Each day is a gift, that’s why there’s no time like the present. So what are you waiting for?
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your turn to DRAW
- Carpe diem! Speaking of which, let’s scare up a sheet of paper and a pencil so we can practice finding and mapping “lines of action” in our drawings. In other words, when looking at things that move (people, animals, vehicles, maybe even trees bending with the wind), we are looking for explicit and primary direction of movement. How is the figure stretching, flexing, reaching? Then using a single line, try to describe the essence of the figure’s movement. Then perpendicular marks crossing this “line of action” are added to further clarify the figure’s movement. If you’re still not sure, printing off sketches by old masters and drawing over them can help. Here are some Michelangelo drawings I printed and analysed for “lines of action”:
- Shadow-tracing in direct daylight sun is another simple creative way to record interesting shapes and ideas from afternoon light that creates a strong shadow, like this:
Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!
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You’ve come this far, now why not
Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!
TODAY is SOMEDAY all around the world
- “Little Sun is a social business by artist Olafur Eliasson spreading clean, affordable solar energy around the globe. It’s a work of art that works in life.”
- French-American sculptor, painter, and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle is first known for her “Tirs” performance/action “happenings” in the 1960s where she and artist friends would shoot, stab, or batter objects filled with paint (spraying over the spectators), and her idiosyncratic style evolved into Gaudi-inspired paintings and large-scale public artworks. de Saint Phalle continued to be a prolific art maker, until she was hospitalised for emphysema 6 months before she died.
- For “Night and Day” the curators at Joseph Gross Gallery devised an exhibition of 9 artists challenged to create artworks that “…transition from light to dark, day to night, while maintaining their aesthetic integrity…revealing an second identity after dark.”
What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!