A Blog Review and Some of My iPad Artworks

Painting of woman in green top
“Pause for Thought”       I used a light brown, woven look surface to paint on, in the “Art Set Pro” app.

Hi, back from my blogging break, and back on my facebook artist page – my blog posts are publicised to there. I enjoyed the summer holidays, catching up on family time…drawing, painting, reading, jotting down notes, ideas, poem lines; and researching inkjet/ giclee printing, and making some of my own – good fun! – I’ll share a post about this soon.

Oh and of course house work; like to keep things ship shape at home. I often find the cleaning mode, is also good creative thinking time; which is just as well – with our family of four boys (young men now), there’s always been plenty of that to do! As you will note, below, in a page from my (hand made) “Mother as Writer” Book,

Drawing with words
Hmm, may have shared this here before, I know I have on my facebook artist page. 🙂 It’s a scanned in drawing, which I’ve added more work on in an art app, think it was “Art Set Pro”, and words on in “Book Creator” app.

It was great to get some “Inktense” pencils for Christmas. Lovely as they are, I found I continued to splash around on my iPad, most of the time. It’s just so quick; no set up time – I don’t have a studio, so this is such a help. I still love my traditional media, but my iPad art has become more important to me, than I ever thought it would.

Blog Review

I’ve really enjoyed my first year of blogging.

For this year, my aims stay much the same as those, I state on my page “About”.

Watercolour of woman's face
This is my scanned in Inktense watersoluble pencil drawing.
Women's face in watercolour
This is the scanned in, Inktense pencil drawing, now in the “Art Set Pro” app. After I added more paint, pencil and words, I cropped it in iPhotos.

This past year, I’ve laid down some foundational posts and pages on: drawing, writing  – mainly about haiku and haiga, and primarily about my iPad (or android tablet) art and traditional art. I’ve also posted many of my illustrated haiku, from my handmade book, “Poems from Home”; with still more to share. I’m yet to get far with turning my handmade books into ebooks, using the “Book Creator” app; mainly due to lack of time – but I’ll persevere.

For me, (and no doubt, for many of you): God and family comes first, then my art, writing and most other things have to fit in-between – and that’s fine.

Now I have in place, on my blog, plenty of “info”  – a handy abbreviation, which also has it’s own spot, in the Oxford Dictionary – I hope to spend more of that in-between time, on my art, and words – mainly poems. So my posts will be shorter, (hmm, though not this one) 🙂 unless, of course, I relay some information that requires a lengthy post.
There’ll be still lots of pics, may be even more; and as usual, sometimes process pics, and some details on the captions underneath the artworks.

Pears in pastel
Again, in just about my favourite app, “Art Set Pro”. Once more, using those lovely smudge tools, and oil pastel and paint.

I like to mostly expound on the practical side of my art, in my blog writing; and hope my art and poems, present, or at the least point to, my love for God, family, everyday things…..

Soft focus of woman's face
Used paint, pencil, charcoal and the lovely smudge tools, in the “Art Set Pro” app.

I hope to post some videos this year of me, (at least my finger) drawing/painting on my iPad. My “camera man”, my youngest son, is off to University this year, but he’s shown me how to perch my good old iPad mini, (use an iPad air 2 now) so I can do the filming. I think I’m too busy for the “empty nest” syndrome, but, I’ll sure miss him. Mind you, they leave, and come back, thankfully, and leave and so on…

Lemon painting
Paint, white texta, smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app. Hmm, may crop more off the top of this pic.

I’ll share more of those quick videos, which show the drawing/painting processes unfold.

Vase with fern
I began this with paint on canvas, scanned it in with the handy “Scanner Pro” app, and added more paint and some pencil, and used the smudge tools in “Art Set Pro”.

I’ll still post fortnightly, and a little more often, if time permits. I am reachable for comments, on blog pages and on my facebook artist page, just not on posts. The “Whys” and “Wherefores” I’ve recently stated on my comment policy, whch is findable on my tag list, on my blog.

One of the main reasons I started blogging is I may be a help to you in your own art adventures. I certainly have found some great blogs, and bloggers, who help and inspire me!

Blogging – and I’ve even got used to the sound of this not so attractive word – continues to be a great way to record and share my creative adventures – with the opportunity to eventually, turn parts of it into a book -good fun!

Landscape drawing
An imaginary scene, painted in the “Art Set Pro” app. The white texta, helps make a vivid white.
Ink drawing of woman
This work I began in an app called “Crayon Style” and put the grey/black wash on in “Art Set Pro”.

Look forward to this year, in all ways; but aspire to live, one day at at a time.

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Matthew 6:34 KJV

Painting of woman in an orange top.
This on a brown woven surface in”Art Set Pro”. Used paint, coloured pencil, smudge tools.

You may notice I use the media in “Art Set Pro” a lot – it’s just so easy to use and such naturalistic media! There are others I really like, and will be experimenting more with them – given time.  I’ve dipped into “Auryn Ink” a bit more lately, and it is certainly worth investigating further. I count my blessings for all my art and writing opportunities.

There’s a few more works, I did on my blogging break – will post them soon.

Drawing from observation; learning to “see” is vital in learning to draw. I’ve stressed this point in drawing classes I’ve given. However, I tend to lately, especially with the “faces” I draw, to work more from memory and imagination. I think, just a bit of poetic licence and whimsy, is of course also a part of the drawing experience. With so many (hmm, shan’t say how many) 😉 years of drawing experience behind me, I also feel more confident to do this.

Hope you get to do some drawing and/or painting this week: whether on paper, canvas, iPad or android tablet!

Thanks for stopping by.

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