Thursday, September 29, 2011

What's In My Sketch Book?

I have always love “botanical Illustration”, especially those from the Victorian period.  A lot of them were drawn by naturalists as they explored new land (like my beloved Aussieland!).

The drawings the naturalists done were mostly of watercolour with beautiful line work.  They captured the plant so beautifully and still maintained the correct anatomical form of the species for scientific research purposes.

Of course, my sketch /drawing / watercolour skills are no where near the naturalists, but I think I’d give it a try.

Here is a little flower sketch work for your musing. :)

20110905 Flower 2



20110905 Flower CU


Apart from dealing with the health issue, there have been major upheavals in my work place that it's affecting other aspects of my personal life.  In other words to say, I've been feeling out of sort or maybe more accurately, I'm burnt out!!!

What more better to do when the going gets tough, the tough go blog surfing ...

I came across an interesting blog button when visiting Sadee's place.  I followed the link to find out about Creative Courage.  I took it as synchronicity at work and enrolled to the e-Course later that day.  (Yeap, it's as if I have hours and hours of free time and boundless energy ...)

Creative Courage is a 7-week e-Course hosted by Stephanie Levy.  The course is not related to any art making skills but to deal with the foundation of all creative venture.

To quote Stephanie's own words about the course: 

"Creative Courage is a seven week e-course that will give you inspiration, tools, and resources to help you realize your creative dreams.  It is designed as a practical guide to help you find, clarify, and follow your unique, creative path." 

The course just started and I'm slowly feeling its effect on me.  Hopefully it will help to sort out some creative issues that I've had since I started to draw and paint.

I'm taking a big breath and dive into the abyss ...  

Til then, my dear fellow bloggers and creatives, have a lovely weekend!

(The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday - hosted by Eva and Kristin.  All are welcomed!  Do join in to share and support each other!)

42 comments:

stephanie levy said...

What a beautiful blog you have here - so magical. I love that header photo :) Thanks so much for taking part in Creative Courage and I hope you are enjoying yourself! xo

WrightStuff said...

The course sounds just perfect. Pretty little flower :)
I've done a flower this week for PPF too. Great minds think alike and all that.
Hope you feel better soon. Take it easy on yourself.

Miriam Kaye said...

Hi Jamie, that watercolour piece is beautiful :)

Hope you feel better soon, burn-out is not great - I've been there and done that!

Take care and wishing you a relaxing weekend.

xxMiriam

Margo said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping in at my blog! You've got a great blog here...your sketches are fabulous!

I'll be back again. Take care!

Netty said...

The course sounds ideal and hope you get to feel better soon. Love the delicacy of your colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

NatashaMay said...

The flower is beautiful! I hope you rest soon and feel better.:)

craftattack said...

Your flower is beautiful, take care of yourself, and hope you are soon feeling better. Valerie

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Fabulous art..these are fantastic...gorgeous!
Enjoy yoru course!
Victoria

hastingshall2 said...

Your flower painting is beautifully done. I took a botanical illustration course at the local botanical garden and decided that I was not as precise as that category demands. It was a very stressful, very expensive week. (We each spent fifteen hours on our one leaf! We used brushes with about 4 hairs.) So I just paint flowers like I like them. Some are strictly dreamed up in my head; others are from flower photos. Yours looks a bit like an pretty aster. Faye

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love your flower illustration ~ and enjoy the course ~ have fun! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) HPPF ^_^

carlarey said...

Your sketches are always wonderful, they are so light and spontaneous feeling.

I respect those botanical illustrators, but i know I could never do that sort of work.

- T.W - said...

I hope you will feel better soon, that the e-course will help you back on track.

Your painting is stunning as always, the wet edges of the grey adds such a cool effect!

// - T.W -

Joni Nickrent said...

What a beautiful watercolor... perfection! Happy PPF! POP ART MINIS

Ayala Art said...

it's gorgeous, very sweet!

Christine said...

nice botanical flower!

RobanStudio said...

As always I love your watercolors in your sketchbook! I'm sorry to hear you h ave been feeling under the weather and that work is giving you grief. Thanks for the info on the course. I will check it out. Have a wonderful weekend. Happy PPF! :-)

Megan said...

Always enjoy seeing what you've been working on ~ what stands out to me is your shading in this one. I love Victorian botanical prints ~ well, all botanical prints, actually! Probably comes from my love of art & gardening... ~ Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love your watercolors in your sketchbook.
Hope you're feeling better soon.

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

SHERI C said...

Always LOVE your work. Thank you so much for the tip on the ecourse offered for Creative Courage. I may have to sign up! Happy PPF!

KAT said...

wonderful

- KAT -

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

perfectly done!
cheers, dana

Robin Panzer Art said...

Lovely Sketch! I hope you will keep us posted on the class, it sounds very interesting! Happy Paint Party Friday!
~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Scarlet said...

Beautiful job on your sketch. I'm going to have to check out an e-course one of these days. Yours sounds so cool!

Gloria said...

Hope you feel better soon, great work.

Rosie Kaplan said...

I have recenlty discovered the joys of painting in a stetch book. I love the way the paper crinkles. Lovely little flower sketch

Elisa Choi said...

this is a beautiful flower and I love the details and the colors and the big stone.. Love your photos as usual:) Great e-course and I hope you can learn as much. Take care!

Teri C said...

Beautiful composition for your beautiful bloom.

creatingme said...

beautiful. I love the little detail, and the smudgy look of the oval.

Rosy said...

This is very nice and you blog is also a nice one too.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Very lovely botanical painting :) I hope your health issues will ease up and you find much inspiration through your new e-course.

kristen said...

your work is very lovely and your blog is fresh and inspiring! It is so nice to connect with you through the CC e-course. hope to see more of you here and there! xokp

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Enjoy your new e-course! I know what you mean about enroling for yet one more thing. The world has so many interesting things to offer!

Cameron said...

Sometimes.....simplicity is what's called for...a single bloom can make the corner of a mouth turn upwards....or the heart skip a beat...
....a course in focusing on your creative dream sounds perfect....hopefully making the pursual of such, simpler, too :)

Yvonne said...

Hi Jamie,
Thanks for leaving such a wonderful comment on my blog - it really made my day!! I've been looking at this space of yours and it's beautiful! Love the light-filled beauty of your watercolour work and the way you stage your photos... I've added you to my favourites and will be back for more, for sure! :)

Geckostone said...

Your flower is beautiful, so simple and sweet! Happy PPF! Deb

Melisa said...

I'm glad to see you are still sketching even though you are feeling burnt out. The course sounds interesting. Let us know how you like it.

art2cee2 said...

The watercolor is gorgeous!

Martha Kisling said...

Love your watercolors - thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I saw that link too & that course looked wonderful. I hope you have a fabulous time & I look forward to reading about it. AND...of course wishing you time & energy to get it all done. :)

Heather said...

Love your painting! I am going to have to check out the Creative Courage!! Sounds very interesting.

Theresa said...

Pretty flower & I love your golden beetle. Sorry you had to cancel the visit to King Tut. I hope you still get a chance to go. I saw it years ago but missed it in SF this time around. I hope your health gets better. Thanks for sharing the creative class. Theresa

Kristin Dudish said...

Your flower is lovely (and I'm so glad you incorporated your signature dots into the painting)!

The course sounds great - I hope you're feeling much better soon :)

xo
Kristin