Friday, 20 August 2021

And That's A Wrap! {at last}

Hello Friends!

It's a wrap!

ICAD is complete for 2021.  I am immensely relieved, and impatient now to move on to other things on proper water colour papers.  While ICAD is fun, it's sometimes a tie with the commitment, and often a lot of effort for such a poor quality piece of paper.

Just a recap on my objectives.  First was to try to spend no more than 30 minutes on each card, excluding drying time; second was to only draw freehand, not using stamps; and third was no collage or glue as I wanted to keep them flat this year. I achieved two and three easily, maybe not sticking exactly to my 30 minute limit on a few, but then I brought some in in under 10 minutes.  Swings and Roundabouts, Roundabouts and Swings.

Also, I hoped my drawing skills would improve.   Whether or not that happened I'm not sure, but what I have learned is that an image can often be improved just by working over with different layers.  Slowly, then, a half way decent image emerges in most cases.

I don't think I'm the kind of artist who can really let go.  By that, I mean get messy. I am very much about neat, precise lines.  I need to look at this and aim to loosen up my work more.

Finally, it's all objective.  There's no right or wrong, and not everyone will like my work, and some will love it.  You might like one very much, but for another one you might wonder what on earth was I thinking.  The main thing is, for me, is you took time to look, and for that, thank you.

So, here are the final few.

53/61  Much harder to draw than I thought it would be.  Surprised there's any sort of circular form, never mind what I managed to achieve.


54/61


55/61 Freehand drawn with Sakura Gel pens, then pulled the ink before it dried.


56/61  Now for something edible.  

57/61 Radish in watercolour paints

58/61 Fuchsia

59/61 mixed media dandelion "firework display"

60/61 while using yellow I had to do just one more happy little sunflower!  I wanted to do leaves, but that would have taken me way over 30 minutes.  As it is, soon as I saw the photo, I could see how squiffy this is!


61/61 Finis!


Thank you for all your love and support.  Finally finished, but I DID IT! 

Until next time
Stay safe, stay well

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations and well done on all your hard work. I love them all I really do but my personal favourites are the first, the last, the sunflower and the fuschia. You really are talented and I hope you continue to have fun with better paper. Would love to see the results of future work :) Well done again for completing the challenge :)

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Don't worry, if I do turn out anything worthwhile I will share. The thing about ICAD is you share it all, the good, the indifferent, and the bad. Looking forward to digging out some medium good quality paper next, as the really good stuff is expensive!

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  2. Well done, dear Deb! I clearly see your love of color in your work. The heart fashioned of florals is lovely and my personal favorite! Have a happy evening, my friend. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Yes, I like the technique I discovered for the heart {which I shared earlier examples previously} and will definitely use it again. Have a lovely weekend xoxo

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  3. Yeah for you, Deb, on completing this challenge with some very lovely florals especially the sunflowers and that floral Finis.

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice, yes it's been a journey and a bit for me, but perseverance won the day. The sunflower is a particular favourite of mine as they are my favourite flower.

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  4. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! It doesn't matter if you finished a little late, or if some of them are maybe not your best work. The point is you did it. And doesn't it feel fantastic whenever you finish an art or craft project? Goodness knows there are enough of them trying to get your attention that managing to complete one is something to celebrate.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. Yes, there's the sense of accomplishment, and then the redirection of attention to all the WiP's!

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  5. like the fuchsia best and the sense of movement in the first image

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I love how everyone sees things differently, as I'd never thought of movement in that image, now it's all I see!

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  6. This just amazes me, Deb. I don't think I have what it takes to complete a challenge like this. If you're so inclined, I'd like to hear more about your decision to take an indefinite break from Twitter (something I've been on the verge of a few times lately).

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    1. Thank you, I don't know what I can say more about my indefinite Twitter break other than I am on a prolonged break from it. Was there something specific?

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  7. Congratulations, Deb! Your work ethic is admirable, and your artistry is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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  8. Just now seeing all your drawings/paintings. I love them all, but especially your dedication to doing it everyday. It really is all about finding your own style and improving upon that rather than (like me) giving up because it doesn't look like the style you wished you could do.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. For me, it's a lot about the play, experimenting as well as hopeful improvement.

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  9. I am so behind in my blog visits! Congrats on sticking mostly with your plan and completing the project. Lovelovelove ALL of these! Had to look up "squiffy". New word to me. Take care, Deb!

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