Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Coming Into Focus

Week 12 of the Documented Life Project-
the Journal.  Focal Point was the
challenge for the week. The dictionary defines
the Focal Point as the center of attention.
I tried to create the most detail in the
lily bloom, and high contrast between 
the background and the lily, in order to
 lead your eye to focus on it. 

Theoretically, the other shapes
 and spaces in the picture plane should
lead your eye around and back to the
focal point.  That's the definition I 
remember from art class. But most 
of the time I am not thinking about
those technical details when I make
a drawing. I just realize when the
drawing 'needs something.'
I also 'filtered out' extra details, as 
there were other stems in this 
potted lily, but I chose to draw 
just one plant.

The facing page, above.  You can always
use your own hand for a model! I have
rather small hands and short fingers,
but this does seem a bit distorted.

Linking up with Elizabeth for 
T Tuesday, and sharing my favorite
coffee cup.  I really need to do some
more cup drawings, and have been
thinking of comparing shapes of
coffee cup handles. I wonder how
long it will take for me to get 
'round to it?!

International Fake Journal Month
began on April 1, and I would love to 
have you visit my fake journal blog:
I pretend to be someone else, who
 makes an art journal that is different
from the art I would normally create.
 Stop by and see if you can guess
what my character is like, and
what he/she does for a living.

"An artist paints with his brains
and not with his hands."


  1. With natural talent like yours Dianne following your instincts always makes for fabulous results.
    Your lily is a stunner and it was fun seeing details of it and the background!
    Happy T Day to you

  2. Lovely art!! You are very talented :)Hands are not easy to draw at all.

  3. I didn't get my usual Easter Lily this year - just procrastination. I was delighted to see yours and I do think the focus in on the blossom


  4. I wish I had you around when I was trying to describe all these AB lessons on such as focal point. Your lily is gorgeous. I agree with Darla that the focus is on the blossom. Loved the hand, too, since, as you know, I have a thing for hands.

    Sorry I'm late visiting today. I had problems with my internet this morning that was finally resolved with help from my service provider.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful art and your panda mug with us for T this Tuesday.

  5. really beautiful Lily and I love the cross hatch lines around it! Happy T day!

  6. Stunning Easter Lily! A study of cup handles sounds interesting. Been following your counterfeit journal, but no guesses yet!

  7. Beautiful lily! Your hand looks pretty good to me. I remember that favorite mug. :) Kudos to you on the fake journal. I don't have time to keep up with a real one--LOL! Happy T-Day! :)

  8. Love all your sketches. My favorite is the hand.I have tried and am yet to learn. Yours looks perfect

  9. Your drawings are absolutely stunning, I wish I could draw half as good..oh well I'll go back to my cooking


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