Arty: Them Details!

Oh, it’s been a good day. Nay, a great day! I’ve achieved something and as small as that achievement might be when others look at it, I can truly say it’s a big achievement for me.

Hooray! I can finally say that after several attempts over the years to draw an eye that actually resembles an eye, I’ve managed it. Yes, I so did.
Looky here…


Doesn’t it look good? 🙂

This is the first time ever I’ve managed something of this level in terms of eye. I’ve tried a few times before, but never could capture the realism of it. Yes, they looked like eyes, eyes any amateur art hobbyists would draw. And so I’d kind of figured I could never draw something like that. It was a fact. But, recently, I’ve returned from my first ever cruise, and found it astounding that there was an art gallery on board. An art gallery!

So, in the week bobbing around on the Pacific Ocean, I fell back in love with art. I mean, I’ve always loved art, admired artists, and quietly wished I had even an ounce of their talents. The last time I did any art was probably more than a year ago, or maybe two. Ever since the cruise, and seeing all those artworks up close and personal, I couldn’t quite help myself in feeling inspired to try and create a few pieces of my own, challenge my own abilities. Maybe I could push my self.

I have. The last couple of days I’ve been wondering what I’d like to do; paint, draw, try mixed media? What shall I capture: peacocks (a bird I absolutely love), fruits, people (which I barely do because I don’t think I have the talent to make them look real), or just landscapes etc?

I have no idea, but I’ve been browsing Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve pinned pictures of peacocks and fruits, I’ve drooled over eyes!  And today I thought what the hell, let’s try it again. So I sat down with a new art diary, and graphite pencils, searched the net for an eye photograph I could attempt, and off I went. Below are the photos to show my progress; it took me about an hour maybe.

1. Outlining…

2. Trying to figure out shadows…


3. Enhancing shadows and adding details… them lashes, oh that was interesting.

4. The final product… and I couldn’t quiet believe it myself. I’ve done it. Wtf!

5. The image I used for inspiration. M (my husband) thought it was already a drawing by someone else, and I had to tell him no, that it was a B&W photo I was looking at.

Next up: maybe I’ll try fruits… and some more eyes, in case this was a beginners luck thing.

Arty: Graphite Portrait

I tried sketching someone famous! I say try because I didn’t quite do what I set out to do.

Any guess on who this is? Lol

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Arty: My works to go public!

You must all be wondering why I’ve been focusing so much on painting and such in recent weeks. I would be if I were you, lol. I mean, what’s prompted abandoning ship on daily poetry and delving into the visual?!

It’s a funny story, really!

Now here is what happened at the very start of December, not so very long ago…

I got a call. Missed one to be honest. Unknown number. Now here is the thing. I usually never pick up on unknown number or call back. I wouldn’t have done it either if I were expecting calls. So I waited few hours before calling back.

‘Hello’ he said.

‘Hello. I missed your call earlier…You are?’ I said.

‘I’m so and so, founder of so and so foundation. I got your number off so and so in regards to participating in our up coming Art and Culture exhibition at end of the month. I wanted to confirm with you.’ He said.

‘Confirm what?’ I said (you get the point!)

‘That you will be exhibiting your artworks at the event. We had your friend confirm that you were hundred percent in. We already have your name printed on the flyer for distribution.’

‘Who?’ I said (utterly shocked)

‘Blah’

Me, utterly perplexed! The name wasn’t very familiar to me if at all. ‘Blah’ who? Then the cogs turned in my mind, someone I know had mentioned the event and the name in a passing conversation weeks earlier, which I had obviously hadn’t take very seriously.

So that’s how you have found me focusing on paintings these past few weeks. I only had a mere handful, which of course is embarrassing since this is going to be the first time ever my works are on public display. He said ‘bring as many as you have!’, meaning I needed more than what I could count in half a hand.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the ones that will be exhibited:

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Arty: Peacock- it’s alive!

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I finally started giving feathers to this creature!

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Can’t wait to see what this will turn out like! (Silly for the painter to be this excited, but who cares :p)

Artist’s Vision

He looked on
with the brush in hand
at the white of the canvas
on the easel stand
beyond it she smiled
expectantly hoping
that today be the day
he would colour again
she stepped forward and lay
a hand encouraging
‘just try’
He blinked and looked away
eyes gazing a distance away
and with shaking hand
pulled the paint trolley
‘Can you make some tea?’
She smiled joyously
‘Yep, definitely’
he waited till she left
to grab a tube of paint
staring at it with broken dreams
he turned the tube over and read
‘Aquamarine’
a small laugh escaping
he took some paint upon his brush
and laid a stroke carelessly
could he see the aqua in the aquamarine?
No – it was no more than another shade
another dream fled from him
he turned and saw her returning
and went ahead and pretended
his vision was whole again
an artist who could see
the colour on his brush tip.