Maybe you guys are all on top of things, so our classroom Valentine’s Day cards are all ready to go. If, like me, you barely have your crap together most days, here is my Valentine for you. Several years ago I doodled around with some truck puns and sketches, but I never did anything with them. This year is special because I dug them out and got them done thanks to Adobe and an accidental late night work session.
We had purchased gummy bear Valentines for the tiny human’s class, but then I realized that several of our friends keep kosher and can’t have the gelatin. Enter Plan B. I printed these off so my tiny human can fill in the names and then color them any way she wants to for her friends. They’re not fancy drawings, but they are great for coloring with small hands or big crayons.
So, if you need an idea, and you like trucks, have at it. There’s a pdf file in the hyperlink below that has 14 designs in a single printable file.
ALL Truck Valentine Cards
I’ve been concentrating more on seeing the shapes of things and finding the simplicity of those lines. There’s no real composition work here, only getting the lines down. Maybe there’s a painting in there somewhere. We’ll see.
What are you working on? I’d love to see your work in progress!
I don’t know why, but I can’t paint or draw animals in their natural colors. I could tell you some hooey like, “I see their true colors, so that’s what I must paint.” The truth is more like, “This is fun!” It’s fun to flip the palette from the natural colors as I see them and decide on what colors can be highlights and shadows once I eliminate white and black as options. Changing the colors eliminates the need for strict realism, and it helps me look more at the shapes. And it’s fun!
Don’t be afraid to play with new colors and ideas. Stretch your brain a bit and see where your imagination will run. It’ll be fun!
The art of the scribble. I’m always afraid to commit to a line when I draw, so laying down sketch lines on a canvas to paint is pretty stressful. I practice in my sketchbook with mostly pen to fight my perfectionist tendency to erase whatever isn’t perfect, and doodle/scribble/whatever-you-want-to-call-this-pen-marking exercises help to loosen up my fingers and my brain.
This was also an excellent object lesson for the tiny human. She gets upset whenever someone doesn’t see exactly what she sees when she makes a picture, and some other tiny human had dismissed her work as “scribble-scrabble.” Scribble-scrabble is still art when you are marking the paper with your imagination. It doesn’t matter if anyone else sees what you see; even if they guess at the shapes, they still won’t see exactly what you see. But then, that’s what art is all about isn’t it?
Go make your mark!
This is one of my sketchbook entries this week. I most often write when I need to vent emotions, but I seem to process them on a different level when it’s a visual process rather than verbal. I’ve felt the weight of a lot of little things threatening to roll over me and crush me. It took seeing it in my sketchbook to realize that I have not been praying about most of those things like I know I should.
Sometimes my art work in progress reflects that I am very much a work in progress, too! Do you ever find that worrying over a gazillion little things weighs you down? What do you do to let go of the fear and anxiety that weight represents?
It’s been a while, but I’m back at the keyboard and the canvas. This dancing beauty is in progress (and ears are SO hard to get right!) with acrylic on canvas. I really want to paint all the time and get her finished, but I also don’t want to rush and make a mess.
What are you working on this week?