One way of finding inspiration for a daily sketch is to sketch something you are parting with ( “discardia” as Cathy Johnson refers to it). This was part of my Noritake dinner set, very trendy in the 70’s but no longer used. This way I have a momento of it without cluttering up the dresser.
I hadn’t done an animal for a little while. Inspiration for this one came from the weekend newspaper. Kangaroos are a common sight along some of the south coast beaches in this part of the world.
Sometimes I just don’t know what to put on the page for the day. This time I thought I’d try a random wash of colour, pick up an item and do several overlapping contour sketches. I like trying something different. I guess that’s why I liked this quote.
The weekly challenge on Wetcanvas was to paint something you don’t normally paint. I don’t do abstract, I don’t get abstract although I do enjoy looking at some of them. With all the hype about Rothko’s $46.5 million painting I used that as my inspiration for the challenge. Pity I was only offered 46p for it
And here was the photo I used for inspiration. Hmmmm, I can see how this can be used as a jump start for other abstract ideas.
I decided that drawing inspiration from famous painters is another way to fill up some more pages. I’ve always liked Monet’s impressionist paintings so I had a go at one of his water lily scenes. I even found a sample of his handwriting to copy. Maybe I can find a job as a forger?
Back to mundane. Trying to follow Danny Gregory’s advice with Art before Breakfast but if I did that breakfast would probably never happen.
And finally, a quick little etegami sketch. Maybe I should rename this type of art as Etegami means letter art – to be posted. These will never be posted because they are in my journal. Maybe there is a word for “Journal art ” ジャーナルアート ?
I do lack inspiration at times for my daily sketch. Sometimes I put it off till last thing then just pick something at random. What do you all do for inspiration and do you have any suggestions for me?