I brought home some old artwork on a recent trip to Colorado that I had done when I was a girl, most of which I had long forgotten. In the packet was this crayon tempera relief that I did in 7th grade art class . We had a fabulous art teacher that year, Mrs. Carson. She gave us a wonderfully solid foundation in drawing technique (better than the later college courses I took) and taught us how to truly draw what we saw rather than to draw what we only thought we saw. Looking at my artwork from before that class to after it, I can see an enormous jump in technique and layout.
We spent a good part of one semester doing leaf, gourd and weed studies. At the end of it, she had us compose these pieces and then simplify them to create these crayon tempera relief studies. I remember this piece as being such fun to create. I can also see from it that my love of green and leaves goes back a long way! I love this piece and hope to get it framed and hung in my living room soon!
I really want to get back to sketching in watercolors and ink on a regular basis. To inspire myself, I've not only been looking at all the childhood artwork I have, but I've also been looking through my more recent sketchbooks! What fun! It makes me wonder why in the world I ever stopped doing this on a daily basis. Must get back to sketching daily!