“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.” –Georgia O’Keeffe
In my last few paintings, I am continuing to try and find a way to tell my story exactly as it should be told – visually. It would be so much easier for me to use words to describe what these paintings mean to me. And painting an emotion – for me – takes learning a new language. I want to become a storyteller who uses paint. I mentioned in a couple of previous posts about a class in Ellijay. It’s an open studio concept. Everyone is working in their own mediums and on their own projects. I learned that the instructor is a good colored pencil teacher and there are other students in the class learning more about using them.
I want to get better at drawing. It’s hard for me to sit still – on my own – and draw, so I am hoping with guided instruction and lessons, I will do the work necessary to get better at drawing. I know it’s a learnable skill. I also know my painting vocabulary will get stronger with gaining better drawing skills.
So I bought a new sketchbook. The first thing I want to do when I get a new sketchbook is paint the cover. That drab brown or black cover just isn’t any fun. Here’s my newest. It’s a 9×12 Strathmore with 140 lb watercolor paper. In addition to using colored pencils, I also plan on highlighting some of my drawings with my water color pencils.
The book I will be working from is one I learned about from Lynne Hoppe, Botanical Drawing In Color. I’ve already started the book and I’m looking forward to learning more.
My other two books are oldies but goodies. The first is a new and improved edition of Square Foot Gardening. Mel Bartholomew developed this concept in the 70’s. We want to use raised beds in our garden and I bought this to use as a resource.
And my other new book has also been around for awhile – Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day. This book originally came out about five years ago. I haven’t bought bread at the grocery since Christmas. I found the master recipe online. What I love about it, is there is no oil or sugar. I have been adding a 7-grain cereal into my mix, so it has a wonderful crunchy texture and a beautiful crust. I make mine in a dutch oven so there’s no need to add a pan of water to the oven while you are cooking. You just put the dutch oven (lid too) in during preheating and then put the dough in the hot pan, add the lid and cook covered for about 20 minutes. Then take the lid off and continue to cook for 20 more minutes. It’s good and very easy to make. The master recipe is enough to make a few loaves. You just keep the dough in the refrigerator and pull it out to rise when you want to make a loaf.
If you want the recipe, email me. I know this recipe is easy to find on the internet, but I want to respect the authors and not make it part of this blog.
“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall – and falling, they’re given wings.” -Rumi