I'm participating in my first ever blog swap, Paula's Wild West Tag Swap to be exact! I'm so excited to be participating and since it is my first swap I wanted to do something special. So, I decided to create my own "vintagey" Wild West artwork. But that would be easier said then done as I would fall victim to a serious case of artist block. I could see Cowgirls and little ponies running around in my head but no matter how hard I tried, I could not coral them on paper! I know the more I draw, the easier it comes to me and I want to draw even more, but I have been a bad steward of my God given talents, ignoring my art for months on end. When I pick up a pencil to sketch it's as if I'm drawing for the first time. I stare at the paper, almost afraid to start. I wish I could draw and paint with the wild abandon I had as a child. To paint with such joy and be so happy with everything that left the tip of my pencil or brush. I NEVER show anyone my rough sketches anymore, because I'm usually not happy with them but I'm going to step out on a limb here and show you my rough sketch for Paula's swap!
It already looks different than this as I have worked out all the little details, redrawn it, inked it and started to add color. Now I'm looking forward to finishing my tag and sending it on it's way to Paula this weekend.