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The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring..Tra la

So, in the time that I so looked forward to, spring, I’m stuck with a stubborn case of artist’s block.  You’d think, with all the time off I’ve had, I’d be fruitful as fruitflies.  I’ve made attempts, but nothing that I’m excited about..at least excited enough to do the hard work behind doing a drawing.  I’m left wondering WTH happened, and what do I do now.

Then, gazing at the beautiful spring day, I realized, not only is spring beautiful, it’s also pretty.  It’s the type of pretty that brings out the cliches in everyone.  Doing something original is about impossible, with all these darn flowers everywhere!

“Floral Overload”

20 x16 inch image. Lightfast colored pencil on archival cotton rag paper.

$200.00

The Seasons Changed, and So Did I

Okay, when I posted back some time ago, I was complaining about drawing foliage.  This started a downward spiral to me hating doing artwork all together, and hating my finished drawings.  I’d see ideas for artwork, but I’d shiver in disgust at the thought of drawing. So, I stopped for a while.

I don’t make a complete living from my art, so I have the luxury of doing that.  Eventually, the green foliage started to take on an orangish color (I started noticing that at the end of July), and eventually…the green faded.  It started looking interesting again.  Finally, I passed by a field with loads of goldenrod blooming.  I’m off drawing again.

So, it’s fall.  While I do the work on this one, I’ll show you some of my past fall drawings.  It’s also interesting to see how much my work has changed over the years.

 

Gee, scrolling through all my old drawings in my media library is like reading an old diary.

A Creative Life, Told in Pictures

Or, my flirtation with abstraction.

Long ago, I feel in love with reality.  Hard to explain that, right?  I don’t go much for fantasy movies, or fiction for that matter.  Give me a good, non-fiction book on modern physics or psychology, and I’m happy.

So, when it came to art, I liked to portray things that were real, with maybe a bit of flair to them, but real.

Then I became really involved in drawing, it became my own kind of picture puzzle..how do I manipulate line, shadow, shapes and colors on a piece of paper so it looks like a real object?

Did that for a while, then my interest in interpreting reality with designs and patterns came back.  I started doing intense combinations of drawing and designs.

Then I became bored and frustrated.  My career wasn’t going anywhere, and I felt I had run out of passion for the pictures I was drawing.  So, I put away my pencils and swore never, never would I do any artwork again.  Or so I said.

After something like 10 years, I realized something was missing in my life.  I started to experiment with abstract.  I thought about just getting lost in the process, as I did in my good days of drawing…but without the stress of having to get it right.  So, first I did abstracts in colored pencils.

So, then came the thought…what if I did this with sparkles and glitter?  And so I did the Namaste series:

Then I fell back into love with reality, with a flair of course.  That’s when this blog began.  

So, once again, I feel I’ve run out of energy and inspiration.  The fun has gone out of the drawings and they look realistic.  I’m bored as freaking heck.

However, I still need something creative, or else I get the bends.  It worked once before, so I’ll try it again.  Abstraction.

So, I’ve just done this.  It was fun!  Just what I needed again…however, I know I’ll get bored doing this in a little while.  Because, I love reality, and the challenge it offers.

Even now, I look at the trees and the beautiful late summer evening light.  They’d make beautiful drawings, but when I contemplate doing that work, it just seems tedious and labored.  No fun.  If you’re not having fun doing artwork, in my book, what’s the point? I have the leisure of being able to take off and do something different, and so I will.

I have absolutely nothing to show you….but……

I’m working on “Making Peace with January”, and so far, it’s very pale…it would not show up very well.  I’m doing glazes with the colored pencil, building up to what I call a Pisces Gray, made up of a lot of colors, but the eye blends them into gray.  It’s a livelier gray than just using gray.

Recently I showed my website to someone, and she said “Wow, you have so many picture…..”.  I always thought I worked slowly, in the past, I would only get four drawings done in a year.  I was a grueling perfectionist, and eventually the guell tired me out.  I gave up art for a while.

But now, I have so many!  I’ve gotten over my perfectionism, my work hasn’t suffered (take note all you blocked artists out there).  And as of recently…I’ve discovered doing artwork has gotten much easier.  So easy, in fact, that I can’t believe it’s any good….but at least, it doesn’t seem bad.

The reason I post this, is that I know there are a lot of artists who need a bit of encouragement, and maybe my sharing would be helpful.  As one psychologist said….break it down into reasonable chunks.  Just do 15 minutes a day, if that’s all you can stand.  But 15 minutes daily adds up, and before you know it, you have a work of art! And then day, by day, the months go by, and you have a body of work.

So, maybe I do have something to show you….My old work from my perfectionist days.

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Just Another Block in the Wall

My apologies to Pink Flloyd.

Artist block is a real thing that happens every so often.  I’ve been asked before how I get through it.  I’ve shown you a couple of the abstracts  I did to loosen up, and that’s one way I deal with it.

Another is just to draw anything, it doesn’t matter.  Paper bags, coffee cups, salt and pepper shakers.

I used to, as an assignment in an art class, keep a sketch book with me at all times, and in leisure moments, sketch whatever was around in sight.  I ended up with a pictorial diary that brings me back in time, each time I look at it.  I think it brings me back more than a written journal would. 

But back to just drawing.  There are so many odds and ends you can pick up and put together in a still life.  Here’s one I did, and am thinking of redoing more carefully.  It’s a statuette of Kwan Yin, and an amber sphere.

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And here’s another one I did, to break the block in the wall.

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Completely Illrelevant, but then again, maybe not….

I’ll be working on the background of “Winged Foal”, and I expect it will take some time.  Rather than bore you with repetitive pictures of the progress, I thought I’d post something I’ve shown no one, until now.

A few years back I was totally stuck.  My representational art was coming out less than awesome.  So, I decided to change styles to get out of the rut.  I got involved in the process, and did a couple of abstracts.  Here’s one, don’t  have a title for it.

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Doing these broke me out of my rut, and I suggest it to any of you artists who find yourself completely stuck.

The part that’s relevant, though, is  that I’m using the same idea in the background of “Winged Foal”.  Maybe not as dramatic, but I’m going to blast some music and get into the process of making an abstract blue sky.

And a word of thanks to all my followers, you encourage me so much with your “likes”.  I gave up on art for a while, because the art world didn’t welcome my work, and I felt discouraged, like I was beating my head against a brick wall.  To know that there are people who do like my work, encourages me.  Thanks.