Friday, January 8, 2010

2010 Art Goals and a couple sketches

Mary - 1/8
Elegant Writer Pen

Bob - 1/7
Sharpie on Yellow Pages

I reviewed last year's goals, and found I met all of them with the exception of sketching daily. I probably sketched 3 or 4 times a week. So this year's goals are set: 1) Sketch daily; 2) Create two finished pieces of art per month; 3) Join a critique group; and 4) Participate in 3 art shows.

Actually, I've already failed to meet goal #1, but it's a worthy goal and I intend to keep plugging away at it. Here are two of my daily sketches. I don't have a good way of capturing my image so I used a photograph from Bob's daughter Jamie's wedding in April. The likeness is reasonable. I fight the desire to make myself less wrinkled than I am! I love the honesty of Myrna Wacknov's self-portraits that portray an attractive, mature, intelligent artist. (Please excuse the date error - it was done today, 2010.) I sketched Bob as he sat in his favorite chair. I hope to improve on capturing his likeness as I continue to use him as one of my favorite life subjects.

At first I was doing the sketches on an old Yellow Pages, but I decided that using a new sketch book would be more pleasing. I'm going to use some different implements and different design techniques to do the sketches. Tomorrow will be vine charcoal.


PAMO said...

You are an inspiration Mary! Be sure to check your date on sketch number 1 : ))- I've been doing it as well- writing '09. A new sketch book is definitely deserved- although I think it's a great use of the phone book! Thanks for the idea.

Mary Paquet said...

Pam, you are right, I'm stuck in 2009! A whole new decade and I'm missing out.

The idea for the phone book actually came from Myrna Wacknov on her blog last year. She is so creative!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary, I'm so glad to see your drawings! I was thinking today that I might have to spend some time on self-portraits this year. Good for your for tackling portraits right off the bat! Wonderful drawings!

Mary Paquet said...

Peggy, thanks. I figure it's a good discipline and I'm taking Myrna's workshop in a week!