INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH: NO EXPLANATIONS…

April 6, 2014

Roz Stendahl invented INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH,  an activity which encourages participants to engage in visual journal work as someone other than oneself. Lots of information can be found here: INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL BLOG.

Last year I participated and my initial choices entailed too much work. You can see the my 2013 FAKE JOURNAL HERE.

The theme for 2014 is NO EXPLANATIONS.

I am keeping things very simple:

• The style is one I can do quickly, and is much more graphic than I would use in my regular journal.

• The tools are simply india inks and Pro-White.

• I am working in panels because this is an approach that is foreign to me for the most part. My journals are usually just collections of drawings, and can have a very random feeling in style and content.

• The images are stream of consciousness, generated by a character who is in her 20′s and sees the world through the format of a graphic novel. Anything can end up in her visual journal, including her friends, her work, her odd ball dreams, and  her old photos.

• I can accomplish a lot in 30 minutes with a brush and ink.

• I have no idea what will happen from panel to panel. The month will reveal what lies in store.

IFJM 2014 P1-2. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper.

IFJM 2014 P1-2. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P3-4. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P3-4. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P5-6. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

IFJM 2014 P5-6. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. India Ink on paper. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin to respect copyright.

 

 

THE SIMPLICITY OF A PENCIL MARK…

January 21, 2014
KANNAPOLITAN HOUSE, KANNAPOLIS NC © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. PENCIL ON PAPER.

KANNAPOLITAN HOUSE, KANNAPOLIS NC © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. PENCIL ON PAPER.

…is often all one needs. This sketch is in a STILLMAN AND BIRN: GAMMA series journal, perfect for an antique look with a light ivory paper. I am using a JUMBO JERRY’S ARTARAMA JET BLACK charcoal and oil infused pencil. The North Carolina Reserach Campus dome looms in the background. The past and the future intermingle all the time.

CREATIVE LIFE

December 29, 2013

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
H.D. THOREAU

MAYBE 1. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

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Creative life requires a leap.

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You have to be willing to find the edges of things.

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There are moments of arrival…

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…and moments of departure.

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The key is experience.
The payoff is in unlocking a door within yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

LOOSEN YOUR BELT BUCKLE

December 13, 2013
FOOD FESTIVUS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

FOOD FESTIVUS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. Inks in a GAMMA STILLMAN AND BIRN JOURNAL!

I am not one to be bored on a long car ride…and I found out that there actually WAS A CHARLES STANDISH! AAAAA!

 

COLORED PENCIL WORKSHOP: BINDERS ON DECEMBER 21st!

December 13, 2013
BINDERS PENCIL WORKSHOP. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COLORED PENCIL OF COURSE!

BINDERS PENCIL WORKSHOP. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COLORED PENCIL OF COURSE! DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN

I think that everyone lives with a creative gremlin inside. Some of us just let ‘im out more regularly.

THE NEW YEAR IS UPON US… and perhaps you have been wanting to do some visual journal work for a long time. Pencils are a familiar tool and make this process less intimidating. If you are a first time doodler or a swanky sketcher: pencils are capable of  endless visual effects.

NOBODY HAS ANY FREE TIME…and I am no exception. In every high flying life there are thresholds of spectacular tedium: the doctor’s office, the laundromat, the drive-thru, that hideous meeting once a month with stale softball-sized muffins. A small book and 3 colored pencils can redeem even those moments.

YOU NEED A GIFTIE…Binders will have some great bargain packages that are perfect for gifting and getting. If you aren’t happy how can you spread the good cheer? Get one for yourself and one for a special person. Make this person your arty buddy in 2014.

EVERYONE HAS SKILL…just not always the one we each want. So set about getting some new ones  in 2014. Self education is the only kind with lasting value. Start on this journey so next year at this time, you have a LONG LONG list of supplies you are eager to explore in 2015. In a tough economy and in a world with a lot of problems, creative engagement is the ONE THING you can control.

IT IS A GREAT DAY IF  YOU DESIGN IT THAT WAY.

COLORED PENCILRY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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PILGRIM THOUGHTS…..

December 4, 2013
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….if you name the animal, you probably do not want to eat it…

A sketch on the ride to THANKSGIVING dinner.It gets boring when you are just a passenger.

GO PILGRIMS!

 

URBAN SKETCHING: NOVA’S BAKERY

November 9, 2013
NOVA BAKERY, ROCK HILL SC. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

NOVA BAKERY, ROCK HILL SC. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
JAMES A GARFIELD

Hard crusted European breads ( with soft interiors ) and pastries can be found at Nova Bakery. They converted a small bank into a coffee shop. The vault remains intact but now houses a couch or two for more intimate conversation. The door is propped open but a gander at the lock apparatus has not convinced me that it would not be better to hang out in the main cafe. The cranberry pecan bread is a MUST for THANKSGIVING left-overs….

