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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lesson 8 - Unimaginative Creatures

Actually, this Lesson is called Imaginary Creatures.....but, I had a hard time enjoying this one...

Hi there!  Yes, yes, it's really me.  I have re-surfaced, just briefly, mind you....to bring you another Lesson from this wonderful book:


My Husband is a teacher...so both he and and my daughter are home for Spring Break.  I haven't been on the computer or at my art desk much, but was able to squeeze this in.
The results of this Lesson do not compare in the least to what I accomplished in the last... but I am the first to admit that I just don't pull off whimsy easily. 

We were to put random watercolor marks on paper starting with red.

Then blue...
Then yellow...


After we let these marks dry, we were to try to pull an imaginary creature from the shapes....outlining in ink and adding more detail with charcoal and more paint.


Here's some sort of butterfly/ flying lizard thing....


A kinda mouse thing...


...and a bit of a bird-like thing...

I didn't care for this assignment....but, again, it's about doing something I wouldn't normally do and expanding my horizons :)
What I am really excited about, though, is that the completion of this Lesson moves us into the next Unit.  Lessons inspired by People now, rather than animals!  

Thank you all for joining me so far...and a big welcome to the New Linkers who have found their way here!
We still have a lot of Book left to explore together :D

So, please link your Lesson 8 posts here:

...and I'll be sure to drop by!

Hope you've all been able to use your imaginations this week!
Big Hugs,
Cameron



26 comments:

amy said...

I did this one with my kids last month--it was actually the first exercise I did from the book. So I linked up, but to my kids/art blog.

I like your creatures, especially the mouse. I think the challenge on this one is knowing that you'll be turning the watercolor blots into something else later, but keeping your brain out of trying to create a recognizable blot. You kind of have to trick yourself.

Lisa Graham Art said...

I was wondering where you were hiding...glad you came up for air and showed us some pretties...I think you do pull of whimsy. Quite well.

Zorana said...

This is one of the exercises I do fairly often, because I always love when I have no expectations and something shows up. And not matter what you say - you pull it off perfectly! I love all your kind-a-creatures. They made me smile :-)

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Michele said...

Oh look, there you are!!

I love your creatures very much!

xo

The Secret Hermit said...

You might not like them Cam but I do, especially the bird, love them!!

X

NatashaMay said...

That looks like fun! :) I remember drawing monsters in one lesson. That was my fave! :)

Diane said...

This looks very cool actually--just let your mind go, and that's probably the hardest part--they're so fun!

Joyce van der Lely said...

Very cool, love the colours !!! love "les animeaux" xoxo

Piarom said...

coool, that is MY THING at the moment... LUUVV the pulled-art-thing :)
hope I find time to "pull" soon...love your little creatures, especcially the butterfly ♥

Caz said...

I'm soooo behind :-( I will use the easter bank holiday to catch up :-) I love your imaginary animals :-)

WrightStuff said...

Err... one day soon I will be taking part in this.... This evening I've been building a facebook fan page.

To be fair, I have actually done this. Shall I go and find the link to when (if?) I posted about it?

JessiVille said...

I like the wierd creatures Cam! Butterfly/Flying Lizard is my fav this time. I swear I've seen this creature around!
Jessi :)

Fallingladies said...

I really love the bird! And your ladies with quotes on board books are whimsical so i think you do whimsy well.... But it is hard to just paint with no plan sometimes. I'll try to link up soon....

Carmen said...

I cannot do whimsy. CANNOT. But as I now have a shiny new watercolour moleskin to play in (thanks to my sis making me sell her duplicate pressie) I shall have a play!

Like many others have said - I see a lot of whimsy in your creations :)

Am going to selfishly say I'm glad you haven't been posting loads while I've been poorly. Very considerate of you. :D :D

Carmen said...

p.s I forgot to say - these don't look like practise pictures at all. They'd all be happily at home in a childrens story book!

Daniele Valois said...

I think they looks wicked!!!

Treehugger_31 said...

Loving that little mouse critter! :)

Manon said...

Cameron these just look so gorgeous, I just love that free stuff and I am sorry I am not playing along!Happy Easter my friend!
ManonX

miruspeg said...

Expanding our horizons and getting out of our comfort zone can be very challenging Cam, but also often very rewarding.
In your case I say it was very rewarding!
Keep shining my talented friend.
Hugs
Peggy xxxxxx

Kristin said...

Oh, I just love watching you progress through this book! AND your pulled creatures are just fabulous!!! The turtle butterfly ? is so cute and that pink mouse is my favorite!!
Happy (belated) easter to you!! oxxo

Jennifer said...

Forgive me but the butterfly lizard looks quite like a new pokemon... HAHA! Perhaps they'd hire you on as an artist?

Lisa Richards said...

I loved your imaginative creatures! I agree with Amy. You do have to kind of trick yourself when doing the painting so you don't TRY to paint something that looks like an animal. Mine aren't really imaginative, but I guess I had to use my imagination to find them! This was my favorite lesson so far!

Geri Centonze said...

Very fun - this book must really be freeing you and sparking creativity. One day maybe I'll do it too!

Daniele Valois said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!! I hope you get your little thingy today!

Heather Henry said...

I so wish I could've done this with you, but I forgot to go get a book. Oh well, it is really fun to see the lessons you're doing and even though some are challenging or not as likeable, you are totally pulling them off and making it look easy. I love your imaginary animals, they're all stinkin' sweet!! Especially that cute little mouse. I'm certain he belongs in a children's book. :) Very cute! Hooray, for new adventures.

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