Okay, I finished another small, masterpiece…sort of. Thing is, these small works are not as successful as I’d like.
In the past, I’ve done little work, as preliminary sketch for bigger drawings. For instance:
I got this:
I got this:
In the past, I’ve managed to put in lot of detail in the small drawings
And this is the latest one:
So, what am I doing wrong?
I guess, when I finally got around to drawing the large pictures, I planned them with a black and white sketch, then a color sketch. I worked on the large drawing slowly, paying attention to detail. Can I still do that in small size?
I guess it’s another learning curve. I tell you, my art career would make a good design for a roller coaster.
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!
20 x16 inch image. Lightfast colored pencil on archival cotton rag paper.
So,I’m off from the day jobs today. I’m working a lot of hours these day, but unfortunately, not on art. Today was filled with errands, and an overdue visit with a friend. Not much time, or for that matter, energy for drawing.
However, a little bit at a time is better than nothing. I remember giving the advice to someone that I had been given, you can at least do artwork for 15 minutes a day. If you can have your painting set up in a corner at all times that is probably true, but that’s not really possible for all. So, do what you can. Even five minutes over a period of time mounts up.
So, that’s what I’m doing..working on the endless possibilities I talked about last post, in periods of a few minutes daily. The good thing is that I’m always hungry to do more, and I’m not burnt out and tired from having done too much all at once. For those of you who remember this..it’s a review, for those of you who do not, here’s Floral Overload, in which I had gotten so sick of doing flowers over and over again. If I had done it in only stretches of five minutes a day, I doubt I would have had that reaction.
All my bitchin’ and moanin” has come to an end. I’m finished with “Floral Overload”. Honestly, I haven’t sweated so much over a drawing in years, but I like the result. Months from now, it will be the result that means anything to me.
Now that I’ce done something really cheerful and lively, I’m looking back to this one I did. January 2. I like the tranquility, and tranquility and soft cool colors is a healing combination.
But I was also intrigued by the idea of a rock concert. I expected to do something really lively, now I’m not so sure. Can I pull off a tranquil rock concert? We shall see.