August 27, 2018

"Repurposed" ART SHOW 9/9/2018

 
One of five basket plates.


'Repurposed,' an art show with art pieces made from recycled art papers, baskets plates, yarns, threads, beads, small boxes, and dried plants or whatever looked interesting for art, is up for viewing September and October. The artists' reception is Sunday, September 9, 2018 from noon to 4 pm. The pieces in the show are for FREE for those visitors who sign-up for them.
What fun is that!

The pieces were done while the artists-in-residence, Bobbie Kinkead and Kelly Hunter, came on Thursdays to create at the FREE Oakland UP, Thrift Shop and Art Gallery.

And also the same day as the Artists' Reception is the monthly plant sale ran by Jocelyn, the propritor, who organizes succulents, begoinas, plus other plants to pay for her enterprising business venture.

Kelly Hunter is to show her tiny box art.

June 26, 2018

Art Pieces at Frank Bette Gallery

So three line pieces of mine are in an art show at Frank Bette Gallery from mid-June to mid-August. The show came in line with the Drawn Lines blogs, which I just finished. Come to the artist open house on July13 and view the art and the museum, a story front for a furnisher store, give to the public for an art Museum, quite unique.

Thursday - Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Phone 510-523-6957.

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

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.

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

April 20, 2018

R - Line radiates relationships.

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Repeating rhythm is like a line in a texture drawn over and over, only repeating a set of textures over and over. When looking at painted landscapes, we see repeating rhythm in the mountains, water, trees, and leaves. All recurring a bit differently as not to bore the viewer, who recognizes or remembers a reality.
 

While learning about lines, we are drawing non-objective relations. Refining what line represents in our art. So we can use the line to mirror or reflect our reality as interpreted from eyes to the brain to be rendered by our hand to the paper. Always remembering, we are not drawing reality but only what we reflect through our lines.

To review, we can draw about 20 different line, thin or thick, and create multi-textures that repeat and overlap on different shapes. We build our recipes for using line as we experiments and relish what we do, remarkably creating our style - our repeating rules in our works. We will recognize we have a technique while looking the random drawings we have done thus far.

circles and words

So now we are ready to expand into a new range of relationship with shapes into our style. Before shapes drawn were random. The contour shapes from yesterday assignment were also random, free-formed delineations of edges as we see. Shapes have rhythms and repeat in our realities. Notice which ones dominate our inside spaces and which ones dominate outside.

ASSIGNMENT for R: Use your pencil or colored pencils. Draw the shapes referred to as pure: triangle, circle, square, and rectangle. Vary the sizes from small to large. Place side by side, or inside each other. Overlapping and repeating to create rhythm and dominance. For practice do several as scribbles. Then choose the one that resembles a work of art. On a clean good piece of paper, if you want to use a light colored paper refine the textures. If you want add colors on top of the textures to layer as one does in oil painting.

Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include drawing, title with the letter R, 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 19, 2018

Q - Lines are quaint.


Letter Q for A2Z blog Challenge
Lines are quick, quaint sometimes holding quality sometimes just quirky. FUN! A QUEST!

Being familiar with the types and the quality of lines and textures, we move to creating works of art, pieces of penciled drawn art that qualify as professional. A work of art must cause and answer questions on a piece of paper as a short story or in a series of painting like a novel with chapters. 


FORM is the total work; the elements working together to show a organized composition controlled by Principles:

Dominance is center of interest, one line, shape, texture or color that attracts attention and sometimes repeats.


Emphasis is how the center of interest attracts the eye either by lines, shape, textures or colors leading the viewer to the dominant center. 


Balance is how lines, textures, shapes, and colors are arranged either symmetrical with the same number, size, and shape as a design or with asymmetrical, unequal numbers, sizes, and shapes. 

Balance is not a quirk of fate. One large shape in the middle of your art is not balancing your work, using three varied shapes in different positions move a viewer’s eye over the whole area.

Rhythm uses lines in repetition to move eyes around the paper and cause MOVEMENT, motion, action. The viewer’s eyes follow the asymmetrical balance quenching the viewer’s thirst for involvement, excitement, quirky fun, and surprise. We have the viewer in motion, not at rest. The eyes might follow a line around and through shapes, or bounce from shape to shape. 


Opposition and variety are thrusts that keep the eyes moving. You can also create harmony or contrast, the mood for your piece.

ASSIGNMENT:  On a large piece of paper create an optical quest for your viewer. Move us around your composition with the type of lines you know and shapes and textures. If you want, use color and value.

