This is the artwork for today's draw. I'm drawing at 9am by using some kind of space-ship-science-random-number-generator from Excel that Dan swears by. He's an accountant/auditor/smarty-pants who works in a big scary office so I just plain old believe him. Back to the art... this piece was inspired by three pregnant ladies that I saw at the mall. They were laughing and chatting and looking so pretty. The piece is pencil crayon and graphite and measures 6.3 x 9.7 inches. It actually looks a lot better in person... but, you will just have to see for yourself when you win. I'll announce that at 9am today. THANKS for all of the comments... wow. That was so cool. SO cool.
So many people asking about pencil crayons...
You can do many, many interesting things with pencil crayons. Prismacolors are a little smoother than say Derwent (who also makes a coloured pencil). I like to colour on top of photos (laser prints actually - pencil crayon doesn't work over glossy photos well). This is Dan & I last summer.
This picture - I scribbled on quickly. It drops out the background and kind of gives an artsy dimension. I like doing this. It's my favourite really-quick technique. (You might recognize these cute models...) Kind of interesting, too...
If you're into digital scrapbooking you can overlay onto patterned paper. OR if you're not a digital scrapbooker - you can transfer your laser print right onto the paper and THEN colour on it. Very edgy-scrapbookerish. I am not a HUGE fan of this yet... but, I'm experimenting a lot with patterned papers.
Oh - how the possibilities are endless. Really, my best advice - get a good pack o'pencil crayons (your local art store will carry them and so does Michaels) and rip into them and go nuts. There's nothing you can do wrong. Nobody's grading you. Let your inner artist OUT. YOU are the expert of YOUR pencil crayons. Go crazy.
Couple tips for working with pencil crayons:
- Don't drop them. Every time you drop a pencil the pigment or "lead" inside breaks. You will get AGITATED - I mean SO FRICKIN' mad when your pencil keeps breaking off.
- Dont' leave them on the backwindow of your car. The heat will do something scientifically nutso to the "lead" and the consistency turns TERRIBLE. YOU WILL BE SO FRICKIN' MAD when your pencils start acting strange and harbouring little sharp bits.
- There are two ways to sharpen a pencil. You will notice that many pencil sharpeners have two holes. Use whichever hole gets you a nice point with the LEAST AMOUNT OF "LEAD" SHOWING. The longer and more exposed the point - the easier it will break. AND YOU WILL BE SO FRICKIN' MAD if your pencil keeps breaking and you keep sharpening it too far and it keeps breaking and you keep sharpening it too far and... SEE?
- Don't let your dog near them. For some reason, pencil crayons (which are made of pigment and a wax emulsifier and WOOD) are tasty to dogs. They think they are sticks? The pencils will, HOWEVER, break inside the casings if chewed by a dog and when you go to use them, the toothe-marked ditties will BREAK AND YOU WILL BE SO FRICKIN' MAD.
Speaking of dogs... This is CRASH. Actually, this is Crash doing a lo-five - his best trick. He's a pure bred gorilla border collie mix. No, he's not. He's a brindle Boxer who is quite possibly the coolest dog ever. He doesn't make a sound other than a snort here and there and he's just a laid-back lover-of-life. He turns 4 years old on Sunday. People always ask me why he's named Crash - and I tell them, "because it's the best warning I can give ya".
In other aspects of good life... We had a fondue last night. Yes, we did. For no good reason at all other than it sounded fine. It was. Spontaneous fondue for two. TOO cool. Crack out those fondue pots for some good times - even for two. It doesn't have to be a party. Go on, FONDUE!
Today: I'm having breakfast with Jackie, Farrah & Cole Koop. Cool. We are scheduling morning dates so that we can keep up with each other and not let life get too busy to hang out. Cole is only three months old so I'm looking forward to getting to know him better. THEN, Dan and I are heading out to Rivers, Manitoba to see his grandparents, Peggy & Kaz Rudniski. We are staying overnight on their farm and challenging them to some dominoes. Word ALSO has it that Kaz has a fiddle for Dan. All that means - ROAD TRIP! Awesome. Before that, I want to work on a LoveLife and a couple of other things.
COMMENTS... Wow. I can't tell you how cool that was. Really. We had a record breaking 70 comments in one day!! Holy Macarena! Did you see that Ali got 1300 comments yesterday for her draw? Wow. DOUBLE WOW. Way to go Ali! I'm certainly not out there to compete with Ali - she's amazing. I think that life is a fun-day competition with yourself... and let me tell you that this week - I totally kicked my own ASS in the comment department. Radical.
Let's do it again. ALL COMMENTS ENTERED between 9am today and 9am NEXT Friday will be entered in a draw for a LoveLife surprise package. Could be a book. Could be a couple of magnets. Could be a print. It's a surprise. ALL COMMENTS LEFT BETWEEN 9am today and 9am NEXT FRIDAY are entered in a draw for a LoveLife package. They can be on any of the posts of the week (including today). Good luck!
9am UPDATE: DRAW WINNER OF THE "AND SO THEY SAID..." ARTWORK IS: Jenny Rebecca If you are JENNY REBECCA - congratulations! You are the new owner of some art! Today is your lucky day. Please get me your address so I can send this out to you.
It's the weekend... Have a good one. I'll post when we're back from the farm. And GO.