4.02.2016

Compass Daisies

I'm on term break. Yay! My assignments are up to date and I've got another (almost) 2 weeks left till I'm due back in class.

And, if you think you can handle it, there's more exciting news........I'm back in my upstairs studio! I've missed it so much and it's wonderful to be back in my own space instead of sharing our little study with John. This room has wonderful light and I can finally get out my video gear again :)

So, last week. Since I had all this amazing free school holiday time on my hands I cleaned my desk, sharpened my pencils, got out my drawing journal ............ and............ nothing. No amazing drawings (or ideas) appeared spontaneously like they're supposed to. So, I had to do it the hard way and spent a few days doing some average warm up drawings until I came up with something I wanted to see through.

Here it is, my Compass Daisies:


Basic in concept, consuming in time, but fun nonetheless and I love how they turned out.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
hx

28 comments:

  1. I love your work. This is such a pretty piece and your shading is perfect.

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  2. Beautiful! Totally love them. Judging from the title you used a compass? I will have to try something like this.
    Thank you for inspiration yet again!
    I do read all your post through your email news. The downside to those are the fact that I am really bad (I'm not lazy, I am really really busy!!! ;) at hitting the link and leaving a comment.
    Thank you for sharing all your amazing artwork and your life.

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    1. Hi Ann. Thank you :) I created the circles using a compass (and for some a circle template) to keep them evenly spaced. I'm in the process of putting together a quick-draw video showing me drawing one of them, but I'm trying to learn a new video editing program at the same time (I know, I'm a glutton for punishment!), so it's taking me a bit longer to get it done. h

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    2. Yay! Can't wait for that video! This is so pretty and I guess totally relaxingly time-consuming ;-)

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  3. these are gorgeous Helen....did you use a compass?

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. Yes, I used a compass and/or circle template for the circle framework :) h

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  4. They truly are beautiful Helen, and so very expressive with the amazing shading you so deftly apply. I kid you not, they are definitely pointing in the right direction - couldn't help it, had to say it.

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  5. the shading around their centers! wow...just lovely

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    1. Thanks, Heidi Sue. I have to admit that I get a bit bored when it comes to the shading part, especially on these more detailed pieces. But it makes such a difference that I know I need to do it. h

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  6. I love your work no matter how it floats or is choked into your consciousness!
    It's not your usual style, though, the daisies are uniform and they don't dance off the page as individual alive-personalities, like most of your other designs. I wonder what school is doing to you that must be cramping your creativity. Just a thought.
    Don't get me wrong, I love the daisies and the shading, I'm just saying.....you are a brilliant artist.
    Do not stop giving us whatever you've got!

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    1. Thanks, Kay :) They are a bit different from my usual work :)

      With school I am definitely having to cram a lot of info in a short period of time since I've started which is consuming a lot of brain-energy. Admittedly most of this is self-inflicted as I'm a perfectionist, so I've probably accelerated a normal gradual learning curve into my own Everest as I want to be able to do amazing stuff with the programs I'm learning (Illustrator, etc). Why walk when you can fly, right?

      Though the creativity aspect overlaps there is a definite difference in looking at a computer for hours on end (this part does my head in a bit I must say) to the tactile experience of creating artwork with pen and paper. Still I'm loving it as I thrive on the challenge of learning new stuff :) h

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    2. You are amazing!
      The learning curve is the why of getting up each morning! The higher the curve, the better the learning. Reaching with fingertips, on tiptoes is a most exhilarating endeavor--but how to tell the brain that won't turn off that it dearly needs to find sleep in the nighttime?
      Keep doing what you're doing, you are a joy!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE them! I am really in to flowers and this is a great idea for me to try. Thank you, as always, for your beautiful inspiration!
    Barb B. CZT

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    1. Thanks, Barb :) I'm in the process of putting together a quick-draw video to show how I do them, but they are super easy. A bit of pencilled in framework and off you go :) h

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  8. I love these daisies. Always love seeing your latest creations.

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  9. Daisies are my favorite flower and these are absolutely gorgeous. Always love your work Helen.

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    1. Mine too! I love them, so classic and beautiful :) Thank you! h

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  10. Love these daisies. Did you use a compass or are these hand drawn? I am new to your site and I am blown away with the beauty of your line work. Presently I am going through your ebooks just in awe. Could you step out the development of this gorgeous design?

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    1. Hi! Thank you :) I do use a compass for the framework circles for these daisies, along with some pencil lines. They could be free-hand, but I wanted the evenly spaced look for this piece.

      I am currently in the process of doing a quick-draw video for these ones which will hopefully (providing I can master my new video editing software) be on the blog in a few days :) h

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  11. How about a step out instead of a video. I find a step out a lot easier to use and you do them so well!!

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    1. I'm most of the way through the video so I'll get that one done first and see how I go with a step out :) h

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  12. You are always an inspiration. I really like the compass daisies and will have to give it a try. Your tumbleweed pattern has become a real go-to for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  13. Your work and artistry is so much appreciated--and by many who don't think to leave notes for you. Many thanks for all you share with the wide world of tanglers! The compass daisies are charming!
    Wendy in Massachusetts

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