Another chalk sign (happy, happy)
I started chalking another sign this week. First one since the Sugarfoot sign. Hope to finish this one next week… two more to draw after that!
Little peeks as they progress on twitter.com/HeidiFuchtman.
Have a great weekend! (10-year-old slumber party birthday tonight at this crazy house…)
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Shhh. I’m testing out my new shop.
Considering making the switch. Loving the change so far… for many reasons. If I decide I like it, I’ll add more work (new work!) and sweeten up the design.
What do you think? Yes?
Daily Sketches // 1-7
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My Paint September
*** I wrote this about my painting ups and downs. It’s long… but I want to remember this month! So I guess it’s a selfish post. Skip the words if you’d like! Images are just quick snapshots of paintings with my phone, so quality and colors are a little goofy on some. ***
After #DrawingAugust, many artists pushed on to #PaintSeptember, and I had to do it. I haven’t painted much since college and especially not much since having children, so I decided to give it a go.
The painting below originally had a whole ring of flowers in the center, but I ended up painting over them, leaving just the one and scratching through the paint with the end of my brush until came up with this. I’ve been thinking about a line in Beloved by Toni Morisson: ”… Beloved wants to know if there are flowers in the dark.”
The was happy by the progress I made with my drawings in August, and I hoped for the same with my paintings in September. But I had to bear the embarrassment of posting so many of my failings.
And there were many.
I tried to loosen up and experiment, so I worked on these cheap miniature canvases so I could feel free to try and fail. Which I did, like I said. A lot. The paintings I did range in size from 2x3 up to 6x6.
After painting the coffee mug on the right below, I wanted to quit. Ten days of painting and feeling “meh” each time was discouraging. I went to bed that night determined to chuck the acrylics & canvases out the window and return to my pen and gouache for the rest of the month.
After saying so on Twitter, one painter who works in acrylic (Ruth Gray, her work is amazing) told me, “Acrylics are wonderful but you got to be quick…” And I remembered another painter (Dr. J Pradissitto, love the rich watercolor work she posts) suggested a wider brush to someone else.
So I decided I couldn’t quit just yet, and I banged my head on my desk for about 15-30 minutes (no joke, ask Andy). Then I painted this:
"Wow. Impressive, Heidi." I know. Ugly, and the perspective of the jar is so wrong and squat and really, wow. But this ugly little painting marks a turning point in acrylics for me this month, and really since I first ever tried them.
I don’t know if anyone else can see this transition. But when I started working fast with a wide brush, I also started using thick amounts of paint without fear of them smearing into each other when applied on top of each other. I wasn’t always pleased with my paintings, but I started to learn something from each one.
I even found the courage to try painting my very first acrylic self-portrait:
The next painting of my stovetop was fun to do, and the painting after that might be one of my favorites (also probably my quickest): my tangled headphones as they sat on my desk when I was trying to figure out what to paint. So I worked my way through the rest of #PaintSeptember, grateful for the encouragement of artists on Twitter. Who knew.
I’m so happy to have made it through all 30 days, and now I’m glad to set the acrylics & canvas aside. I could only paint at night after the kids were in bed, because those acrylics really can’t be out and about with those crazy cats roaming free. And painting at night meant missing bedtime… and subsequently my morning workout. So back to my pens and watercolor/gouache washes that fit better into the nooks & crannies of my days.
I’m sticking with these Twitter artists though. Several of them have moved on to #PrintOctober, and it’s killing me not to try that (oh my gosh). But like I said, I need to get back into my routine. So I’m on to #TheDailySketch with many of the same artists and several new. The online community of artists I keep finding is so generous! I’m amazed by that.
Someday I might just come back to these acrylics though. I sort of miss the bits of paint under my fingernails at the end of the day…
I did it. 30 paintings in September. More on Twitter @HeidiFuchtman now. Been dying to write about it here and hope to soon! Check out the #PaintSeptember gallery… so many fantastic, supportive artists.
My day just got so much better. This huge guy just raced right by me and my laptop out on the patio.
Last two #DrawingAugust (self-portrait drawn upside down) & first two #PaintSeptember.
#DrawingAugust days 26-29. Down to the last two… Going to miss it, but excited for #PaintSeptember!
Only six more #drawingaugust days to go. If you haven’t checked it out on Twitter, go this week! The variety of work from hundreds of #drawingaugust artists is beautiful.
One Sunday this summer
The kids went back to school this week and as difficult as it was for me to juggle everything this summer (I mean, really difficult), it’s hard for me to let it go now. We did so many fun things…
Our family loves walking along the river downtown. One Sunday we all climbed around on rocks, held hands, skipped rocks, and made up games. I take fewer pictures now during times like this. I realized (again) that the pressure to capture the moment forever with my camera rarely allows me to actually experience the moment. This has always been a tendency of mine, but I get better at recognizing it and tucking the camera away so I can crawl around on the rocks, too!
During the quieter moments on the walk back to the car, I did snap quick shots of a few of the old downtown buildings with my phone. I find them endlessly fascinating. Photo #2 is the old empty Courier building, photo #3 is the El Mecca Club next to the historic Russell Lamson, photos #1, #4, & #5 are all the same building:
#DrawingAugust on Twitter!
Only 10 days left… and 0 days left of summer vacation. :(
People being fun in public… gets me every time.
More #DrawingAugust on Twitter (@HeidiFuchtman)