I think I’m getting the hang of drawing stairs. I’ve been playing around with doors that are either open or closed, although at this point you can’t really tell which direction. Is the door open? Is it closed? Go upstairs if you dare and find out!
At this point I’m doing a combination of reading books, watching videos and then just winging it, as in “what will happen if I do this?” I am getting better, although I’m still a pretty miserable scrawler.
A woman at the art supply store asked me why I was trying to teach myself to draw and I told her that I write fiction, with fully developed characters and environments in my head. I want to see what those characters and places look like on paper. I want to see them, not just imagine them. I realize it’s also just something new and interesting, a skill that will take time to master, as did my writing and my musical instruments. And, my left brain really needs a break.
So, when I feel like it I color and, in the process, learn about wet and dry media, psychology and color pencil blending techniques. It’s fun, on one level and a difficult challenge on the other. I want to to draw the lines and then color them in. So, with graphite, charcoal, markers and lots of colored pencils I am venturing forth into the visual world.
Arlington has gone whole-hog on the outdoor art scene. We’ve got painted utility boxes, street festivals and art exhibits in public parks. I’m just up the street from one of those parks, Spy Pond, and visited an exhibit called “Art Rocks Spy Pond,” which is going until the end of May. It was a beautiful day, so I took my camera and came back with some lovely pics. Enjoy!
Every now and again we get a nice, spring day. Today? Well, lovely, in a word. It almost (but not entirely) made up for the days of wind, cold and rain we’ve recently had. I’m sick to death of gray skies where I don’t feel like taking one step out of the house. It’s downright depressing.
I had some time to make up for today. I’ve been missing my walks and decided to roam a bit further afield, to Menotomy Rocks park. It’s about a 20-25 minute walk from my house and nestled in a quiet neighborhood of very pretty, Victorian houses and well-tended gardens. There’s a lovely pond with a walking path around its perimeter. There are myriad other paths as well, that are about as peaceful and contemplative as you could want.
I spent a blissful hour or so walking to and from the park, then walking around the pond. There’s also an outdoor art exhibit there, sponsored by the Town and open to any and all comers.
I haven’t been to Menotomy Rocks in a few years. I remember taking my parents to it at one point and walking around the pond with my mother. She loved to walk and, like me, enjoyed parks and gardens. My dad’s a more sedentary guy and took a seat on a bench while we ambled and talked.
Urban. Can’t You Believe it?
Stairway to Heaven
Walk or Sit, It’s Up to You
Come For the Peace, Stay For the Quiet.
I finally left when my bladder had a very urgent chat with me. Damn. That’s what happens when you get older. I did manage to snag a few pics of the neighborhood on the way down, so it wasn’t a total loss.
Yes, it’s getting on to that time again – more fun with marshmallow peeps. For those of you not from the US, marshmallow peeps are chick or rabbit-shaped marshmallows in a variety of colors. They look gaudy and taste awful. Kids love them so they are de riguer for Easter.
Peeps are front and center for artists at this time of year, at least artists with a sweet tooth or a sense of humor. Actually, both. The Washington Post actually put on a peeps contest, to come up with the most interesting peep-inspired diorama. The winner for 2012? Occu-peep Washington!
But why stop there? Go visit the Washington Post and see what else peep artists have come up with!
This video is a personal favorite of mine. I repost it every few years, so everybody gets a chance to see or to remember. It’s the perfect intersection of art and science. It’s fun. It’s creative. And there’s no way I could ever figure out how to do that on my computer.
The music and the visuals are computer generated. The video was produced by AniMusic and was published in 2001. They have a few other videos, and a few CDs for sale (if they’re still in business).