Sunday, July 19, 2009

Elements... done!

Hey All... got excited about my theme and got 'er done. Kinda screwed up the water page, but the rest turned out okay! I started out with more pages then we should but everyone else can stick to two or three... ;) On its way to you Stacey! How is everyone else doing?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Five Elements

okay... I have finally thought of my theme! I am going with the 5 elements of ancient chinese philosophy: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. It leaves it pretty open to interpretation ;) I had just got back from fire practice and I am pretty much a water baby... and lately I have been experimenting with textures so this seemed like a fun theme. You could take them literally, or just incorporate one or more of these elements in your drawing... your choice! Have fun with it!

moly music theme

hey everyone!
i love all of the ideas for the book themes so far! i was just about to type about how i am having trouble coming up with a theme. usually i listen to music and draw whatever comes into my head. alas, that is my theme! for my book i'd like everyone to take the time to sit and listen to your favorite album and draw what the music inspires you to see. this can obviously be done with more than one sitting and listening to more than one album is okay too. please write down the artist, artists and/or albums that inspired your drawings. let me know what you think!
so we're using three pages front and back am i correct?
also elvia i will be sending my book to you, can you recommend a quick way to mail to mexico and send me your address please!
hope everyone is having a great day,

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Theme

I was thinking to draw and experiment with watercolors with my theme: fishes, any kinds of them one or many. Many of them have very different colors and some live in salty water, rivers, oceans, ponds etc. Some of them are ugly, or some we don't even know they exist. Or maybe you can draw your favorite fish.
What do you think?

Themes Themes Themes!

Woe is me for a theme. I still have not pinned down a Watercolor Moly. Went to two B&N's and a Border's and to my surprise they were both out! Sucks too cause I had a 25% off coupon for Borders. I'm still looking for places, but if I don't get one by tomorrow nite, I'm definitely going to have to get one via Amazon, which I'm kinda dreading right now :( I just hope it makes it in time!

As for my themes running rampant in my head, what about RAINBOWS? I was thinking we'd go the ROYGBIV route with each person gettin the next color and drawing anything they wanted as long as it was in their color sequence? Or maybe it could be a totem pole of something...i'm still liking the zombies idea, lol. But yeah, RAINBOWS ROYGBIV is still by far the leader of the pack, what do you guys think?

Alrighty, well, I'm off to go Moly hunting 2 towns over. I dunno how these places I'm hitting up don't even have a single either size?!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Theme for my notebook

Hello Everyone. I have my 5x8 watercolor book in hand, and I would like to have this theme and see your great input: How to keep a travel journal. I am open to ideas about what you do artistically, what you travel with, how you make the time to journal on your trips, and how you combine watercolor with other media like ink, gesso, or whatever your favorite media happens to be. Use as many pages as you like since I love to learn from the people in these groups.

I'll get my book ready and in the mail around August 1.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Glad to be part of the group............

Hi All,

I'm Jennifer Kraska and this will be my third group. Currently in Moly X 70 with Stacey and Portrait 5 with Claire. I live in Michigan where I work as an Industrial Designer. Currently I am the Design Manager for Cadillac Interiors. It's the most challenging and rewarding thing that I have ever done.

I think that my personal artwork is completely different from what I do at work. I draw cars during the day and birds & bugs at night. But lately people have been telling me that they can see the car in my birds. Years of programming I suppose. I'm not going to fight it anymore, just going to see what happens.

Think I managed to get into this group at the last second, but I'm sooo excited to be part of a watercolor exchange. These exchanges offer an excellent opportunity for good artistic challenge/growth.

I've decided to go with the 5x8 watercolor moly. Still working on a theme. Maybe something to with travel, we'll see...........

Sketchbook theme

So, in previous post comments I had toyed with having a CSI themed sketchbook. While I like the idea - I am not sure that I want to do that for my sketchbook - at least not at this time. I have been toying with another idea though.

I read A LOT...I always have a book in my hands. Authors like Tami Hoag, Michael Connelly, Faye Kellerman, Johnathan Kellerman, Harlan Coben, John Saul and Dean Koontz - just to name a few. My thought was to call my sketchbook - "A Picture Paints 1000 Words". What I was wanting to do was to have each person pick a book - preferably not something popular - and randomly flip through the book. Once you have landed on a spot, read the page and then draw what you see in your head. I would like for everyone to make a copy of the page that you read when you mail the book to the next person.

What do you think? Does it sound like a good idea? or a little too complicated?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hi All... and now me.

This is also exchange #3 for me. I am in x67 and portrait 5... both are fairly new groups and so far there are pretty cool. I am gonna have to make this quick as we are being invaded by flies and they are driving me nuts at the computer.

I live on a little island on the westcoast of Canada with a population of 4500 in the winter and 6000 in the summer... and I dare say a kazillion flies at the moment!
We are fixing up our boat to move on to, and plan to head off shore sailing with our two kids... hopefully next fall if all goes well.

I run my own business creating custom chalk signs. I am also a freelance illustrator/designer/artist, volunteer firefighter, mom to two little gals, wife, dog master, sailor, runner, aspiring knitter & jeweler... more hats than my closet can fit.

I love the ocean... that is my favorite place to be, either on it, in it, by it, or under it. Mountains and forests are pretty amazing too, but nothing beats salty hair and the wind in your face (and no flies there)! I am also a coffee snob, but that's for another day...

Ummm... thats about me in a nutshell. There may be more, but these... damn... flies...

Looking forward to this exchange! Watercolor is a fairly new medium for me.

hello moly_x_14ers!

hello all!
my name is allyson, i'm 30 years old and i'm in desperate need of inspiration!
i enjoy taking photographs and drawing and in a perfect world would love to do
both for a living. unfortunately i work two jobs and it's hard for me to get inspired and create
between eating, sleeping and working all the time. thus i've been turning out one drawing a month (if i'm lucky) and haven't been able to work on (or afford) to do much photography as of late. since school is not an option at the moment (no $) i'm pushing myself to learn new techniques and create more on my own. yet i am so uninspired, nothing is coming to me!! i think exposing my art to other artists and vise versa is a good start. i was so excited when i found out about this exchange on flickr. what a wonderful idea! i can't wait to see what we all come up with!

my interests at the moment are:
gardening, polaroids, tea, moleskine!, hobbits (i am reading th elord of the rings, can't stop thinking about it!), and website building

it's nice to meet you all ;)

Exchange Ideas

After reading some of the feedback, how does this sound?

1. Order of exchange: Deb to Claire to Stacey to Allyson to Elvia to Scoach to Deb.
2. We will use the watercolor notebooks. At least 3 of us will use the larger size of 5x8, but whatever you like is fine.
3. We can paint 3-4 pages like in the other exchanges. Do you want to use the back of the paper?
4. Sign your work.
5. Do you want a theme for each notebook, a theme for the entire group, or just whatever inspires us at the time? I like themes for each notebook, but that's just me.
6. We can use July to paint in our own notebook and then send out our first watercolors to the next person on August 1. If we can stick to it, we would have our notebooks back to see in early January.

Sounds like fun.