Giving Me a Break!

I would have done the worst of 2015 today, but I am feeling less than in good spirits.  It will pass, but in the meantime, I’m going to be good to myself, and pass on posting the bad stuff.  What is meant to be a light hearted, not taking myself to seriously post, is turning into a drudge.  So, I’m giving myself a break.

I did do the still life, “A Box ‘O Bling”, but it’s sketchy because my concentration is worse than normal, while I go through this mood adjustment.  Here it is:

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So, I’m going to work small for a while, though I do have big ideas.  So, thanks for all your support in 2015, have a wonderful New Years!  See you next year!

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Still Life Does Not Mean Dead Life..

Whenever I’ve gone to an art show, I’ve always found the obligatory displays of painting and fruit to be pretty boring.  Yes, I realize there’s a matter of technique, but I’ve always thought of such things as elementary lessons in drawing and painting, an exercise, until you are skilled enough to do more ambitious subject matter. Or so it was introduced to me by my teacher.  So, I’ve done my share of  boring still lives.

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I find though, use your imagination, treat it as a scavenger hunt, use the found objects as a Rorschach Test of what’s going on in your mind, and a still life can be a fascinating, moving composition.  Here’s one I did a while ago, it’s kind of on the border of a still life and a landscape.

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This is one that was fun as a small work, but didn’t quite translate well larger.

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But it shows the promise of using a little creativity in what could be thought of as a boring drawing lesson.  So, although I’m only up to doing my minimum 15 minutes of artwork today, I am doing a still life,that I hope is anything but boring.

For an Encore….Presenting, MUD!

The gathering I went to, and snapped the mud picture, was in a beautiful reserve in Kansas.  It was easy to think of spirits and sprites inhabiting the landscape.  Nature spirits?  I believe they’re Dryads, I may be wrong.  Anyway, that was my association, back there on that day in very early fall.  So, in the abstract vacant areas of the mud, I hid nature spirits.

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So, now I’ve reached the bottom of my well for current ideas to draw.  So, until that is replenished, as it always eventually is, I will be working small and drawing still lifes. It’s not as boring as it seems, you can put anything in a still life…it doesn’t have to be just fruit and flowers.

I’m Hiding Something….

I like to hide things in my artwork.  Just about everyone has seen the flowers in this one:

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But did you know there’s a cat in this one?

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Yes, it’s a very abstract cat. I wanted to put a cat in a window in this, but decided it would take away from the subject matter of the woman holding flowers. So, I hid it.

The fact that I am trying to hide something in “Mud” is keeping me going on the project. Honestly, I’m pretty bored with it, but I am keeping on, just so I don’t fall into inertia with my artwork.  So, I’ll keep on keeping on.

I’m off for a while from my day job! Hurray…but, I’m getting the feeling it’s a good time to look around….

Presenting: MUD!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday, whichever you celebrate. I’m sending good thoughts for everyone for a wonderful 2016.  I’ll be presenting my worst of the year,soon, and it may include THIS:

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That’s mud alright, in it’s basic boring form.  When I took the photo, I was intrigued by the sculptural quality of the leaves, and the contrasting texture of the wet soil.  Somehow, all this didn’t translate well into the drawing, so damn, damn, damn!  All I can say is damn.

Anyway, I’m left with the question, due I pursue this more carefully in a full sized version?  I do have an idea that might make it sing, and since I have no other idea giving me blinding inspiration at the moment….if I want to keep my drawing routine up, I guess I do.

So, hopefully, I’ll have an update by New Years Eve.

A Good Friend Will Never Ask,

“Why are you taking pictures of mud?”

At the gathering I went to last year in Kansas, my good friend didn’t ask me that when she saw me photographing this:

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She did look at me quizzically however.  The reason?  To do a better drawing of mud, of course.  Black and white sketch below.

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I had a vision for a drawing, actually a series of drawings back last September while I was in Kansas.  Maybe it was the atmosphere of the gathering versus ordinary life, but that idea doesn’t sing to me anymore.  I have gotten to the point where I’m bringing out my store of ideas to work on, just so I’m working on something, because no idea is singing to me right now.