February 12, 2017

Plein Air….Sports


I have used Windows Live Writer as my blogging editor since 2010.  I loved it and it was intuitive and Free!  But Windows dropped supporting it back in Oct 2015, which left me in a bind.   I posted a few posts thru blogger in 2016, but found it cumbersome and lacked much of the functionality that I enjoyed with Live Writer.

I am happy that Live Writer went open source and there are people out there that have figured out a way to make this work for your average non-html code writer like me.  I’m back to blogging and will be posting picture/drawings here that I drew last year but was unable to post.    If you follow me on Instagram you will be familiar with some of the drawings.  Since my head likes to keep things organized and I have missed this way of indexing my art.  I will be posting them now with my notes about the process.

Here goes…

I was getting stir crazy to draw after Christmas last year and found my way onto some competitive wind-surfing sites.  So….I did what I do and drew a picture from my computer monitor.


Ideally I would’ve rather drawn these in person….or better yet…wind-surfed myself.
But alas, since I haven’t wind-surfed since my late 20’s, I don’t think I would’ve been up for the physical challenge…so that left me with the mental challenge.


Every time I sit down to watercolor things like this, I picture beautiful and whimsical watercolor paintings, where you catch a glimpse of small details thru the way the colors of watercolor have been absorbed onto the paper!…..Well, that’s what I pictured…but what happens in real-time….. details…..I start drawing in all those little details.


When I come to terms with the fact that detail-painting seems to be my style… I’ll take a shot at something like this.  I find that I can relax amongst all those angles, features and components.  And....change the color of my bike in an instant, haha.


When my instagram feed was loaded with images like this during the Summer Olympic Trials last July……Again….my head saw more flowy-colors and swirling-whimsy…but my hand drew details.


So…for this drawing I girded myself to just go-for-the-detail and not worry about recreating a whimsy-watercolor piece.


And to close… a simpler piece from a few years ago…that I took out and touched up last year…..Detail-Apparent!

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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden