Botanical

November 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a while since I posted. I've been lost. I've been trying to narrow down a method to my art. Questions I've had were what should I draw? What medium should I focus on? What style should I create in? And more. I'd spent over two years trying to create with ink, watercolor, wax pastel, oil pastel, soft pastel, oil paint, acrylic paint, pencil, digital on the computer, digital on the iPad, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, inktense pencils and block,  on and on. I enjoyed it all so it wasn't a waste of time by any means. But I did and do want a focus.

I turned to youtube again -I'd been watching loads of youtube art tutorials already- but this time I typed in -I'm lost-. I was lucky and got two really great videos on being lost. Apparently I'm not the only one. The videos helped me understand it was okay to feel lost. And that it's a good thing in the sense that at least I'm still trying.

Next I watched youtube videos on following a passion, because I hadn't been able to find one in two years. In a way art is my passion, but that's a very wide category, for me anyway. I like to focus a lot tighter than that. What I learned from watching those videos is that if you're struggling to find a passion, or have tried and can't find one, choose something you like, or don't mind doing, and become passionate about it.

I've always loved being outside in nature, although I don't want to paint or photograph landscapes. I love plants, flowers, love to grow them, and have a veggie garden every year -have to point out that I do not have a green thumb, but enjoy it anyway. So I have decided to focus on botanicals. 

I found a book called Flora by DK at Costco and bought it. It looks really interesting! I also found on Amazon a book called Flower Color Guide by Darroch Putman and Michael Putman. It's got 400 flowers, each flower large on a page by itself, flowers arranged by color. I also bought on Amazon Color Me Floral: Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season by Kiana Underwood and Nathan Underwood. This last book hasn't arrived yet but it looked really interesting.

I've got a long and exciting journey ahead of me learning about plants and how to illustrate them. I don't feel lost any longer though, Whew!

 

Very simple, but a beginning!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

xoxoxo


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