Observe your piece. What composition is in your art? What do you give us to observe, view, to dance around in your piece? What quest do you set up for the viewer?

At the beach hiking with cliffs and rocks.

Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, title with the letter Q, 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 18, 2018

P - Pencils provide lines.

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I love my pencil! Since preschool or for some of us kindergarten, 'the pencil is the tool of trade' for writing and drawing. What we learn present by pencil extends to all possibles of mediums: paints, pastels, pens marker or with inks on paper, cloth, wood, and metals.

Pencil and drawing are partners, as we say 'hand in hand', or brain, to an image to hand to fingers holding the magical tool: the PENCIL! By drawing lines the pencil presents, permits, persuades, pictures, proclaims, plunges, and puts our viewers into a playful, pleasant, pleasurable, forms we draw in landscapes, portraits, in designing, or accidental, figurative, expressive, impression, abstract, non-objective, or realistic art.

As children with our pencils carving and rendering the alphabet letters over and over with the right pressure, width, and length; so the line was even and flat, PURPOSEFUL. Then for most of us on to scribe writing were we connected the letters with one long line for each word. One profound process over our school years through the grades. Our skill of PRIDE! We  d with our peers and public.

As an artist, and remember we all are artists, we have practiced, professional, prevailing pencil skills necessary in our progress to understand the principles and elements of art. We know two elements: line and texture, and hints of the other four: shapes, value, color, and space. The principles are simple, and I have mentioned a few: feeling, dominance, balance, and movement that make-up composition. These Principles we will talk about later.


ASSIGNMENT for P: on a piece of paper or in the sketchbook on pages 28 and 29, at the bottom from left to right make a tightly controlled line of squished swishes from the darkest line the pencil can make to the lightest. Do again from the opposite directions right to left from darkest to lightest. Use the side of your pencil if you want.  Think of the soft light lines as white, yellows, and pinks. The ordinary lines are orange, red, light blue, light brown, light green, and light purple. The darkest lines are blacks, browns, dark blues, and dark greens.
Values done by pencil.

Now draw nine squares above the two squishes squiggles lines. Putting a color from your pencil in each: white, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, brown, and black. Of course, all the lines and boxes are shades of gray. 


Send 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 P, 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.

O - Line offer outlines.

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Lines do outline; well, we see lines as separating shapes, objects, colors, textures from one another. I think this is the way our brain organizes for us. We observe drawn lines. Our visual mind does this with textures and colors. We think we see a line, only we see color stopping and another color starting, as leaves on a tree, the flowers, and the stems and trunk.

Each texture that our eyes see our brain organizes into images. As children, we learn to read symbols, letters that order words in sentences that tell a story. Our hands draw the symbols for images that the brain learns. No scent or sound exist, we image this from what we remember: OBSERVE.

When looking at a landscape, person, a movie - we organize points to connect called a lines or pixels grouped together to obtain images for our eye to offer to our brains. How open we are to our optic allusions is how much opportunity we take to observe our outer worlds. Our eyes, our hands, and fingers are opportunist giving us what we think are true visuals in our physical ordinary life: ORDER.

We draw on paper learn symbols with opinions to share with observers, our viewers. They are obliged and willing to open to what we have offered or omitted, no matter how obvious or outlandish our drawings. The overwhelming obstacle is how to order, obscure, or omit in our drawings what we want our obsevers to enjoy.


Observing cats from a picture book dummy.
 ASSIGNMENT for O: look around outside in nature or inside your office or home to see how outlines surround or are on objects. Note how textures and colors dictate what we see and omit. The more we observe the more we open and can organize the colors and textures. Now on scrap papers do what artists call contour drawings of objects you see. Just draw the outlines. BE OUTLANDISH! OR, BE ORDERLY! HAVE FUN!

Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include drawing, title with the letter O, 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 16, 2018

N - Lines note textures.


All through life, we learn about textures by touching and looking. Some textures are man-made, and some are natural. Some we feel. Some we see. Some we create.

Texture happens when our fingers feel surfaces. As we feel with our fingers, our vision and brain notice the details as velvet, sand, bark, sponge, netting, burlap, silk, flower petals, slick, rough, soft, hard, fur, or scales. Textures are noticed on everything, water and even clouds in the sky. I like to say the details of visual on everything to tease and entice us filling our visual mind  with the vast network of scenes we view and want to draw.

