Posts Tagged ‘kannapolis nc’

URBAN SKETCHING: SPLASH PADS

July 27, 2014
SPLASHPAD: Huntersville, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved.

SPLASHPAD: Huntersville, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved.

It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment,
but not a frozen moment.
ANDREW WYETH

Splash Pads are a great place to practice gesture drawing, because the activity is so frenetic there is no time to get fussy about perfect contour drawing. The human drama is also compelling: seeing people engage in a group activity even though most are strangers at first.

SPLASH PAD: Kannapolis City Park, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SPLASH PAD: Kannapolis City Park, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Tentative splashers hang back and observe. Those with brio go berserk roaring like monsters. There is the silent spoiler, who jams the jet with a bucket or foot. The malcontent screams to get wet and then screams to get dry.

July in the South is HOT.

Splash Pad: Kannapolis City Park. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Splash Pad: Kannapolis City Park. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Sitting in the shade near a splash pad will guarantee a cooler location for an urban sketcher! You can find one in the local park or in the middle of an upscale shopping mall, just a step away from STARBUCKS.

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Urban Sketching: Kannapolis ‘ Brew’ pub

July 18, 2014

I was always a sucker for the theme to CHEERS:

” WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME…”

BREW PUB: KANNAPOLIS , NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Pitt artist pens and Micron pens in a STILLMAN & BIRN ALPHA journal.

BREW PUB: KANNAPOLIS , NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Pitt artist pens and Micron pens in a STILLMAN & BIRN ALPHA journal.

A brew pub has been established in town and with good dinner specials it seems that a local crowd is gathering on a regular basis. So it is nice to revisit a setting  that reminds me a  bit of the local pub in my hometown.

Coming from a place that had SERIOUS IRISH, the pub atmosphere was a part of life.

SERIOUS IRISH means that:

• There is a brogue in your immediate family.

• Green beer on ST. PATRICK’S DAY is not a possibility.

• You know what the word ‘egit’ means because you were dubbed so more than once for good cause. The time you dropped your brother down the laundry shoot would be one such time, for example.
• TRIFLE is not a small thing but a gelatinous- love it- or- hate it blob.

• When you landed in really hot water, the entire HOLY FAMILY is invoked by name…ending with JOSEPH. Dad’s are always the last to know.

• Your mother has made her own BAILEY’s, with more strange ingredients than a witch’s brew.

• Irish soda bread is a fiercely guarded recipe, committed to heart and rarely written for posterity.

• Stew is a lifestyle.

• Ham is as important as air.

TR’s ALL AMERICAN is the hometown pub in NY. If I showed up there today I would find classmates from grammar and high school. Stories at the bar chase a person from first grade well into middle-age. Nobody ever forgets anything in these places: the room is dark and the memory is long.
The decor has changed little over time. It reminds me of a  funeral parlor with forest green wallpaper, lots of wood, and TEDDY ROOSEVELT memorabilia. There will be  SERIOUS IRISH there, despite the numerous changes in management and menu.

There is no SERIOUS IRISH here and now in KANNAPOLIS, but I expect by this point I take it as a ‘ TRAVELER’ and bring it along on my own. At least there is a local place than can conjure the ambiance if I squint.

 

 

 

 

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.

COLOR: AUTUMN

October 28, 2013
CLINE STREET. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN BETA MULTIMEDIA PAPER, CARAN D'ACHE NEOCOLOR 2 CRAYONS, SUPRACOLOR WATERCOLOR PENCILS

CLINE STREET. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN BETA MULTIMEDIA PAPER, CARAN D’ACHE NEOCOLOR 2 CRAYONS, SUPRACOLOR WATERCOLOR PENCILS

Color is my day-long obsession,  joy and torment.
CLAUDE MONET

Well, for a dude who painted gardens —old Monet was a bit high strung!

Took longer than usual to work on this piece, spending about an hour and change building intensity with the crayons.  Beautiful weather…

THE LINES BE ” TWEENS”…

October 14, 2013
TWEENS AT THE FAIR. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN DELTA JOURNAL with pigment ink liners by ZIG.

TWEENS AT THE FAIR. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN DELTA JOURNAL with pigment ink liners by ZIG.

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
PABLO PICASSO

Picasso may be referring to a state where you lose your ego. For artists this is a big challenge, one in which the sketchbook is an invaluable resource. It can be a place where fluency can be developed and outside influence can be silenced. Seeing happens on many levels, most of which operate better without the constraints of self judgment. If the goals are limited and focused, something interesting will happen: just leave the ego out of it.

I had a yoga teacher in college who was a very bendy babe. She was a woman ” of a certain age” who was frankly more spry than most of the members of her class. She clearly knew something about something bigger than yoga.

She told us to remember whenever you bend in one direction you should do a counter bend in the opposite direction. Seemed like a good play for sanity and balance. This point has stayed with me.

I have been painting shapes with gouache for a bit, so now I am going to do a bend in the opposite direction: linear description.

After many years of doing highly precise and technical drawing with rapidoliners, I admit a kind of fine line PTSD.  I usually choose more natively ” expressive tools” in reaction to the lack of balance in the past .

The challenge using these tools now, will be in some transformation of my point of view: can the fine line be expressive ? Of course.

