Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge: Everyday Objects

The African Urn
The new month brings a new theme for The Sketchbook Challenge.  The theme, as presented by the very talented Jane La Fazio, is "Everyday Objects".  She challenges us to take a good look around our homes and be inspired by the everyday objects the surround us.  There is a lot of philosophy about the artists eye and what we see, an artist sees things in unique and glorious ways, and it is these interpretations that add such wonder and beauty to our lives.
Stone Fruit & Berries

Nonetheless, this theme is going to be every bit the challenge for me.  As many of you know, I immerse myself in color.  It's the color and movement of art that gives me a rush, it gets my heart beating fast and captures my imagination.  Sketching objects in a way that makes them....uummmm...identifiable doesn't come as easy to me.  Often my attempts at realistic sketching look like they've been done by my five year old.  Perhaps that's why I love color so much, it hides what my skill cannot capture.

Rocking Chair








However, the original purpose of The Sketchbook Challenge was just that, to challenge artists and creatives who otherwise don't consider themselves very good 'drawers' to try new things, improve their skill and in turn evolve their style. I, along with many participants in this wonderful program take liberties with the themes and interpretations of them. It's one of the best parts of the challenge...creative license. I'm going to try to use this theme to step outside my comfort zone a little (alright...a lot) and actually 'draw' stuff.  But I know I won't be able to help myself, I'll probably throw in some of my typical color explorations. 

Chilli Peppers


I probably won't blog about all my attempts, or even post them all to the flicker group.  Even now, for every picture I show publicly, there are ten or more that never see the light of day...don't you just love the art of art??

Thanks for checking in. xx