyday space, air. Think of the piece of
paper as blank space; lines build shapes and textures in this empty area to record our nonobjective, abstract landscapes, portraits, our expression into a dimensional place.

Your picture contains the images you draw on a defined surface which usually on canvas, paper, wood, glass, plastic, etc. Today these can be photos, videos, movies, and computer images you created. Remember these are lines made of dots and pixels. We know the four basic shapes: the triangle, square, rectangle, and circle. These are used over and over along with free-form lines to build what we see as objects in our everyday environments. As artists we want these spaces to be flat or dimensional for visual travel.

page from SketchBook project

Space on a surface will make more sense if you think flat when you draw. The canvas is like the glass in a window, that is flat. Looking through the transparency to the outside our vision travels in a location from this object to that object. Most art calls for a viewer to wander into space for feeling textures as pottery, weaving, quilting or visual surfaces leading us from object to object as realism, abstracted, or as non-objective works. 

Assignment for T: As you watch out a window, check the objects: the lines, shapes, and textures; how large or small;  how close or far away; the brightness and thickness of each; the saturation of colors when close or far away; and the play of light with shadows in the space. The more we trust our eyes, the more we travel and observe the broader and fuller our trip is.  That means knowing tricks we can tuck in our pictures. 

Send any assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titled with the letter which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.

April 22, 2018

S - The Sketching



Sketchbook project
Sketchbook Project
Finished is the Sketchbook Project, a 32-page art book I titled,  I in Line. "Life is a line in time." --> mine myth!

Drawing lines are comforting and
soothing for me, relaxing. And, I did teach lessons about line to school groups. Now through the A2Z-2018 blog challenge, each day on Drawn Lines, I write my views of line in art and why we are all artists or can by practice and knowing the elements and principles for using lines. Remember, lines are important to any artist, well, maybe not the impressionists.

Enjoy what I accomplished in my line sketching! 


Assignment: 1) Check out the SketchBook Project; pre-order your book.

Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter S, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.