Paper with a slight tooth will help with more individuated mark making. The ivory paper in the STILLMAN AND BIRN DELTA journal also adds a feature of warmth when greeting black line.

These drawings start with a time limit and a free form gestural base that tries to summarize the environment. I make quick notations in the areas of darkest shadow, and midtones. People are placed first because they refuse to sit still. When they have moved on I focus on the environmental particulars.

STILMAN AND BIRN BETA JOURNAL: Urban Sketching this weekend…

October 7, 2013
GREENWAY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE and STILLMAN AND BIRN BETA JOURNAL.

GREENWAY. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE and STILLMAN AND BIRN BETA JOURNAL.

RESTAURANT FORTY-SIX. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, INK AND GOUACHE + STILAMN AND BIRN BETA JOURNAL

RESTAURANT FORTY-SIX. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, INK AND GOUACHE + STILAMN AND BIRN BETA JOURNAL

Took STILLMAN & BIRN’s BETA JOURNAL along for the ride all weekend: a great painting and drawing paper. I have been drawing a lot with ink and markers, so getting out the paint felt really good. Switching things up keeps the process fresh. It is good to have small increments of time to quickly describe an environment—-all part of honing the ability to filter information. Also keeps dinner companions from feeling left out of the equation.

MEMORIAL DAY: VETERANS PARK-KANNAPOLIS NC

May 27, 2013

VETERANS PARK KANNAPOLIS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE IN STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA JOURNAL.

VETERANS PARK – KANNAPOLIS NC around 4 PM. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE IN STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA JOURNAL.

Today the governor came to the ribbon cutting ceremony at Veterans Park in Kannapolis, NC. I arrived later in the day to catch the shadows. Sketching the crowd I could see that this was a highly emotional day for many. There were dogs and children and neighborly greetings…with heads bowed down in memory and tribute.

The crowds came and went as I expect they always will..because small towns remember and never forget.

 

 

 

DO IT LIKE A YOGI: drawing after contemplation

May 19, 2013
MASCOT MANIA NITE, KANNAPOLIS IMTIMIDATORS BASEBALL. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED> DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.  GOUACHE and CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCIL.

MASCOT MANIA NITE, KANNAPOLIS IMTIMIDATORS BASEBALL. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE and CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCIL.

You can observe a lot just by watching.
YOGI BERRA

Working loose and open can tell a bigger story than a thousand details. Urban sketching is a great practice because the tendency to get nit picky is constantly stifled by life and movement. Sitting for a few moments and sizing up the scene is absolutely essential.

• identify the biggest moments: of light, color, or gesture

• note the parts which are constant and which will move quickly

• capture moving parts in about 3 lines, stating gesture

• make some small marks to indicate how the environment meets this moving part, so when the person/vehicle/animal leaves….you can fill in this info at that time. MAP THE SCENE.

• remember that value has the ability to sum up a situation with brevity and impact

OPENING YOUR INNER EYE

February 16, 2013
CAROLINA INTERIORS AT CANNON VILLAGE. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. STRATHMORE TONED TAN PAPER

CAROLINA INTERIORS AT CANNON VILLAGE. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. STRATHMORE TONED TAN PAPER

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
CAMILLE PISSARRO

STARBUCKS: FAMILY. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. STRATHMORE TONED TAN PAPER.

STARBUCKS: FAMILY. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. STRATHMORE TONED TAN PAPER.

 

THE BEAUTIFUL OFF KILTER

January 5, 2013
BAKERS CREEK. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Pentel Pocket brush pen

BAKERS CREEK. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Pentel Pocket brush pen

Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.

DAVID BYRNE

Pentel makes a wonderful thing: THE PENTEL POCKET BRUSH PEN. It is essentially a fountain pen with a brush tip— and many of my recent drawings are using it to create bold, high contrast images. It is a handy portable tool, without the mess of carrying a bottle of black india ink about in your pocket. I stopped bringing india ink when I had an explosion on a sketch trip–leaving me sticky, inky, and looking like I dug the Holland Tunnel with my bare hands. Pentel has got me happy again…

Drawing with a brush is an excellent approach to daily practice for a number of reasons:

• It is efficient: you are drawing and painting at the same time

• A brush line leads one to simplify the image, and this pushes the artist to be interpretive not repetitive. Why do you want to draw a photo to look like a photo? Leave that by the wayside: draw to interpret the world, to see it through your point of view, to document it through your own eyes.

• Working with a brush makes you more sensitive to line quality. Small changes in pressure and angle dramatically alter the path of a line, the emotional content of your subject matter, and your body language.

• Ink is definite! It is bold! It is undeniable. Frittering around with ghostly pale lines can leave you in a state of perpetual indecision. In drawing he who bumbles about in the everlasting gray — ends up having a hard time really seeing the subject matter. GET TO THE POINT. I advise everyone to take time to draw with ink, without any pencil guides…at any stage of your experience. Drive the bike without training wheels. Learn to see all lines as good lines. Learn to make drawings that are true and honest. Let finesse come later, because it is not going to come sooner!

• Less is more. Using a tool that makes you think about each movement on the page also makes you mindful and perhaps economical.