dream catcher in progress

work-in-progress-dreamcatcherIt has been a while but I have begun to create some art again at long last. This is a digital work using a variety of brush types in my new Corel Painter 2017 program. There is a huge learning curve for me to work my way through. It is an extraordinary program that functions somewhat differently than Photoshop which I have been using…far superior… I believe… with regards to the painting possibilities. This old brain seems to balk at change but I am getting the hang of it.


Watercolors Resurrected

I dusted off the watercolors after a very long absence from usage.  I had, out of curiosity, watched a U-Tube video on the “pouring” technique for creating backgrounds and became inspired to give it a go.DSCN0482

I used red, blue, and yellow for three separate pourings after the masking fluid had dried on the deer, grouse and grasses.  I am pleased with the results so far.  I haven’t got a clue on how to proceed further, however, the main goal was to try out pouring watercolor as a technique so it still feels like a success.

Sketching Fire Sketchbook Challenge Update

Here’s a peek at what’s happening at the  Sketching Fire Sketchbook Challenge.  This week’s theme is season and I chose to go in the direction of how I love to season my food.  So far I seem to be the sole participant…sigh.  For those who may be wondering, I went to a random word generating site to collect a long list of theme word to post.  I created scads of “scheduled posts” all at one time when I started the challenge.  Needless to say I have forgotten the words on the list by now so it is great fun even for me to discover the word of the week to work on in my sketchbook.sketching fire season

Sketching Fire Sketchbook Challenge: digging

Once a week on Friday the title of my post will be the “theme” for the week of creativity. For example this week’s theme is “digging”.

Take your time to determine the direction, interpretation and the many nuances of the word of the theme word.  It is all relative to the individual…take it where you want it to go, let it breathe and grow…let it burst into flame.  Begin to develop your sketchbook for the challenge whenever you are ready.  There is no limit to the number of sketchbook pages devoted to the theme of the week…create as many or as few as you wish.  Post your themed sketchbook entry on your blog either as you go so we can follow the process or in one marvelous giant sweeping post at the end of the week….always be sure to drop in here to post a link to your sketchbook entry in the comments of the week’s theme.   That way we can all find you and celebrate your creative fire.

My own sketchbook will be digital using a Cintiq tablet and Photoshop. BUT:   Please do not feel limited to the digital medium.  Traditional sketchbooks in their many, many facets are just fine and fantastic in fact.

The Goal of this challenge is to develop each our own sketchbook journal filled with brilliant glowing creativity, to light up the blank pages with creative fire, to inspire and motivate each other and celebrate each other’s baby steps into shared artistic expression.

I have started this separate blog to host the Sketching Fire Challenge as well as to serve as my digital sketchbook.  My original blog Eldy’s Art will continue to be a showcase of completed projects…and some new ones which will grow out of these sketchbook pages.  I invite all budding artists to join me in this quest for greater creativity.