Drawing Calm Relax, refresh, refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more

Drawing Calm by Susan Evenson

Relax, refresh, refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591488
Publisher: Quarry Books
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Maybe it's the colors, or the eye-stretching vistas, or maybe it's just the idea that harmony can exist on a square of canvas, but there is something in art that lets it calm and inspire at the same time.

In Drawing Calm, artist Susan Evenson, shows readers how to do the same. It's a book for everyone—non-artists as well as those with plenty of experience in a studio. Using restful, but dynamic works of art as a starting point, Susan Evenson teaches how to capture the light and peace of the master painting.

Making use of "soft" techniques such as torn-paper collage, blended pastels, and wet-on-wet watercolor, this workshop encourages stress-free creativity. Put on the music that makes you happy and choose the colors that take you there too!

Susan Evenson received her BFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she first developed her studio art practice. Since then, she has been exploring different drawing media, while learning about a variety of healing modalities including yoga, meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine and various forms of bodywork. Susan has been focused on freelance illustration work for books and magazines, and is venturing into pattern design for fabrics and papers. She works from her home studio in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, daughter and step-son. Drawing Calm is her first book.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591488
Illustrations: 250 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm
Published:
Foreword 
Introduction
Getting Started: Time and Space and What You’ll Need
            Space and Materials
                        Sidebar: Creative Response
            Tools and Materials to Gather
            Your Soundtrack
            The Fine Details
Chapter 1 : Warm Up Exercises
            Exercise 1: Draw Your Grocery List
            Exercise 2: Make Your Marks
            Exercise 3: Tissue Paper Painting
            Exercise 4: Twenty-Five Trees
            Exercise 5: Dream House Doodle
 
Chapter 2: Delight
              Project 1: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere
              Project 2  Pizza Painting
              Project 3: Textured Flowers
 
Chapter 3: Quiet
              Project 1 : Glowing Landscape
                          Sidebar: Ilumination
              Project 2 : Little Houses
              Project 3 : Silent Beach
 
Chapter 4 : Warmth
              Project 1: Butterflies
                          Sidebar: Concentration and Mindfulness
              Project 2: Tree of Calm
              Project 3: Haystack House
 
Chapter 5 : Harmony
              Project 1: Rainbow Drops
                          Sidebar: Light to the Darkness
              Project 2: Harmonizing on a Line
              Project 3: One Cloud
              Project 4: Ocean Impression
 
Chapter 6: Calm
              Project 1: Stacks of Calm
              Project 2: A Delicate Calm
              Project 3: Seven Shapes
                          Sidebar: Communicate and Connect
              Project 4: Imaginary Landscape
 
Chapter 7: Light
              Project 1: Linear Sunset/Pink Sky
              Project 2: Nighttime Treescape
              Project 3: Gold Leaf Light
                          Sidebar: Spiritual Focus
 
Chapter 8: Rhythm
              Project 1: Five Ribbons
                          Sidebar: Inner Artist/Inner Healer
              Project 2: Doodle Quilt
              Project 3: Polyphony
 
Chapter 9: Maintaining the Calm
Finding Your Visual Cues
Additional Exercises
              Draw Your Walk
              Catalog of Dots
            Collage Your Collection
            Color Palette Explore
Resources
About the Author
Acknowledgements
Index