Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Drawing a Day - 30 Day Challenge


Back in 2010 a friend of ours, Becca J traveled to London, England to study there for a semester. Since Becca’s family and ours both lived in New London, Minnesota; both of us are artists, and Becca took private art lessons from me while she was growing up, we decided to write (as much as possible) a daily blog together - Becca from London and me from New London. We called it: ‘A Painting a Day, An Ocean Away.’ My kids were still in high school, so I didn’t always have time to draw, and Becca was busy studying, so it didn’t end up being the everyday thing we had envisioned, but we tried…

After all these years I have decided to revisit this drawing-a-day idea. I need to sharpen my drawing skills, and daily drawing is a good habit for any artistic person. Good drawing skills are the foundation of any creative, artistic adventure you are interested in. Since I want to be successful on this drawing journey, I decided to set out boundaries and guidelines for myself – after all, I am an artist and can get distracted, or even veer off on a totally new tangent without even looking back…

I decided to share these guidelines for you on both my blog and my website. I hope they will help you decide to take this adventure too. Here are some tips to get you started:

 I have decided to do my daily drawing for 30 days. Hopefully, during those 30 days, I will have started a habit, and it will go for the rest of my life. That is my intent anyway. Since my husband is a pastor and Sundays are our days of rest, I will not be drawing on Sundays but will be ‘back at it’ Monday through Saturday. The nice thing about drawing is that you can take a pencil and notepad with you wherever you go and do some sketching.

  • o        Here is a very quick sketch I did at a coffee house: 
The next thing I need is an organized studio space I will not be doing all of my drawing in my studio, but it just makes me feel better to organize first. When I am in the middle of a project, my studio space ALWAYS gets disorganized!!!!! So, to clear my mind, and get rid of at least one of the typical distractions, I organize. 
  • I then need to decide
    • practice-only, or
    • finished drawings for paintings, or maybe 
    • some doodle art for coloring pages?
    • All three?
    • For me, I feel I need to some of each of those three kinds of drawings. But I need a plan. (That is a later step.)
  • For me, I feel I need to some of each of those three kinds of drawings. But I need a
    plan. (That is a later step.)
  • My next step it to gather supplies together in one place. What do I need?
    •  Paper? Canvas?
    • Drawing tools?
    • Drawing boards?
    • Easels?
    • Pencils?
    • Pens?
    • Pastels
    • Watercolor Pencils?
    • Ink?
    • Paint Brushes?
    • Pictures?
    • Still Life Ideas?
  • After deciding on and gathering the supplies I will be needing, I am now ready to create a theme, a list, or just plain ideas to draw... This may take some research and time, but It’s worth being prepared.
  • Walk around and make a list of still life ideas – inside and outside
  • Check out and print off photographs you’ve taken that you have always wanted to draw or paint.
  • Check out online animals, buildings, landscapes, etc. If you use any of these for final drawings or paintings, make sure they are copyright free.
  • Brainstorm your own ideas.
  • Make sure you photograph or scan your challenge. Keep a file of your drawings.
  • After a month go back and look at your beginning drawings and compare them with the drawings you created at the end of your 30 days. You will be amazed how much you better you have gotten!  This will be an encouragement to continue drawing on a daily basis - especially since you are now in the habit of doing it! 😊
  • I need accountability!!!! Here are some ideas on how to make yourself accountable:
  • Ask someone, or a group of friends to do this challenge with you.
  • Ask someone if you can check in with them daily, or weekly.
  • Blog about your challenge.
  • Post it on your social media sites.
  •  Now all you need to do is draw…

Feel free to post your drawings under the comments. I will be posting drawings from our Creating Art Together Group once a week for the next month. 


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Spring, O Spring, O Spring, O Spring!


Now, I love winter with all its beauty, sparkle and wonder. But spring with its sunshine, warm breezes, and gentle rain always leaves me wanting... This time of year I start looking forward to flowers and planting season. Of course, I love the return of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and all the critters too. I am so glad I live in an area where we experience the change of seasons. 

Dragonflies! Who doesn't love them? A few years back I did a dragonfly series.  I have decided to no longer do many art fairs. I will still do our area's Studio Hop and possibly Celebrate Art, Celebrate Coffee, but am in much need of a break. The problem is, I can't keep all the artwork I create. My solution...sell it online for all of you to have an opportunity to purchase it. From time to time I may just give a piece for free. Check my website and sign up for my newsletter for that opportunity  violetdauk.com. Most of my original dragonfly paintings have sold but for some reason, my top two print and note card sellers haven't sold. Hmmmmm.... here's your chance 😍













Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Farm Fresh Free Range Chicken Eggs :)

I should have added this picture of our basket of eggs. We love having our own chickens and eating and using the wonderful eggs for meals and baking. These eggs are right out of the nest boxes.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Coyote - Yikes!!!!!!!!

We have been having a bit of a coyote problem. Now we live in Minnesota, and not really in the boondocks or anything like that! We are not far from town and have three neighbors on our lane. 

Two weeks ago, about 7:00 in the evening, David was out in the yard and the coyote ran through. Yikes, that was pretty creepy. This past week, we heard the chickens making a ruckus about 3:00 in the afternoon and sure enough there was the coyote again. It snatched a chicken - leaving a trail of feathers behind as it escaped!!!!!!! Two days ago, at 1:30 in the afternoon, David was pulling weeds in the garden and there it was - 50 feet from him - after the chickens again! David was yelling at it and it just stood there and stared him down. This coyote is a bit too brave for my blood!!! 

We have now been putting the chickens out in the morning to free-range and shooing them back in by 1:00 in the afternoon. They're not too happy about it, but better that than dead! 


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bookmaking Process - Meeting

I took a plein air class  two weeks ago with a number of local artists. Attending the class was Andre' Nelson, the grandson of an artist friend of mine, Pat Nelson. Andre' has illustrated a couple of self-published books. Since I am in the process of illustrating three children's books, I asked him if we could meet to discuss the process. Another friend's 13 year old son, Noah is in the process of writing his own book and went along with me. The information was encouraging and helpful. He is presently working on illustrating a fourth book.

As a thank you to Andre' and good luck on your new book! I thought I would share his facebook art page so you can follow the progress of his new book. Thanks Andre'!

Andre' Nelson Art

https://www.facebook.com/AndreNelsonArt/?fref=ts

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

En Plein Air Painting Class

En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air".

I took an 'en plein air' painting class with Dan Mondloch this past week. It has always seemed pretty intimidating to me, but it was an excellent class. I was not able to stay to paint, but did some en plein air painting while I was up at a friend's cabin this past week.














Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Paintings

Yea, I sold two paintings today. Bethesda, a nursing home in Willmar is building a rehab wing. Our arts council director, Janet Olney, asked them if they would be interested in purchasing local art. They were and bought art from a number of local artists. Thanks Bethesda and Janet.

These are the two paintings they purchased.

Anthony and Ben Fishing
22x26 - Watercolor


Gradpa’s Chair
22x26 - Watercolor




Everyone Wants to be a Mom Continued...

Remember my pictures of our chickens stuffed into a couple of nest boxes. They sat on them for weeks on end. Well we decided they had to be physically removed or they would end up dying in there. Most of the eggs had broken anyway. They weren't very happy about having to vacate the nest boxes. I had to keep the door shut so they wouldn't go back in to sit on them again. They puffed their feathers all up, looked just like mini-turkeys and stood right by the coop door. It took them days and days to get over it. In fact one is still trying to hatch some eggs. The only problem is we take the eggs out every day and usually she's sitting in an empty box. Funny girls!