Tuesday, March 20, 2012

EDM -- Everyday Matters

Or maybe it's Every Day Matters. Anyway, plenty of meanings to unfold in this drawing challenge which I discovered via Pintangle's blog, and have joined. Very friendly group, on yahoo, where you can ask and answer questions, post links to your own work, follow other people's work on their links, and it's just the ticket for getting a bit of drawing done. Yes, all I needed, one more art activity. This is as well as preparing the exhibit, creating the traveling journals for my local artist group, teaching a workshop in the Spring, the TAST stitch challenge, and who knows what else will come about.

Here's today's work, the first one being a very early challenge (they're up to about 6,223, and I've just started, but that's fine) of a table lamp. Just that.

And then today while I waited for my car to be serviced, I noticed a nice complicated arrangement of coffee machine and the workings, complete with tangle of cords and boxes underneath, nice subject.

Just as well I did it right away, since they're renovating the building and shortly after I finished, two men came and bore away all the stuff I'd just drawn.

Both drawings were done with some nameless pen, on nice paper, in a spiral bound book from the library book sale. Basically, just what I picked up on my way out the door this morning.

It reminded me of Handsome Partner, who learned years ago, before he put his shoes on, to check if I were drawing them, and could he have them. Or before he took a piece of fruit from the bowl making sure it wasn't my next subject, all set up. He'd learned this from my roars of rage at finding he'd walked off wearing my subject matter, or eaten a pear arranged just right in the bowl.

I would really encourage anyone who fancies trying a hand at drawing to do something like EDM, just for your own fun. One drawing now and again. The trick is to keep a pad and pen or pencil available, or a bunch of 8x5 file cards in the glove compartment of your car. Amazing how often you have a few minutes when it would be fun to try. A lot of the participants in EDM are making illustrated journals, but that's not a requirement, though it's great to look at their work.

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Caatje said...

Very nice drawings!

Cathy Holtom said...

Great sketchest sketches and I love your embroidery.
Welcome to EDM!

Minimiss said...

Great drawings. I'd love to be able to draw but even though it should be in my blood from both sides of the family (does the name Babbage mean anything to you), I think my two art teachers were in despair when I was in their classes. I'll just stick to my needles of various types and continue looking at your great works.

Alex said...

Some really nice sketches here!

ari_1965 said...

It's kind of neat that it disappeared right after you drew it. Like snapping a picture of the dog's expression before it changes.

Lynn said...

I like the way you did the shadow of the lamp on the wall. i also like the story of the Handsome Partner!

raena said...

My husband has learned those lessons yet! In fact, if he realizes that I'm drawing him, he moves. I think it is intentional, though he denies it! Wonderful sketches and great use of waiting time!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I do envy the people that have the ability to draw - my abilities on that front leave everything to be desired. Great drawings you've done!

Shirley said...

So glad you are enjoying the group and letting us know when you post a new set of drawings. Very nice.