More Sidewalk Art: One

A few months ago I wrote a post about some artwork I did inspired by a book:  Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun , by Carla Sonheim. (Look here for the post.)

I recently pulled out the photos of sidewalk cracks that I’d taken back then and did some more drawings. I find it is the perfect activity for my TV watching time on the sofa at night. I’ll post the ones I’ve got on hand and you might be interested to know that I went out on a walk around the local library and found some more visual raw material. I took photos and I am sure I will be doing more of this kind of drawing.

Anyway, I thought I’d start out with the page I drew in the earlier post. Why? Because I realize I took the same photo and worked it over again. I’ll show you that one, too. I didn’t compare the two until after the second one was done. Funny how things go in the art life, isn’t it?

My method is to take one photo and rotate it through a circle – that way I can do four drawings from one photo.

I’m not going to try to match things up here. I’ll just show you the photo and the two sets of drawings.

All right, enough talking. Now some looking.

I’ll set the two drawings side by side so you can see them in one frame. Can you tell which panels go with each other?

11 thoughts on “More Sidewalk Art: One

  1. Sandra McCall

    What an awesome idea! I’ve never heard of that exercise, so thanks for sharing. Of course, the way you translated the idea is what makes it magical. ❤

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I urge you to try it. (Sidewalks crack no matter where in the world you are, plenty of raw material, right?) It was relaxing and freeing to work this way.

      1. Sandra McCall

        Les and I just got back from an art day at the lake. We hiked up into the granite boulders to overlook the lake and to be alone with our paints and pencils. The rock faces reminded me of the sidewalk cracks, so I told Les about your doodle exercise.
        He’s got a gig tonight so it is nap to prepare for a long night, grab his stuff together and take off. But I can’t wait to show him what you did with the cracks as a jump off point. He will love your work as much as I do.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. This is really a rewarding pastime on a lot of levels – makes you think, you come up with some interesting ideas, and inspiration is everywhere. Plus I can take my pen and notebook and find a subject anywhere! I also like the surprise of seeing what emerges as I draw, one thing leads to another…

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