365 Days of Art: Day 238 – Drawing an Allen Wrench and an “Ah Ha!” Moment

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

I will not go into today. All I will tell you is that 1) there is a reason I personally don’t home school and 2) if you get German roaches, you have to remove everything from every drawer and closet. Oh, 3) there is not enough allergy free vodka on the planet. Oh, yeah, and 5) I mean 4) (hello vodka) I will spare you the pain of how the post office started holding my mail even though I didn’t ask them to.

So that was today. First world problems galore, and seriously, why am I complaining?

Tonight, I have no emotional energy left, and I don’t want on start another project, so I’m drawing an Allen wrench. Why? Because I wanted something simple to draw, and it was in my junk drawer. It was that or a safety pin, and those have too many curves and I feel like drawing straight lines tonight.

Now that I’m looking at this Allen wrench, it ain’t so simple, but I will give it a go.

Here it is:

Here is the real thing:

One other thing happened today:

Have you ever watched a tutorial video or read something that totally changed your life? After my first Karate lesson at age 19, I left the dojo with a new awareness of how to defend myself. Something triggered. My brain changed. When I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Steven King, I put it down and said, “Now I know how to write a novel,” and I began writing A Prophecy Forgotten, which was published five years later. This morning, I watched this daffodil video from Louise De Masi, and something triggered in my brain. Watercolor makes sense. Her painting style is how I feel like I paint. I feel like the world of watercolors just got unlocked. (I’m sure there is a cheesy video game example hidden in here somewhere.) I think I am going to do something like she did. I’m going to do this daffodil painting, and then I’m going to use her process to do my own orchid painting.

Other things I’ve been mulling over for about two weeks: Why is it that I think I’ve progressed so much further with drawing than with watercolors? I’ve come to some conclusions:

  • Watercolors are just hard. Let’s be realistic. Water rules the world. It can sink the Titanic, it can divide islands during a hurricane (here’s looking at you, Sanibel and Captiva and how ever many new islands you are), and lack of it can decimate nations. I seriously can’t expect it to obey my every whim the way graphite can.
  • I’ve been doing watercolors from books with someone telling me what paint to use. While I think this is a good exercise for beginners, I think I may have progressed more looking at a picture and trying to paint it myself. With drawing, I just sat down and tried to do it. (Part of this was motivated by my desire to sleep instead of pulling out the watercolors.) Experimentation, though it starts slow, may actually be the quickest way to learn in the long run, with art anyway.
  • I started small with drawing. I remember drawing the Hershey’s Kiss, and realizing I had figured out how to do texture just by trying.

Anyway, I’m not sure where these thoughts and realizations will lead on this art journey, but it will be fun to figure out. On another note, yesterday, I just got some Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, so those will be fun to try as well.

I’ve got to go to bed. Have a great evening, everyone!

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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