Friday, April 23, 2010

Hello All-
Here is an iris from last summer for you.

Dream Boogie is going great. There is alot of "ownwork", Sark's version of homework.  It is bringing SO many things to light for myself. There is a supportive community of fellow dreamers, videos, interviews, and worksheets. There are many challenges and so many lessons I am learning.

I wanted to mention this book. Expressive Drawing :Freeing the Artist Within by Steven Aimone. I borrowed it from the library and I really recommend it if you want to be a little more free with your art. There are lots of exercises to try. Here is the synopsis:

The many people who long to draw—but feel too intimidated to try—will rejoice at the wonderful first entry in this brand-new creative series. Written by arts educator Steven Aimone, it’s packed with solid, friendly, hands-on instruction, as well as inspiring images, and backed by the trusted AARP name. Aimone teaches an accessible style called expressive drawing that emphasizes line and mark, rather than rendering a specific object, which for many people, can create barriers to self-expression. Exercises start off simple and quick, encouraging readers to work on instinct and feeling, while the later ones focus on detail and refinement. The book features hundreds of
images of work by well-known artists from Debuffet to Jim Dine—and each chapter includes a profile of someone who came to drawing late in life and achieved recognition.

I am only at the beginning and haven't tried any of the exercises yet but plan to over the weekend!
I hope you have a great one!


jacqueline said...

This is such a gorgeous photo! So happy to hear that Dream Boogie is going so well! I would love to attend it too one day. Thanks so much for sharing that book! I would love to check it out! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

p/s: Love your blog header!

Kate England said...

Tons of inspiration found here this week! I'm glad you're having lots of creative fun! Thanks for the book recommendation!

Kolleen said...

so happy to hear you are loving Dream Boogie and I love the term "ownwork"....SARK is so brilliant....she just gets it!!!

thank you also for the book recommendation...looking forward to seeing what you come up with after doing some of the exercises!!

happy weekend beautiful Dana!

AG Ambroult said...

looks like a great book. I'll have to pick it up. I'm currently going through "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" with my girls. Highly recommended.