Day 8: Art Resolutions-Fading holiday

Art Resolutions is a 2015 self-imposed charge to create an artistic study each day for a year. Welcome to Day 8.

The samurai will have to wait. I looked at him this morning and made my apologies and a promise that I would draw him again. A large, clear round paper weight beckoned to me on the window sill. After the touch of bittersweet wash in yesterday’s study, I found it difficult to think only in shades of grey. Color began seeping into every object I considered drawing. The paperweight proved an unsatisfying subject, even with lavender and ocean washes. Shadows kept changing with each layer of wash. I left it for a few hours and began to add pencil over the washes. The pencil did not revive my orb. Maybe I will return to it with pen on another day.

In a state of mild frustration, I began to notice the afternoon light on the fading holiday  decorations–especially, the bay leaf garlands. The lovely curved leaves with a a dulled celadon and amethyst shadows. I looked around at the holly berries in low light and they turned rust and garnet. I can see pencil textures pull the garland into the foreground. I see this garland as a border for a journal cover or maybe the background of a future biographic painting. Or…



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 8: Art Resolutions-Fading holiday

  1. Judy says:

    Nice!!!! Love this one.

  2. Mary says:

    Oh, I love this!

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