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Snippet Sunday

I did lots and lots on the creativity front this week.  What I did not do was take photos. :P  Actually, I photographed a couple of things, and since this "Snippet" and not "Whole Shebang" Sunday, it'll do.
First off, the annual(ish) urge to rearrange furnishings struck, and we have a new layout for the living room and the kids' playroom, which used to be the formal sitting room:

More stylish before, yes; more functional now. :P

I made time, for the first time in forever it feels like, to set up some art activities for Sprout. It started with her having a leap in skills that was brought to light, I think by my flurry of blind contour sketches.  I drew myself by looking in the mirror and she asked who it was a picture of. I told her it was me; "No," she said; "that's not you. I'll draw you."  She then proceded to draw me a couple of times and then moved on to doing family portraits.  What is exceptional about this is that she did faces complete with all the features in recognizable "formats" position, inside "face" shapes, whereas before, all her representations had pretty much been scribbles.  There was no middle ground that I saw.

Here she is, painting a family of flamingos:

The only photos I took of my artistic efforts are the dinosaurs I did for Sprout:

Blind contour Apatosaurus drawn on a recycled painting.  See how I cheated on the neck when I cut it out? I was afraid the head would fall off it if I cut on my actual line. LOL
This was a free-painted stegosaurus that I drew lines around after the fact...while holding a baby, hence the charming, wobbly effect:

Blind contour T-rex and triceratops. I ROCKED that triceratops! Line-wise anyhow; the experimental color is so-so. :P

This coming week, I plan to get back to my oil painting as well as doing a few drawing prompts.  I want to get back into a daily sketching practice, which I think I followed this week.


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Nov. 16th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Niiice dinos. :)

And that tent looks nothing like had imagined it. :p
Nov. 16th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
I actually started having lots of fun with the contour drawings and might try to keep them up in an interesting way (like doing series); I've even planned to do a family portrait and want to apply color. Hence the experiments with paint. Hey, just had a thought; maybe I'll ask Sprout to do the background. Whether or not I can use it depends on how crazy she goes with the colors. :P I'll talk to her about it. Maybe J and Junebug can contribute too to make it truly family portrait project.

Nov. 16th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
That dress she's wearing is one you made for her, too, right?

I love in your apatosaurus the swirl-curl in the right-rear leg. And you really rocked *all* the dinosaurs, as far as I'm concerned!
Nov. 17th, 2014 07:37 am (UTC)
Yes, that is her Easter dress. :P And the hair accessories are all her. She has a real knack for tying anything and decorating with string, ribbons, etc.

I love that swirl-curl, too. Happy accident. :D
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Nov. 26th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
The play den is soon to get a new accessory! A slipcover, made by moi, for the juijitsu mats, which are currently being covered by that cream colored fabric. That fabric belongs to our landlady and is actually two long pieces of falling-apart....I dunno, blankets? (only they are too long and too narrow for that). We went to Ikea today and bought something new and DARK! which will not be so easily soiled.
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