Monday, October 30, 2006

Mind Map: yet another!

I promise this will be my last mind map.

For my own sake I need to make a proper start on this project, otherwise I'm not going to do anything at all and I'll regret wasting time flitting from one idea to the next. I'm due to go for a weekend at Missenden Abbey in just over a week, the weekend is called Advanced Textiles, its about developing work beyond City and Guilds. I ususally spend my time on design development, and I can't face saying to my mentor (Hilary Bower) that I've done nothing since June.

I'm going for simple, using the collection of seed heads I have around me. Taking advantage of the season to get out and about with my camera, have a good walk with my dog and hopefully pick up a few bits and pieces while I'm out. I did make it down the garden earlier- I picked a few "keys" from my Acer, so I'm all set to start!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Challenge 2: Linda's drawing

Over the last few months I've been drawing on a fairly regular basis in an effort to improve my drawing skills and tackle subjects that I would have previously ignored completely. So this challenge wasn't as difficult for me as for some of the others in the group.

However, I've been drawing with pen, not pencil, using cross-hatching etc to show tone and shadow. Also I am not, and have never been, good at complex subjects, perspective and proportions. So for this challenge I decided to push myself. After a suggestion from someone on the group (thank you!) I chose to draw my theme, my back yard, from an upstairs window. This is the result. The tones are fairly accurate, but some of the proportions are still not right, despite my attempts to correct them. However, overall I'm pleased with the drawing and enjoyed working in HB pencil - may do more :)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Kim's Challenge 2

Backyard Sun Ornament

Here's my Challenge 2 drawing. A view out my dining room of a sun ornament that hangs on the fence. The blueberry bush in front of the fence is brusting with red leaves - when the afternoon sun hits it, it looks as though it is on fire. In the foreground is a stand of Siberian Irises, the blooms gone since August, the leaves are turning yellow. My husbands was going to chop the leaves down I had him wait till after I finished this drawing. I used an HB pencil (frustrating given all the rich color I was looking at) and found it difficult to get dark values. It took some time to get started on this challenge, blank white paper can be quite intimidating, but I'm satisfied with the results (it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

challenge 2

I did these drawings last night and I was sorely tempted to add colour - but I was good LOL. I used Egon Schiele as my inspiration. I thought I'd do two drawings one using my right (dominant) hand and the other with my left hand. It really amazes me that such different images appear and much softer and quite uncontrolled with the left hand. Which do you prefer?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Bluejay Drawings

This was a tough challenge for me but here you go. My attempt at drawing bluejays. My theme is "Autumn" and we had a lot of bluejays in the yard this Fall so I chose them as my subject. The one on the right looks more like a woodpecker, though ;-) My scanner absolutely would not pick up the pencil so I had to take a photo.

An attempt at drawing

Friday, October 20, 2006

Bowl Drawing

I want to make a hand-carved stamp with a simplified hand holding a bowl symbol, so I decided to see what a more realistic version would look like first.

It is impossible to hold a bowl in front of the mirror and sketch effectively, so I had to work from memory/imagination and am amazed I managed it!

This started with pencil, then ink and now coloured pencils. I have done it in Linda's Drawing AB along with another drawing.

So, I have achieved two goals tonight and feel sooo good about that!

Kari x

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pencil Drawing

This is my first batch of pencil drawings! This morning I had to go to a nearby town (on a fruitless quest for a costume for a show I'm in!) and there's a disused cemetery there that I've been meaning to visit for ages. So, as I was going anyway I grabbed a sketchbook, pencil and camera and headed off with glee! It's real haven, this cemetery, it's managed by a local group (as a pocket park) who are gradually working on it, putting in benches, clearing up etc. There's loads of established trees including several big hollies with berries and lots of squirrels too. As I stood sketching something up in the tree above was cracking and fidgetting about and a shower of nut shells came raining down! LOL Anyway, I'm rambling! I really enjoyed the drawing much more than I thought I would! I tried extra hard not to judge what I was doing, just to get on and do it!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Paula's Taos Birdhouses

This pencil sketch did not photograph too well. I sketched rather lightly since this drawing is going to be my map for adding watercolor.

I have been taking a lot of photos lately. I find that they help me to fine tune my composition and sketching skills. For me sketching is so difficult if I'm trying to create something from memory. So until my mind's eye becomes more talented in recalling detail, I will relay on my photos.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Elizabeth's mind map

At long last I've scanned my very brief daisy mind map.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

At Last My Map of Bowls

I know I am late with this, but I have had a tough week or two at work on top of difficulties with my asthma and subsequent tiredness.

But this weekend I looked at my untidy quick mind map and reworked it into this slightly neater one.

Promise not to be late with the next challenge!

Kari x

Fun and Easy How to Guide to Binding Your Own Paperback Books At Home…FAST » Achieve IT! - Helping you achieve your goals

Fun and Easy How to Guide to Binding Your Own Paperback Books At Home…FAST » Achieve IT! - Helping you achieve your goals

This has just been featured on another blog I lurk at ()

What a great idea

Oops - posted on the wrong blog, but I'm happy to leave it here to share if that's OK with you guys

Donna's Mind Map

I apologise for my tardiness with this, my head has been so full of buying and selling houses and finding schools that I couldn't fit anything else in there!
Looking forward to the first challenge.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


My mind map - not much on it so far and guess who couldn't find their camera so had to do a fast and dirty job with the old scanner?

Looking at the green monstrosity - it just wasn't worth the wait!

Ah well - I can post the next challenge on the group now and start chasing those who are late and haven't let me know.....

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lucy's Mind Map

I hope this has worked and if it hasn't then I'm sorry you're all looking at just this LOL!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sharon's mindmap

Here, at last, is my mindmap! It really is amazing how far you can travel from the initial idea with these things :o)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Paula's Mind Maps

I just keep thinking about how everything in life is like a map. It is all in the path we decide to take. So with that said, here is my mind map.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Mindmap3 -Jill

Yes I know, another one - explanation on group site :)

Monday, October 02, 2006

My Mind Map

One Mind Map.

Never made one before, they can go on forever can't they? I didn't realise how many facets there are in the subject of music. I had to scale it down a great deal. Otherwise I would be still following it in my dotage....