100 Day Project: Days 26-30

I did not make it back on the bandwagon. I tried to carve time out each day but it just didn’t happen. Religiously, I had the paper and pencil out, and the idea chosen each and every day. But either no time showed itself or when it did, I was too drained to give it a go. Rather than stress out over it, I’ve decided that my goal is no longer 100 days in a row. I simply wouldn’t succeed (indeed, I had already failed!). I am not even sure if my goal is to finish 100 drawings this year, like I hope it is. I only know that between a sick cat for the last few weeks (she maybe is actually better; that is, until she goes in for her balloon dilation), working extra with Boy, doing TAST, a colored pencil course, and other planned events, something had to go. Alas, pencil and paper, I choose you.

26. nada :/

27. My Maya cat was in the pet hospital for a few days getting diagnosed with nasopharyngeal stenosis. We were all so happy to have her home! Just wish the two little girls would learn to stay still long enough for me to sketch them properly!!

28. We had a lovely wet snowfall that coated everything so magically. This little evergreen was a gift from one of the shopkeeps down the hall from the candy store. She heard I collect “orphans” and plant them in my yard. I’ve only had this little one for a few months, but so far, so good!

And that is all I have to show you. Boo.

Colored Pencil Techniques 3

Class 3 taught us a little more practice in blending. Tonight we chose a light color and paired it with a darker color. The goal was simply to work on smooth blending from dark shade to light.

Here is a steady yellow layered by a fading orange.

And here is a steady light purple layered by a brownish red.

Then we were given this photocopy of Tom’s work to mimic. I felt better about this than I did the pumpkin pepper from last week – I think because there were clearer color variations that also matched pretty well with my colored pencils. Or, maybe I am just getting the swing of things. But either way, I went undaunted.

I sketched my pear, then added my colors. I was a little frustrated with getting it to look realistic but then Tom suggested I use baby oil. Honestly, I don’t think I’d be enjoying colored pencils as much as I am without this tip. Instantly, my image came to life. I do wish we had more time in class because I wasn’t finished and hurried through to pretend I was once I realized the time.

Not perfect, but with only 4.5 hours invested so far total in colored pencils, I’d say pretty darn stellar!

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 9

I completed the blanket I have been working on, so I will post that separately once I get some nice photos. I took several already, but this cave-house of mine irks me to no end with lighting! I must wait for either a sunnier day or Boy’s help. (On our recent spectacularly warm sunny day, I spent it all outdoors raking acorn and twig debris off my backyard, loosening the bare dirt beneath, and tossing on grass seed, followed by a good soapy + windex-y window washing inside and out all around! Yes, today’s muscles regret that.)

I cheat a little, too, today because I only finished last week’s TAST earlier this afternoon, but I pre-dated it to yesterday here on the blog to keep organized (I don’t want to include a finished project in my WIP posts).

And that brings us to today’s WIP, which is this week’s TAST – the cretan stitch! I have it all planned out and will hopefully make good progress on it before the weekend. This is a brand new stitch to me so I am super excited to practice it!