Monday, August 23, 2010

Even Cowgirls get the Blues!



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.



9 comments:

  1. Oh NAN! It is so completely adorable! Your images are true artistic treasures...and SO SWEET! I just can't wait to see them in person! YAY! Way to go cowgirl!

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  2. Oh Nan!!! I love your rough sketches!!! OMG!!! They are wonderful!!! I had no idea you were such a great artist!!! Please share more!!!
    Warm hugs, Laura

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  3. Oh Hun, the drawing is gorguss. I would love it. Why don't you do digital stamps. This is one I can see on a card! You need to sit more often with pencil and paper, your very talented. Loads of love Tammy xx

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  4. Love, love your sketch! And I am in awe of your talent. I cannot draw, I confess.

    xo
    Claudia

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  5. kinderdoodle/Linda/ARAugust 24, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Nan, I love your sketches. The sketch of the little girl reminds me of a photo of my daughter at age 7 when she dressed up as a cowgirl for halloween. You are so talented and need to get back into practice. You truly have a gift.

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  6. You have an artistic gift. That's awesome. Just came by through Spiritual Sundays. God bless you, Dr. Bobbi

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  7. Wow! That is awesome you sure are talented. Very cute cowgirl. Can't wait to see your tag once it is completed.

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  8. I LOVE IT! The cutest little girl and pony EVER!! DO IT!! Love you, Friend...i'm going to call you "mermaid"!

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  9. Nan... see I keep telling you that you should get your butt in gear!!! I adore her.. and when can I play with her?? I want so bad to be able to draw... and you had promised me to get back into it!! Now everyone sees what you can do too.. please please get busy.

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