089:365 Amaryllis Bud

089:365 Amaryllis Bud

This entry is being written a day late. This is the drawing that I meant to do yesterday but didn’t do until tonight.

In a private lesson, we’ve been looking at famous artists. We started with Van Gogh, whose sunflowers are bright and shiny, though they don’t bloom until Summer or Autumn. Then last week and this, we’ve been looking at Georgia O’Keeffe whose beautiful fields of varied color create abstracted floral forms. Her work is somewhat less approachable for Young Learners, but with the segue of looking first at Van Gogh’s recognizable, if distorted images, her work makes a good entry into looking at color blending, mixing, and theory.

Working with these drawings as well as reading through the collected letters I mentioned a day or two ago, I find inspiration in how O’Keeffe looked at the world. In photo, macro is one of my favorite ways of looking, and so perhaps now is time to explore the beauty of macro more extensively in these drawings.

Years ago, I made an attempt at drawing an amaryllis as it began growing, but the results were far from satisfactory. This more abstract version feels nicer, but because of my current focus on O’Keeffe’s work, it also feels somewhat derivative. Hopefully, derivative or not, you the viewer find some beauty in these marks on paper.

Inspiration Amaryllis Bud

088:365 Rays from Heaven

088:365 Rays from Heaven

Inspired by the intensely varied early spring weather. Call me crazy, because it is still COLD here, but my, how I’ve missed seasons!

Should probably have left out the trees, but felt like there needed to be something else to give the picture weight and direction.

It may not actually be a finished drawing. The yellow glow of the clouds doesn’t satisfy me yet either.

087:365 Dancing in Light

087:365 Dancing in Light

What is different about today’s drawing? Any guesses?

That’s right, it’s a lefty!

Gracie fell asleep on my right hand, and it was getting late so, without thinking I started the drawing left-handed. It took 5 minutes before I realized why it felt funny.

Is that a sign?

Inspired by today’s beautiful sunny sky, but not drawn from my photos of said invocation of the Hudson River School or Dutch Masters.

Tomorrow? Maybe?

085:365 Visualizing Spring

085:365 Visualizing Spring

In Marching Band, I was in the flag corps. We would “visualize” our routines sometimes to help us practice. We’d sit in a circle, close our eyes, and imagine our bodies and our flags in perfect unison.

Today was a nice day, but it wasn’t the Platonic ideal of vernal weather. A little too cold, a little too sharp, not quite damp enough, at least to correlate with my internal vision of Spring.

But I suppose it would feel like winter still to someone from Northern California, and like a foreign country to someone from LA.

This is a drawing inspired by long bus-rides through the Spanish country-side as it filled with poppies during spring.

077:365 Red Red Robin

077:365 Red Red Robin

The red robin, in honor of the first day of spring.

Use this song to teach EFL students about seasons, especially spring. And about feelings, and about animals. And just to get them interested.

Used it today, and we folded some origami birds. This collage idea we might use next week.

Here’s the song