More January Pears

Wow!  January is almost over, so I thought I'd better post a few more of these pear drawings before we launch in to February (and a new word) on Monday.

I've been having a great time with this subject and have tried out lots of different ways to represent one thing.

My favorite may be this stamp I carved last weekend - it just came out so perfectly blocky - and yet it's so clear what it is!

I stamped a bunch on thick paper and handed them out as little treats at work. 

I spent Friday night this week trying out a variety of water-soluble coloring methods that I have in my art supplies kit.

Water colors, ink, water soluble crayons, gouache, etc.

While I'm not wild about the results, it was still fun to play around with how these materials work - and how they work together.  I was going to just stick with one medium for each pear.

But then I just ended up using them all here and there.   Which I think is more successful anyway.

And then last but not least, I've been plunking away in my sketchbook which has been including a lot of pears.

Overall I have found this to be a most pleasing exercise.  And I could have done so much more with it, but given time and so many other competing interests - here we are.

Check in next week as I'll have the February theme posted along with some new drawings to go with it!  Hope you're staying warm and dry...

A Subject Each Month: Pear

Well, now that the New Year is well underway, I was thinking about ways to keep content on the blog engaging for both me and the readers.  

Pears Doodle

Pears Doodle

I'm ever-inspired by one of my very favorite artists Lisa Congdon who is, I believe, the queen of consistency and challenging herself to new things via her blog.  Among many other projects, she's documented her collections; written something in different handwriting and posted daily for a year; and challenged herself this year to a painting a week in blue.

Scratchy pen pear

Scratchy pen pear

So I've decided to pick one subject for each month and try new ways to draw, paint, scribble, doodle, splat, collage or do whatever with that thing.

Splatty Rotten Pears Doodle

Splatty Rotten Pears Doodle

January's subject, as you may have already figured out, is PEAR.

Prickly Pear?

Prickly Pear?

I've started out the easy way - drawing the way I know how to draw.  

Pear Tree - sans Partridge

Pear Tree - sans Partridge

Generally very graphic and blocky at least in my sketchbook.  

Pear Portraits - Work in Progress

Pear Portraits - Work in Progress

I did try that scratchy kind of thing (up above) which while not brilliant, was still fun to do and I learned a little something.

Pear painting tutorial from www.growcreative.blogspot.com

Pear painting tutorial from www.growcreative.blogspot.com

I'll certainly try out some tutorials and share them and the results with you here - and I'll just see where it takes me.

http://clintonhobart.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/pear-demo.html

http://clintonhobart.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/pear-demo.html

You might be wondering how I generated the list.  Frankly, it was random.  I picked things that I knew would be easy for me to draw - so the challenge would be to find new ways to draw them.  (PEAR is a good example.)

And then I've picked some things that I think might be really hard to draw, but it will be an exercise in exploring new territory and subject matter.  It will get me to dig deeper and push myself to be a better artist in lots of ways.

My word of the year.

My word of the year.

SO - I won't give you the list for the whole year because it will be more fun if it's a surprise and I might change my mind on some things part way through.  But I will say that after I made the list, I saw Lisa's 31-days of Drawing on CreativeBug and had to chuckle at how many subjects I had actually  picked that were in common with her list.  

Lisa Congdon's Class brochure with Creativebug

Lisa Congdon's Class brochure with Creativebug

I love these little examples she's shown and I hope that this exercise I've set up for myself pushes me into new ways of thinking, drawing and working that I haven't done before.   In any case, stay tuned.  This should be good.

Welcome!!

Hello!  You've successfully arrived at the new Orange Sweater Design website blog!  I'm really excited to have this new platform where I'll be able to easily showcase my most recent work; display work in process; and even offer my available paintings up for sale!   I hope you'll come back and visit often as I'll be looking forward to keeping things fresh and up-to-date on a regular basis.

Blue Daisies from above

Blue Daisies from above

In the meantime, please feel free to look around as there are several new pages you'll be able to peruse easily, including 'Day to Day work' showcasing my work in process; 'Available Artwork' - pieces for sale; and 'Latest' which will show my most recently completed pieces.

A joyful summer-like snippet to keep things fresh in these winter months.

A joyful summer-like snippet to keep things fresh in these winter months.

I think you'll find the look more fresh and relevant, which is great for an Artist's website.  For my part it will be much easier to consistently update imagery, keep the website looking great, and blog on a regular basis without as much time and effort involved.

Pendant-o-rama

Pendant-o-rama

And with that I'll send out a giant THANK YOU for stopping by and the three years of support you've given me so far.  Happy New Year!