Monday, March 8, 2010
Some art activities that I do are similar to my visits to the gym. I am building my art muscles. At drawing class this morning, we started this pastel, which I will continue working on next week. From my drawing class, I not only learn to draw accurately, but also learn a lot about value and color relationships. I have to flex my art muscles to make myself a stronger artist. Everything I learn transfers well to my watermedia works. Bob Semans brought in some broken concrete and old brick he had removed from a patio at his home, along with the tool he used. This piece was challenging and satisfying.
Yesterday was a glorious sunny day, so I rode my bike to the top of Santa Teresa Park, located at the edge of my neighborhood. The park is so lovely with mountain peaks, and in about 18 minutes on my bike, I can be on a mountain in a world where nature prevails and there are no visible signs of the million people living in San Jose. I've been wanting to paint the hills during different seasons, so this was a modest start. I used my tiny Koi watercolor set and brush pen with the handle filled with water. I sat on a rock next to my bicycle and painted. I also took some reference photos of multiple scenes visible from the rock. I'm sure I was a rather amusing sight to the hikers and bike riders out getting their exercise. I found this a great way to flex both my art and body muscles.