Krispy Textures watch on YouTube
We see textures due to light. Textures appear different depending on the way a surface reflects. When light reflects, shadows cast on ridges. On shining surfaces, there are no ridges so no shadows and light makes the surface look shiny. Less reflected light notes a smooth texture. Soft dull light denotes a matte texture. A surface reflects unevenly because any small broken ridges cast shadows to render as a rough texture.

All mediums define a different type of line in the size and shape. The arrangement of small lines note the textures we see on paper. Length, width, curves, and direction of lines build textures, which in our drawing can be weak, bold, powerful, slight, thick or spontaneous and the arrangement of small or large, thick or thin repeating lines of the same size makes a texture. The action of the mediums was brushing, stroking, dabbing, dripping, scraping, smearing blending, etc. create textures.



As artists, we navigate textures on surfaces of objects imitating reality. Textures narrate a story on the paper from freeform noise to neat designs, landscapes, or just fun non-objective lines to draw and see.


ASSIGNMENT for N: On pages 26 and 27 of our sketchbook or a fine piece of paper not too big or will take alone time, draw a rectangle on both sides of the pages to the edges. Two large forms divide the space. On the first-page draw shapes, do not touch; leave space around them. Make this exciting, add tension, use opposition. You can do this by putting down three large shapes or one to be dominant and others to balance the dominance, a trick to get viewers into the rectangle. Now add other forms, remember not to touch each other. Fill the area between the shapes with the same texture. 


The shapes should float in front of the texture, as seen a background much as in our everyday reality. 

On the other half of the paper, choose one shape, I love the triangle, but maybe a circle, square, or rectangle. Have this form overlapping and no space between them. Fill in the empty rectangle with your shape, make this unusual using opposition by overlapping, a trick you play on us, an optical illusion as we look at the drawing there is non-objective space, unreal.  FUN! It's a tease; it's a trick for the viewer which is exciting.

Send assignment via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include drawing, title with the letter N, 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 14, 2018

M - Lines maintain mediation.


Drawn lines are either a random meandering of paths, roads, rivers, and thought or measured careful for meaningful designs. There is much merit in mediation and we can use designs to cause this. Using straight lines: the horizontal, verticals, and diagonals lines with circles and half circles, we will use these lines to draw a mediation. Our mission is to have a symmetrical drawing. 

ASSIGNMENT for M:  On a square piece of paper or make the square across pages 24 and 25 in the sketchbook. Use a ruler for the straight lines and a pattern for the retangles. Vary the line’s width and color, if you want. Make the lines smooth and clean. If you want, full in the shapes with color using paints or crayons, markers keeping balance. Sit your mediating square up so you can view move around in the design. I always marveled how pleasing this is to my mind, almost as much pleasure as when drawing. 



Make four mediation squares, mix and modify the lines and shapes. The more you mix the lines and colors in the square the better you motive a viewer to mediate. Your are maintaining a viewer in a moment. I got caught in these mind, motivating, marvels and made many enjoying the relaxing repetition: MAGIC! I'll put a few designs up later right now need to find and photograph them.

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April 13, 2018

L - Links art together.

Line are drawn with pencils, ball point pens, felt markers, ink and pen or brush, in chalk, charcoal, crayons, conte crayons, with oil paints, acrylic, and watercolor. A thick large brush full of paint is used a drawn line and build a shape to fill in a shape on a canvas. The brush goes back and forth  or up and down in lines.

Each medium has its own rules, laws, languages, for lines being used, the laboratory of the artist, who is either learning or drawing for leisure. LIBERTY! The artist uses line in a lavish or learn style to lurk a looker and lock into their art. Luring a spectator is and encouraged connection. Line is the element that starts deliberate literal lust as a character in a novel. Line is a character in art, or visual story on paper: LINKING.


Lines are different.
Lines build.
Lines lay side to side.
Lines can be blocked together.
Lines can overlapped.
Bobbie Kinkead
Space lies between lines.
Lines lie between other lines.
Lines can lie over other lines.
Textures are massed lines.
Lines have color.
Lines show value.
Lines define shapes.
Lines define perspective. 


ASSIGNMENT for L: Look again and again at lines in you environment and noticed how our vision uses these in our drawings. Compare our inside environments with outside in nature. Does nature have straight lines? Or, do we make straight lines?


Please share your drawing through this website 'ART for DRAWN LINES'. Leave your information, and I will sent an email address to add your sketch to this blog - title letter L.


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