Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Documented Life - What Inspires You?

Such is the journaling prompt this week in The Documented Life Project. Do a page based on something/someone that is an inspiration. I chose the watercolor sketches of Jane LaFazio, one of my favorite artists. Check out Jane's blog here. I love Jane's style; her sketching and painting is natural and intuitive, and surprisingly easy to follow. I've had the great fortune (and pleasure) of taking classes with Jane. There were several people in one class that had never sketched or used watercolors before, and by the end of the day even they were producing wonderful pieces. If you can't get to one of Jane's classes, she also teaches online. You can even find some short tutorials that are free. Click here for one of those on YouTube.

One of my favorite things to do is sketch everyday objects. I see it as a way to document a moment in life where too many (if any) words are unnecessary.

My page, followed by some closeups.

The process:  sketch with pencil (I used 98lb. bristol paper and a plain old #2 pencil) lightly, then draw over the pencil lines with a thin permanent pen (I used a Micron, tip size 01). Erase the pencil lines, then paint. If you've never done this before and want to try, do watch Jane's video. I have a travel sized Sakura watercolor kit, but you can use any brand you have. According to Jane, even a child's set will work just fine.

This is where I have found my inspiration today. What is inspiring you right now?


Patzee said...

Great page. What inspires me? You!!

Elena said...

Your sketching is fantastic! I am going to look for one there for online classes. I have always wanted to learn to sketch and totally suck at it. Thank you for the inspiration and another wonderful post.

leida said...

I admire janes's work and you have captured her style! i have never had the opportunity to take one of her classes, but i hope to one day! so glad you are blogging regularly!

Cathy von Hassel-Davies said...

I love your sketches! I need to do more of that to feel comfortable with it.