Wednesday, 1 October 2014

30 Sketches in 30 Days


A couple of days ago I thought I'd have to go back and scan all these sketches after discovering at the 11th hour that scanning would eradicate the grey/brown hue of the paper in the photographed versions. However, I was a puddle of exhaustion today so I went with what I already had. The one scan I did at the very end now stands out in a ridiculous manner amongst what I like to now think of as my sepia toned work. But I have come to quite enjoy less than perfect  outcomes. They tell the warts-and-all story of the evolution of things rather than trying to gloss over the shortcomings at the end. Am I rambling? Yes, I thought so! That's one of the side-effects of these 30 day challenges!

Thanks so much to everyone who has left comments and offered words of support and encouragement throughout the month. I'm sorry I haven't responded to all the comments, I will endeavour to lift my game!!! See all the other collages on Leslie Saeta's blog by clicking here.

40 comments:

  1. Your sketches are wonderful! Congratulations!!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! Love your abstracts!

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    1. Thanks so much Martine! Congrats to you to!

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  3. Congratulations Wendy on achieving this outcome, it is a huge commitment but so worthwhile

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    1. Thanks Lorraine I've appreciated your visits over the course of the challenge. Love what you've been doing!

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  4. Congratulations, Wendy!! Great sketches, well done!

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    1. Thanks so much Hilje!! I appreciate your encouragement!

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  5. I spent some time writing a comment that I am afraid got lost. I have enjoyed your support and comments so much I do not want you to think I did not bother so just in case...here goes again.
    I really enjoyed all the sketches you did for the challenge. It was a great idea and they stood out from all the others. After 30 of them you can do them in your sleep! So congratulations and I look forward to seeing whats coming next in Wendy's Art World

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    1. Thanks for such a lovely, enthusiastic comment Julie! Unfortunately your first one must have disappeared into the ether!
      I so enjoyed following your painting adventures during the challenge! I am just about to catch up on your latest work now having not spent much time on blogging these last couple of weeks.

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  6. Wow, 30 great works, you should make a calender or post cards , they are really worth it !

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    1. Thanks so much Jane. What a nice suggestion!

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  7. Congratulations, Wendy! The collage speaks for itself on the incredible job you did.

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    1. You are very kind Celia - thank you! I love your latest sketches!

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  8. Oh Wendy - these are also so wonderful. In looking over them it is amazing the diversity I see here my friend. Such talent. Congratulations too in finishing strong. Have a beautiful day and be sure and relax!!

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie, you were such a great support throughout the challenge with all your comments. Your beautiful blog posts are always uplifting.

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  9. wonderful Wendy! very satisfying to complete such a challenge I would imagine. I dont blame you for not getting around to scanning them all, now that WOULD be an arduous task. enjoy your lovely spring

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    1. Thanks Sally, yes I can only take masochism so far and the challenge had used up my entire quota for the year. I joke of course - I LOVED doing the challenge. It was very satisfying to complete it.

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  10. Congrats Wendy! Your collage looks amazing, I love the combination of sketches and paintings:)

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    1. Thanks so much Karen, you created a wonderful body of work throughout your challenge!

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  11. Wow Wendy you have been busy. So much to catch up on. Loved seeing your fabulous challenge. Well done you for achieving your goal. I could not be so disciplined in producing something of your calibre every day. I'm ignoring your warts and all comment as I didn't see any warts... lol. All I saw was your fabulous drawing skill that I remember seeing in your en plain air work in London. Hasn't time gone so quickly already? I loved your post on hugging the tree in Glastonbury. You would definitely have fitted in with the locals. I do remember you saying you had a fetish for trees. I do too but I stop at painting them rather than hugging them. You never know what might be crawling up them lol. Anyway I will catch up with you again soon and thanks for leaving your lovely comments too. It really is a shame there is so much distance between us. Take care. xx

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    1. Hi Laura, thanks for your very lovely comments. Yes it does seem like a long time since meeting you in London. Sigh! What a great day that was! It is a shame we are so far away from each other.
      It has been such a pleasure to see your prolific and experimental output from your Scottish adventure. You must be thrilled with what you are achieving! xx

