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Recently, I have been working on some quick sketches based on shapes I see in my texture photos, or in stains and so forth around the house. According to Drawing on the right side of the brain, by Betty Edwards, this is a technique Leonardo Da Vinci  taught to his students. I have found it less frustrating to use this method than drawing something from real life, since it does not require rendering something three-dimensional into something two-dimensional. It is also a create way to boost creativity, especially when having a hard time figuring out what to draw.
sketch of a girl reading by Dawna Morton
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Sketch of a little girl, with curly hair and a pony tail sticking up on top of her head, reading a book.
This was inspired by a group of fingerprints on some furniture.
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sketch of a sheep by Dawna Morton
sketch of a sheep by Dawna Morton

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Sketch of a wooly white sheep.

The idea for this one came from a little weed I saw in the grass which was ringed with a crown of little white dots.

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sketch of a woman with windswept hair and long ponytail by Dawna Morton
sketch of a woman with windswept hair and long pony tail by Dawna Morton
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Sketch of a young woman with windswept hair and long flowing  pony tail gazing into the distance with a loving and kind expression. —

Inspired by some scribbles that some kids I know left on the banister at my friend’s house.

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Determination of young Amelia Earhart by Dawna Morton
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Inspired by Amelia Earhart, a young female aviator stares down anyone or any situation that might challenge her abilities–daring them to tell her she can’t accomplish her goals. Clouds, or smoke may billow and threaten to envelop her, the wind may storm and blow, but she will face them with grit and determination… she WILL overcome.

I got the idea for this sketch after leaving a galvanized steel wool scrubber at the bottom of my sink, leaving an interesting rust pattern.

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sketch of a girl reading, adventure by Dawna Morton
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A girl with funky, twisted, hot pink, horn rimmed glasses reads an adventure novel, as the textured background creates the impression of a magical glowing light emanating from the book bringing it to live in vivid imagination. She bites her lip in suspense as the scenes play out in her mind while she reads.

–from an interesting abstract pattern in the linoleum at my friend’s house

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One day when I was baking some bread I got distracted and did not hear the timer while the dough was rising. The dough ended up over rising and glopped all over the floor of the oven. As I was surveying the mess, thinking it really needed a good scrub down anyway, I noticed the interesting patterns and textures on the oven door window. I had just started learning about adding textures to photos and was keen to make some of my own, so before I whipped out the baking soda and scrub brush (a great non-toxic eco-friendly non smelly way to clean the oven btw)  I got out my camera and took lots of pictures of various sections of the window. The back-light shining through the transparent surface created some interesting effects, and I thought the drips and splashes would make a great rainy/rainforest type background texture.

I was so excited about how they turned out that I started tinkering, after I was supposed to be in bed, adding them to some salmon berry flower photos I’d taken earlier that week. Before I knew it I looked up at the clock and it was three hours later. I won’t show the close up shots of my oven here, but layers of various shapes in the texture created a lovely background. As I started moving things around I started developing a concept of this being about a marriage relationship. Then, after I found and strategically placed an abstract face, things started taking a more Shakespearean turn…

Each time I look at this I find something new. It is a bit like a game of hidden pictures, or looking up at the clouds and trying to find different things in the shapes 🙂

marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet by Dawna Morton
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At first glance, this is just a nice picture of some flowers with an interesting textured background, framed with a bit of modern art flair; however, there is more to it than meets the eye when examined in more depth…
Half hidden behind the five petaled purple Pacific Northwest salmon berry blossom, the face of Titania  as a bride glows with love as she gazes adoringly up at the visage of Oberon. The overlapping purple, green, and golden toned rectangles symbolize both unity and discord in the couple’s future as the begin with varying success to mesh and meld their lives and hearts together from separate planes of existence, as well as symbolizing the various interlinked plots within Shakespeare’s play, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” abstract shapes and textures in the brushed gold tones of the background further call to mind characters and whet the imagination with scenes  and ideas from the play, foreshadowing the events f their future life.
Nick Bottom appears to sing or bray like a donkey below one petal, while the faint shapes of a donkey of horse head are formed in the upper right. On the left Helena, in a floral hat, wakes the sleeping Lysander. Another figure along the top appears to write in a book, representing the playwright at work while other shadowy figures emerge among the golden raindrops which splash a sense of magic and wonder across the dreamy scene. As the drops of water land on the blossoms  the stretch forth their petals towards each other with love and yearning, reminding us of the flowers used to make the love potion which caused  so much turmoil in the lives of the characters, even though they found happiness in the end.

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Some people I have shown this to, have seen the images in the background right away, while others just don’t get it, so I thought I’d include this little slide show with a general outline of the shapes I see. This is not an exact outline, since the images are supposed to be abstract, ethereal–half there, half imagined. Hopefully you will enjoy finding these (and maybe even more) as much I do…

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