Draw A Still Life Daily Dose of Art

A big project is a lot easier to do when you break it into smaller steps – the same is true with drawing!

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Stage 1. COLLECT objects from around your house to group together for your still life. Objects can have meaning and tell a story (family heirlooms, souvenirs from a trip, or a special gift) or they may just have interesting shapes. An odd number of objects tends to create more visual interest. If you’re a beginner, try to select shapes that aren’t too complex to draw. (Fig 1)

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Begin drawing objects as if they are wireframe forms. Draw construction lines to show the perspective from the top of your tallest object to the lowest object and will help you with scale. When you are happy with position and composition, you can erase the lines. (Fig 2)

Stage 2. ADD DETAILS. Be aware of different sizes of objects next to each other, shape, tone, texture, pattern, and form. Begin to draw light lines to show texture and where shadows lay. Redefine outer shapes (Fig 3)

Stage 3. SHADING. Begin to add shadows on objects using the side of your pencil to define its shape and where light and dark shadows fall. Recognize shadows on your table by lightly drawing its shape like a wireframe form. (Fig 4)

Stage 4. BUILD UP THE TONE. Using the side of your pencil, fill in shadows cast onto your table by the objects. Repeat over areas that appear darker. Use your finger to rub in and soften your shadows to define the forms and shapes. (Fig 5)

Stage 5. FINISHING TOUCHES. Focusing on the spaces between your objects, deepen these tones. Use an eraser to lighten areas where your light source reflects the most to completed your still life. (Fig 6)

Thank you to Kyle Wille, HV Arts Council Board Member, for this incredible Daily Dose of Art!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

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More Mandalas!

Another mandala has been created by Dana Weekley of NineTomatoes for your coloring pleasure.

This “More Love” mandala is for the advanced color-er.  You’ll want to use pencils or ultra-fine markers to stay inside of the lines… but then again, you don’t have to!  

A mandala (or circle) represents the origin of life. Its center gently directs us to the infinite space within. The mandalas remind us that behind our physical facades, we’re each our own perfect, beautiful pattern, exquisitely individual.

So find a quiet place, put on some zen or classical music and color away!

 

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

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“More Love” by Dana Weekley

 

Make-A-Wish Card

Please help bring messages of hope to “Wish Kids.” Make-A-Wish has provided life-changing hope, strength, and joy to children with critical illnesses for over 40 years.

We just learned that more wishes are on hold than ever before. Make-A-Wish kids represent some of the most vulnerable among us. While they wait for their wish to come true, let’s help us encourage them by sharing a message of hope. 

These are a few of the awesome Wish Kids: Alan, Age 4 (Fig 1); Naja, Age 13 (Fig 2); Bettirose, Age 14 (Fig 3)

How to Bring Messages of Hope to Wish Kids Today:

Step 1: Create a message, video, photo, song, dance —whatever you can imagine — sharing a message of hope.

Step 2: Post to any social media channel, tag @MakeAWish (@MakeAWishAmerica on Instagram) and use the hashtags #WishesAreWaiting and #HVArtsDailyDose

Step 3: Tag and invite two or more of your friends to join in.

Tips for creating your message of hope: ☆ Speak from the heart. ☆ Let them know they’re supported. ☆ Remind them to keep wishing. ☆ Give them encouragement.

 For more information you can go to wish.org/messages-of-hope.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

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April Fool’s Eggs

Here’s a fun (and harmless) April Fool’ Day prank for today’s Daily Dose of Art #HVArtsDailyDose!

Step 1.  Early in the morning when no one is looking, go into your refrigerator and take out the box of eggs (hopefully, you have some). 

Step 2.  Pick up each egg one at a time and draw a funny face on it with a marker.  (photo above)

Step 3.  Close the box lid and put it back in the refrigerator.

Step 4.  Suggest eggs for breakfast…. then casually sit-back and see what happens.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

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Blackout Poetry Daily Dose of Art

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Everyone is a poet when it comes to “blackout poetry” — even if you don’t know it!

A blackout poem is when a page of text (example: from a magazine or newspaper) is completely blacked out EXCEPT for a few words (usually with a black marker) selected by the poet (that’s YOU). 

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Step 1.  Start by looking at a page of text and draw boxes around words that appeal to you.  Decide if you want big words to convey a theme or small words to make full sentences (or a mix — however you’d like). It’ll take a little time and some to get it the way you want. (Fig 1)

Step 2.  Once you’ve picked out and boxed the words you want to keep, use a marker to “blackout” the rest of the page.  I used a red marker, so I guess I made “red-out poetry.” LOL (Fig 2.)  

When done, I realized my poem’s words spanned two columns that were now covered up.  I needed to guide the reader through my poem somehow, so I added some decorative arrows. (Fig 3)

Step 3.  You can stop at Step 2 or continue embellishing by adding doodles or images. (Fig 4)

Check out these other cool examples from Pinterest. (Fig 5 & Fig 6)

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Alphabet Sticks Daily Dose of Art

The rain’s stopped, so let’s get outside! Today’s project challenges you to make letters of the alphabet using gathered sticks.