CHECK OUT:

The PRINCESS DONUT: a mondo cream puff with REAL CUSTARD FILLING
The MARBLE BROWNIE
The MULTIGRAIN BREAD ( toss in the freezer if you will not finish a loaf in a few days…)

BINDERS ARTFOLIO EVENT : ATLANTA, GA

November 9, 2013
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Last weekend I had the chance to meet educators and artists at BINDERS ARTFOLIO EVENT. On Friday,  I shared the work in my STILLMAN & BIRN MULTIMEDIA SKETCHBOOKS. Still managed to get a rapid sketch done while the catering crew began setting up for the evening. MUSHROOM CAPS were outstanding. Getting a chance to meet so many creatives was a real treat.

BREAKFAST BEFOE THE DEMO DAY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

BREAKFAST BEFOE THE DEMO DAY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

On Saturday, BINDERS had a store event where there were workshops and demos. This gal is a bit foggy in the morning  and this sketch proves she was in good company. An early riser does not always equal a morning person: I need a hour of mentally swimming through pudding before I can really start the day.

One of the things I like about the STILLMAN & BIRN journals is that the paper is drawing friendly and paint worthy. Usually papers do not have both these qualities in balance. The demonstration showed the use of wet and dry techniques, alternating painting with drawing to create a full image. I used Caran D’Ache Neocolor II wax pastels and Supracolor watercolor pencils to experiment with line and wash.

The outstanding MISTER DON COLLEY was present with his amazing sketchbooks. You owe yourself a trip to his website to see ” how drawing is done.” You can catch wind of his travels HERE.

 

 

QUICK SKETCH: WATERCOLOR IN A ZETA JOURNAL

October 30, 2013
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CLASS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. WATERCOLOR IN A STILLMAN & BIRN ZETA JOURNAL

Working in the time that is available…

ONE MAN’S STUDY…IS ANOTHER MAN’S EPIC

October 29, 2013
THE PACKAGE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. WATERCOLOR IN A STILLMAN & BIRN DELTA JOURNAL, IVORY PAPER.

THE PACKAGE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. WATERCOLOR IN A STILLMAN & BIRN DELTA JOURNAL, IVORY PAPER.

Why do a study? It is a good question if you can conjure the ear worm of PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL without hesitation.

Watercolor is a particularly good medium for undertaking studies, especially if you are aiming for a calligraphic approach and not a photographic/tonal effect.

BEACH STUDY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. WATERCOLOR IN A STILLMAN & BIRN ZETA JOURNAL...Working across the gutter!

BEACH STUDY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. WATERCOLOR IN A STILLMAN & BIRN ZETA JOURNAL…Working across the gutter!

REASONS TO DO WATERCOLOR STUDIES:

1. CALLIGRAPHY TAKES PRACTICE  
A good deal of the time, finding  meaningful marks creates a sense of depth. This calligraphic approach needs a sense of spontaneity. By figuring out the patterns of marks in an experimental manner, you are more likely to understand the play of light with a natural effect. The area to the lower right shows some of this kind of thinking. I do not really understand this area yet, but the refection of the pier in the wet sand flat is an interesting moment. I will go back and do another study of just this area. I may also do a second summary painting study in gouache.

2. ASK A TUBA PLAYER
Tuba Players warm up before the concert. Go ask one.

3. CHART YOUR PROGRESS
Charting your thoughts visually provides a valuable history. Progress is a real entity in skills that require application of theory. If one is doing exactly the same thing over and over to no good end, well…painting is the same as almost anything else in this regard. The book form gives one the opportunity to assess and change direction, experiment with new ideas, and see the change that gradually develops. A bunch of random sheets of paper in the studio usually fails to achieve this effect in my experience.

4. MAKE THE DAY REAL & REALIZED
Your life is worth visual documentation. If one is going to TWITTER and FACEBOOK and EMAIL- I would suggest that a visual journal will no doubt take the same amount of time  and will provide a more meaningful document at the end of the day.

5. MIX IT UP
The first image in on the ivory paper of a DELTA journal. I recently discovered the  slight warmth is wonderful for interiors and portraits. The smooth surface of the ZETA journal lends itself to creating little blobs and marks with tidelines just like hot press watercolor paper. If you are working with the same paper all the time (for study and for larger works ) how will you know about different effects based on paper participation?


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