Dawn DeVries Sokol


Back from the O.C.

Last weekend I traveled to Orange County to take a workshop from Jennifer Mercede at Jenny Doh’s Crescendoh Studio. I’ve always admired Jennifer’s work and wanted to learn more about her process.

I loved the workshop and Jennifer, but I really struggled. Sometimes the creative juices just aren’t with you. They really didn’t follow me to the O.C. We were given two square wooden canvases, one 12 x 12 and the other 30 x 30 inches. I started working on the 12 x 12 at the end of the last day:

That’s black ballpoint pen doodled on wood. I had also blind-contour sketched a plastic cup to the left of these doodles.

I left the 30 x 30 with my workshop neighbor. I didn’t even want to ship it home. I wasn’t attached to anything I did on it. I painted, I doodled, I wasn’t feeling it. And I began to realize that not only was I going through somewhat of a rut lately, but I need to focus on smaller canvases for now. Anything larger than 24 x 24 and I feel overwhelmed. I want to paint big, I want to doodle large, but the bigger canvases feel daunting.

And honestly, the one part of the workshop I wasn’t real sure about turned out to be the best. The first part of the second day, we sketched a live nude model. I’ve never done figure drawing before! But Jennifer had us approach it in a detached way with blind contour, where you don’t look at your paper while you draw, you just look at the subject. I really enjoyed it and will be searching for live nude figure drawing sessions locally.

At the end of the session, we were able to sketch and look at our paper and use whatever medium we wanted. So I used a Montana marker with a HUGE tip:

This was SO fun! I want to do some more!!!

Doodling, Life, TravelDawn Sokol