Step 1. Collect fallen sticks of approximately the same thickness. (Fig 1)

Step 2. Trim down the sticks thinking about the shapes needed for your letters — perhaps your initials. Start laying out your letters. Give your stick parts a good wash and let them dry.  (Fig 2)

Step 3. Letters made with straight lines are pretty easy.  Curved letters, like a ‘C’ or an ‘S’ will be a bit harder, requiring several sticks to be attached together to make the curves.  I connected my stick pieces with thin wire, but you can use string, yarn or hot glue, whatever you have. (Fig 2)

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Step 4. Now decorate away!  Use whatever you have around the house.  I decorated my initials, C-A-L, in three differents ways to give you some ideas:  the ‘C’ was wrapped with fuzzy yarn; the ‘A’ was painted; and the ‘L’ was glued with blue faux pearls.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

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POWER ROCKS Daily Dose of Art

Can you believe it? Today is our 16th Daily Dose of Art. We hope POWER ROCKS will inspire you and help you power through the coming week. 

Step 1. On your daily walk, (socially distancing, of course) find several rocks… the flatter and smoother the better.

Step 2. Wash the rocks and lay them out to dry.  While your rocks are thoroughly drying, think of a saying or quote that inspires you.

Step 3. Trace the outline of your rock onto a piece of scratch paper so you can plan your design before applying paint to make sure that it will fit.

Step. 4.  (Optional) If you don’t have paint, experiment with various markers that you have on hand on lesser-prized rocks. Some markers will definitely work better than others.  

Step 5.  If you want a solid color background, paint the entire rock.  The background must be COMPLETELY dry before adding another color. If you’re too impatient, a blow dryer can speed things up.

If you like the natural color of your rock, no need to paint a background. 

Step 5.  Paint your design/quote on the rock. Your fingers can easily get in the way and smudge any paint that is not dry. To avoid smudging, don’t be in a hurry. Work in stages, letting parts dry before moving on. If you mess up, don’t worry.  You can get another rock or just repaint the background and start over.

Step 6.  If you love your completed POWER ROCK and want to keep it for an extended period of time, it should be protected with a sealer, like outdoor Mod Podge or clear spray Rustoleum. This will help keep the paint from chipping. And, since most of us don’t have sealer on hand, you can do this step at a future date.

(Idea:  Make several and surprise a neighbor by leaving one on their door step. Or give one to a member of your family that might need a pick-me-up.  You rock!)

Check out these finished rocks.  Simple or complicated… they are all inspiring. (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3, Fig 4)

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Folded Books Daily Dose of Art

Today’s rainy day project looks challenging but it’s so simple, you can do it while watching the TV!

Step 1. Find an old book that you have permission to use for this project.  Paperback books are easiest for your first book folding project.

Step 2. Leaving the cover on, start folding the pages in half, back onto themselves.  To get a neat result, be sure to tuck the pages in all the way, lining the sides up as you go, and use your finger to make a fold. If the sides are a bit uneven, just unfold the page and refold. It’s better to correct as you go. Once you’ve folded the page the way you want, use your finger nail or a ruler to make a VERY crisp fold. (Fig 1).

Step 3.  Continue folding the entire book, one page at a time.  As you get near the end, the pages will get harder to tuck in because the book will keep getting fatter and fatter.  But keep going…and try to fold as precisely as you can.

Step 4.  After all of the pages are folded, tear off the front and back covers.  No real need to glue it together because it should stay in position on its own.

Step 5.  Find a fun use for new creation.  On it’s side, you can use it to keep little notes or photos handy (Fig 2).  I used a vintage folded book to hold the table numbers for my niece’s wedding. I inserted a skewer, added a seed packet to identify the ‘lettuce table’ along with the table number (Fig 3).  Check out all of these cool shapes. The possibilities are endless. (Fig 4). It’s so relaxing to do… you might not want to stop!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

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Mirror Photography Daily Dose of Art

Today’s project uses mirrors and just your cell phone (or a camera) to create some amazing effects.

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Reflections can turn something mundane into something abstract or more artistic. Mirrors can give depth to your image and show things that are usually hidden from a camera — like what’s behind it!

Here are a couple of images I made.  You can get even more creative if are not in isolation by yourself and have someone to hold things!  (LOL!)

I started simple with one mirror that I put on an angle next to a painting with one palm tree…and like magic, my photo looks like there are now two trees. (Fig 1)

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Next I used three mirrors (one bigger and two smaller) to get this kaleidascope-like image of a decorated egg. Tip: Makeup mirrors work great.  (Fig 2)

Here are a few other fun images from Pinterest to inspire you, including one using a broken mirror for a really cool effect. (Fig 3, Fig 4, Fig 5)

 

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

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Animal Collage Portraits

This is another fun collage project, sure to make you giggle!

Step 1. Flip through old magazines to find an image of a person in a striking pose. (TIP: Fashion magazines are a great place to look.) Rip out the page. For my portrait, I chose this stately image of the actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins. (Fig 1)

Step 2.  Looking at this formal and stately gentleman, I immediately thought of an eagle. I went on the internet to find images of an eagle head and talons (claws). Keep in mind the position of the animals head and eyes.  Should it be looking sideways or straight ahead? My eagle required a full-face front view. So, think about what type of animal would be fun for the body you selected, and search the internet.

Step 3.  Print the images, increasing or decreasing the image size using the settings on your printer, to get the “fit” just right.  (Fig 2)

Step 4.  Cut out the images and position them on your body. To make it look realistic, you should probably cut off the body parts you are covering. Look for places where a few minor cuts will make your finished work look more realistic, like around the collar.  Glue down. (Fig 3)

Check out more fun animal portraits from Pinterest for inspiration.  (Fig 4 & Fig 5 )

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