May 28th, 2017
I went to Cuba a couple of years ago and this drawing is of the Plaza de San Francisco. The white marble fountain is called Fuente de los Leones (fountain of lions) and it was carved by Giuseppe Gaggini in 1836.
As I watched, a woman, dressed in white with a white umbrella, led a group of people and children past the fountain. I wondered if she was of the Santeria religion and was in her final year of her initiation, as the bride of the Oricha.
Cuba is a fascinating place and I will be drawing more scenes to remind me of my trip and the Cuban culture.
Learning to Draw
I finally found an instructor that could teach me to draw and I think it's because we share the same philosophy about not worrying about making mistakes and not to try to be perfect. He helps me to simplify my lines (especially when drawing people) but I think I need to simplify even more when rendering buildings.
But, I am having FUN! And that's the point!
His name is James Richards and he teaches "Sketching the Energy of Places" on www.Craftsy.com. Here is my affiliate link for 25% off his class. If you want to brush up on your drawing skills, or start drawing for the first time, I highly recommend him.
I printed out some of my photos from my trip to Cuba and am starting to draw these as well. It's a great way to go back in time and remember those scenes and feelings of the day.
Feathers & Trims!
Just returned from NYC -- my home town. Couldn't leave without visiting Mood but on the way, I found this store that just sold feathers and trims. Seriously? NYC has everything you would ever want. And, displayed with an artist's eye for color and composition. Now I want to learn how to make hats!
I've been having a great time experimenting with stamping inks on mailing tags with some stencils. I'm leaning this technique from Marjie Kemper in her Craftsy class "Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. I really like working small!
If you want to work along with me, here's a link that will save you 25% on her class.
Disclosure: yes, if you use this link and enroll, I will get a couple of bucks. But even if I couldn't offer you this discount, I would still recommend her class! It's just fun and stressless!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!