Today is the first anniverary of my blog. And I have managed to post almost every day. It can be said that the reason for my blog is KatherineT. I became aquainted with her on Wetcanvas. I was looking thru her blog (http://makingamark.blogspot.com/) and wanted to make a comment. Well you can't unless you join blogspot. So voila, my blog.
A few of my firsts in art have been because of Katherine. The first class I participated in was Katherine's Artwork from Life. That led to my first time drawing outside, which led to my first drawing in public (a restaurant and then Barnes and Nobles Bookstore). At that time I was still trying to hide the fact I was drawing. Oh and let's not forget my first drawings from life and without a grid.
Then came my first Sketchcrawl after a heads-up from Katherine. That one was done I believe from sitting in my car, which led to several others including one which I took the two teen girls from across the street with me. (Getting braver)
And now after a year, I am drawing in public once a week. And this is in the company of several women who have been artists for quite some time and some even teachers. At these outings, which are always in public view, we also have a "gentle critique". They were going to hold back on critiquing me, but I told them I am an adult and they were to go for it. I had already cut my teeth on gentle critique and much helpful advice from Wetcanvas. All very much appreciated.
Now that I am a seasoned, daily Wetcanvas and Katherine's blog follower, what lies in my future for next year? More blogging apparently. More colored pencil. Hopefully some painting in watercolor. (one of the plein air ladies has offered to let me borrow her 15 instructional tapes.) And now that I have joined a local art association, more plein air trips, participation in workshops and classes, and involvement in the local art community.
You notice that I did not say more Wetcanvas time ( I don't really think there is more time to spend there). That is because I spend so much time there already that I don't get much artwork done. So I will say less Wetcanvas and more working at art.
So Happy Anniversary to my blog. Thank you Katherine and to all who have helped me along the way.
The above drawing is my latest for the Pet Portrait thread. Buster who owns Wetcanvas' Bigs/Sue. This is an ATC and has been mailed to Sue in Australia. And I had better get busy with the next. Buster's mate Maggie will get jealous if I don't draw her.