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  12. G'Day and Good Onya You So Very Busy Art Mate!
    Wow! Wendy! You are one rocking prolific artist! I so love all your daily works. So hard to keep up with you! But I am "out here" checking out your blog! Love them all. I so love the motorbike works! Love the ones with the splashes of red! Also loved reading your text! So glad you had a chance to be with your Dad and have him see you sketch! So nice on so many levels! Now take a little break and please bring on your ever so colorful paintings from the beautiful land Down Under! Take care Wendy!
    Your Happy That You Have Completed This Challenge Art Buddy From Beautiful Autumn In New England Art Buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Michael, as ever your comments are balm for the soul! I always appreciate your enthusiastic comments and compliments! I have missed sketching since the challenge but needed a break. I hope to get back to my acrylics again soon too. I think I will try to keep up with both on a regular basis. Sketching is rather addictive.
      Your Grateful For Every Kind Comment From Her New England Art Cobber,
      Wendy

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  13. Hi Wend, you are have a amazing blog, is a pleasure coming here!

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    1. Thanks so much Ricardo! I love your very original paintings!

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  14. I am in complete admiration of this collection of daily artwork! What an amazing accomplishment, and I'm looking forward to hearing your reflections about the whole thing and how it's affected your approach to your artwork.

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    1. You are very kind Katherine! Thanks so much for your interest and encouragement.
      I find the challenge format works very well for me as it gives me a reason to push through the inertia that can so often get in the way of things. Not only that, it was a great distraction from what has been a very difficult and stressful time for our family with my father being hospitalised. The creative process has a magical effect on my mood as I'm sure it does for every artist. It transports me into the present moment which offers a brief reprieve from the stress. I also found that the daily sketching allowed my skills to improve quickly and at times I was quite surprised (pleasantly) with what came out of my pen. My self-imposed criteria of going straight in with pen was unbelievably liberating. While it didn't deliver the level of accuracy I usually feel compelled to achieve when it comes to perspective and detail, I think my work was far more vibrant because of it. It was quite the revelation! I realised that being less obsessive over "getting it right" made it so much easier to dive straight in to a sketch without over thinking things to the point where it might not get started at all. Not starting at all has been a common outcome in the past.
      Thanks for encouraging me to put my reflections down in writing Katherine, I always enjoy reading about the thinking processes that go on behind the scenes of your stunning work.

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  15. = ) What happy works of ART!
    CONGRATS!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Sue! I appreciate your support!

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  16. Wendy, I am finally home from my trip and am able to post again. I did view a few of your sketches while I was away but it was too hard to post from the device I was using. Wow!!! I just went through your month of posts. You did an awesome job on the 30 sketches!!! My favorites are your grandmother's colander and the ones of the motorcycle. Congrats on finishing!

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    1. Thanks so much Joan! It is great to have you back and to see what you got up to in Italy. I have only had time so far to have a quick look at your blog but what I have seen is GOBSMACKING! Your blog was a huge inspiration to me to take up sketching when I went to the UK in July and now I am addicted to sketching on location! I can see how and why you sketch every day now!
      My Grandma's colander is one of my favourites too!

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  17. Bonjour,

    Grâce à Katherine je découvre avec beaucoup d'intérêt votre travail... Et quel beau challenge avez-vous réussi ! Je suis admirative devant toutes ces oeuvres en si peu de temps !
    Je reviendrai vous visiter avec grand bonheur.
    Gros bisous ❀ ☼ ❀

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    1. Bonjour Martine,
      I am so pleased that you discovered me via Katherine's blog-hop. It has also allowed me to discover your beautiful blog. Thanks so much for your very kind comments!
      Hugs, Wendy

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  18. They look great Wendy. I am still working away...but I am going to take a few days off this weekend! :) Hope you have a lovely weekend. What is in bloom in your garden today?

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    1. Thanks Shawna! I am in awe that you have been continuing to paint every day despite the challenge ending weeks ago! Your exhibition will be AMAZING!! I hope to post very soon with oodles of flower photos I've taken this past month or so. Oh yes, the flower you enquired about in a previous post was a grevillea. There are hundreds of different types over here and the birds love them!

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  19. Hi Wendy, I found you via Katherine Thomas. Wow, your drawings are amazingly beautiful...so elegant! Congratulations on completing the challenge!

    Happy to have found your blog! Looking forward to seeing more!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and for your very kind comments Lisa! I'm so happy you found me too and I am now a follower of your wonderful blog!

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  20. Thank you very much for your comment in my blog, I really take inspiration from you.

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    1. You are very kind Ricardo, thank you!

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