landscape 101

ideas of exercises to help with your practical art skills, as well as things to keep in mind while making art and new ways to find inspiration:

  1. draw every day
  2. recreate a drawing you did before, but better
  3. draw something using only simple geometric shapes
  4. do studies of famous artworks
  5. listen to artists explain their work, it’s super interesting
  6. take life drawing classes (or use online photo resources)
  7. find an artwork you love, and work out why
  8. draw caricatures of friends
  9. set a 1 minute timer and draw an object as quickly as possible
  10. draw something you can’t see, eg. music, emotion
  11. research artists you admire and find out how they work
  12. think about composition: what stands out, what recedes etc.
  13. find a famous artwork you hate and work out why
  14. sit outside and draw the landscape
  15. copy a photo exactly
  16. draw a scene from a film
  17. draw the contours of an object not the outline
  18. visit an art exhibition near you
  19. draw your bedroom
  20. look up tutorials online - there’s so many useful ones!
  21. practise creating contrast between light and dark in pictures
  22. research colour theory
  23. do a self portrait
  24. learn about art history! Research different movements etc.
  25. try a new medium
  26. consider the feeling you want to portray with the artwork
  27. draw without looking at the page
  28. draw a character from a book you’ve read
  29. draw something you don’t usually draw
  30. look at your pictures in the mirror to help you see problems better
  31. follow artists and galleries on instagram for inspo
  32. draw an ugly object in a beautiful way
  33. try using only bold, bright colours
  34. plan your colour palette before starting an artwork, and stick to it!
  35. if you usually work in 2D, make something in 3D
  36. always remember to add shadows
  37. draw an object which is important to you
  38. use 5 lines to depict an object, make every line count
  39. draw using negative space
  40. always draw from life when possible!
  41. think carefully about which direction the light is coming from
  42. study proportions and anatomy!! 
  43. draw your pet
  44. research items symbolic meanings in art
  45. make an art blog to compile images that inspire you
  46. draw using only straight lines
  47. try accentuating any subtle colours in an image
  48. draw models from fashion websites
  49. sketch with friends! They always have great ideas
  50. keep drawing even if you find it hard, you improve with every mistake!

{my art masterpost might also be useful to you} 

Good luck! xx

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	Searching For Wisdom That Every Man Seeks To Find by John Westrock 
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#Edible Forest Gardening 101

An “herb spiral” garden accommodates for the unique needs of most culinary herbs. Made of stone, cement, brick–or another material with a high heat capacity–the spiral-shaped structure functions to create a series of different microclimates and drainage conditions.

  • Herbs that prefer dry conditions are planted near the top, where drainage is the best (ie. Thyme).
  • Herbs and other plants that prefer hot conditions are planted near the walls, where they take advantage of radiating heat at night (ie. Rosemary).
  • Herbs that prefer sheltered conditions are planted lower on the structure, where they are sheltered from prevailing winds (ie. Dill).
  • Herbs that prefer cool conditions are planted low on the side of the structure that receives less sunlight (ie. Chervil)
  • Herbs that prefer wet conditions are planted near the base of the spiral, to where the water drains (ie. Mint).

Right now, my herb spiral contains this baffling array or plants:

Mint (Moroccan, Spearmint, Chocolate, Garden, Water), Thyme (Lemon, Lemon Variegated, Lavender, English), Sage/Salvia (Italian, Purple), Chives (Garden, Chinese, Garlic, and Round-Headed Leek) Curry Plant, Lavender, Rosemary, Tarragon, Oregano, Parsley, Dill, Chervil, Sorrel, Black Cumin, and Coriander.

DIY herb spiral (steps):

#herb spiral #DIY #permaculture #edible landscaping #raised beds #herbs

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Mintvale 5A00-0055-5C29 by @dreacrossing

Drea’s ACHHD work is freaking phenomenal so I was really excited to see her town. 

Mintvale is very pink - outside - and while I personally don’t like that color, I was smiling like crazy while wandering this town because it’s just So. Damn. Happy. I had visited a few other towns beforehand that left me feeling a bit meh, so this bright, pink, springtime town made me feel a lot happier and relaxed. Pink towns have never really been my thing, but this isn’t a pink town in the traditional sense where one is beaten over the head with the color in every aspect. It’s just the cherry blossom trees and flowers here. Everything else is earth toned and coordinated so well that it all blends into this comfortable atmosphere inside the houses and outside. 

It’s also wonderfully laid out. Drea needs to make a landscaping 101 because this town was simply a joy to wander. It was also easy to navigate and I liked the freedom to wander wherever and not stick to specific paths. 

FRUIT TREES ON THE BEACH! I’d not seen this done before and I loved it. Mayor Tsuki spent a lot of time playing with all the firecrackers available on the beach area. The crystals in the water was a nice touch as well. I love visiting towns that make me think about things I could incorporate into my own. 

The house interiors are completely adorable. I loved the plant shop - especially the bonsai section - and the use of colors and patterns were amazing. That modern furniture room had me swooning as much as the rustic green furniture with autumn walls. Wood plank flooring everywhere really grounds everything and adds a nice cohesion to the houses.

Loved this town a lot.