My Own Art Journey and How You Can Learn to Draw and Do Watercolor Painting

We had art classes in high school. Fine Arts was part of the curriculum for two years so I had prior knowledge on how to do watercolor paintings, sketch and use oil pastels. I did not just wake up one day and decide to do watercolor art.

In the past 25 years, I have picked up a pencil every now and then and did some sketching. In college, when boredom inspiration strikes, I sketch or paint. I kept a sketch pad (Care bears pa!).

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I lived in a dormitory so the easiest things to sketch are those near my table. Haha

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I also found time to pick up the brush. No, I had no morbid thoughts on that knife painting. It was the easiest photo of an object I can copy from a magazine. The second painting is an eye of the Philippine Eagle.

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That was in college. I have not really actively engaged in art not until recently.

In recent years, I was really inspired by the artsy stuff that Alessa Lanot does. And I have recently seen Ala Paredes’ work. I used to read her blog and was impressed with her drive to pursue her art. Recently, I have come across her watercolor painting in her instagram. It was really impressive. So I decided to give it another try.

Ala wrote a piece about art and learning: that art can be learned through repetition. Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, said something about doing things regularly like it would take some 10,000 hours to become an expert. Relying on sheer talent and not doing anything to improve it is useless.

So, I am sharing with you the YouTube videos I viewed to learn some drawing and watercolor techniques. I have received a few comments about being interested in learning how to paint or draw. The good new is… YOU CAN! You just have to try.

These are the videos:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ25OngOLts?rel=0] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy1KcEJ2YkA?rel=0] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcmfRooP6dg?rel=0] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAvvP-pb6CQ?rel=0] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpbW3Aq0PB0?rel=0]

These are the artworks I did based on the videos:

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For now, I practice by copying existing images on the Internet. I am having fun doing it. One day, I hope to create original work from original ideas.

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In case you are interested on the tools I use, here is the list:

1. Faber Castell 0.7 mechanical pencil+ refill+ Pentel eraser
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2. Brushes + mixing tray. In high school, we only use chinese brushes. I am most comfortable using those. Regular trips to the school supplies store yielded me all these brushes. The blue and black brushes are sets and are inexpensive. (I think I paid Php50++ for each set.) The two brushes on the left were part of the watercolor set I bought.
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3. Watercolor. I have accummulated several kinds in the past month. I am most comfortable using the tubes but I just recently purchased those. In some of the artworks I made earlier this month like the apple, strawberry and flowers, I used the watercolor in palette.
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4. Paper. I use 200 GSM board. I recommend thicker boards for landscape painting. This type I use bends with water-heavy type of painting.
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I think I have shared everything you need to get you to try watercolor painting. Let me know when you have created your work. I would love to see them.

Origami: Anti-Aging?

I recently read this New York Times article.

When it comes to mental agility, we’re more likely to think of crosswords than cross-stitch. But neuroscientists suspect that learning a challenging new skill — a new language, a new musical instrument — may be even more effective than mental games at keeping the brain sharp. And quilting is more complicated than it may seem.

Even before I shared this link, my friend already took up quilting as a hobby and her quilts are beautiful.

I do not have the drive to learn quilting but I wanted to learn other skills so I thought of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. This website showed step-by-step instructions. This is what I produced after 2 hours of folding. I used the pages from an old magazine.

From the top; left to right: rose bowl, day lily, lily, 8-petal flower, tulip, cornflower

 Here are some cute origami decors I found in the Internet:

Source: http://harujiondesign.blogspot.com/2011/04/modern-origami-wall-decor.html

 

Source: http://www.bloomize.com/origami-roses/

Source: http://onossocasamento.pt/forum/origami-1

Who wants an origami wedding bouquet?

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/origami2/

I should start collecting cute wrapping papers (and quit doing sudoku).

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This is supposed to be Day 21 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Found my drawings

I learned how to draw in high school. Our art teacher was so good that when I went home for a vacation, it looked like I went to an art school and not a science high school. I had a better grade in art than in science.

I think my mother threw away all my artworks in one of her routine general cleaning. I still have my sketchbook from college. I used to draw when I got bored.

Slippers

My roommate’s water jug.

This is my small chair, the first birthday gift I got  from my roommates. I still have this chair.

From my art class, I learned to sign my work.  (Yep. My age shows.)

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This is supposed to be Day 14 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

iDoodle

Put me in a meeting with a pen and paper and I’d end up doodling. In this Time article, it says that  “doodlers actually remember more than non-doodlers when asked to retain tediously delivered information”. So if you find me doodling in meetings, don’t call my attention because I am already listening. (Palusot!)

In the Internet age, doodling is raised to another level. There are online programs that allow doodlers like me express some creativity.

Can you see what I tried to draw? If you see a house, two trees,  two birds and some potted plants, you are right.  If you see other things, let me know. 😀 I used Scribbler for this one.

In our art class in high school, we were taught how to do still life. If I draw still life without seeing the objects, the easiest I can come up with is drawing of a cup and saucer. I used Scribbler Too for this one.

I was never into abstract art. Jackson Pollock was a popular artist in this style who used drip paint as a medium.  There is an online app that is inspired by Jackson Pollock. It simulates the strokes of a drip paint method without creating a mess and consuming large amount of paint.  Here’s my finished work.

This is quite therapeutic. It is a nice stress reliever.

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Today is Day 1 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

The Beauty of Mathematics

Mathematics is easily the most feared subject in school.  Fear diminishes the beauty that mathematics can offer.  Okay. In the spirit of transparency, I have a degree in mathematics. I can wax poetic lines about this subject matter but it may fall on deaf ears or lose its relevance because of my desire to use superlatives like a giddy school girl.

Thankfully, Vi Hart has a creative way of illustrating the beauty of mathematics. Check out this cool video.  Don’t worry, you do not need great mathematical skills to appreciate this video. However, it does not hurt to try and learn about some cool math theories.

This is just part 1 of a series of videos. I can’t wait to watch the sequel.

There are other interesting videos by Vi Hart. She incorporates art, music and mathematics. And she calls herself a mathemusician. Cute!

This reminds me of a TED Talk video of Arthur Benjamin, a mathemagician.  Watch and be amazed.

Isn’t mathematics interesting?

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