There was a song big in the sixties, during the folk music era. The lyric went something like this;
To everything, turn turn turn…there is a season, turn turn turn, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Some of you, I know, remember this song. Some of you, will remember it because your parents played it. I think it was made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary, but I’m to lazy to Google it to be sure.
For me, the season has been spring, but the purpose of the time wasn’t art. I had family issues, a new job that turned into a horror show, and all sorts of sundry events and mishaps that life takes from time to time.
And so, finally, I can turn, turn, turn back to my artwork!
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.
I’ve actually found something that’s more tedious than drawing a lot of dots….drawing around a lot of dots. The dots in question are meant to be clover, and the around, grass.
It’s a shame I had to throw out so much of my old artwork. No space, no time to move it. There are some pieces I miss especially. One of them was a drawing of trees on a lake, but in such colors that it reminded you of a cloudy day. A moody, cloudy day.
As well as the Japanese paintings that my sister described as a rainy countryside, I find I have another association with clouds and rain. It’s what I expect England to be like. I’ve never been there, but I know the type of weather she’s famous for. Indeed, the literature that I’ve read, set in England, is made more romantic by the moody mist. I see King Arthur and Robin Hood, going through landscapes of green and gray.
So, finally I have duplicated the feeling of the old drawing I lost in time. Cloudiness and romance together as a serendipitous combination. Here goes:
As Summer arrives with the ending days of June, we look forward to the end of the Fiscal Year. That’s right folks, while you’re enjoying the Fourth of July, and trips to the beach, people in retail are getting ready for the December holidays. Even artists are starting to look for the venues for art/craft shows in November and December. I am no different.
I’m thinking of doing what is named the Pumpkin Festival, which is a large fair at a local church. I have a while to think about it. I’m going to give whatever venue I plan to do, my best shot, with my best moneymaker, which I realize now is hand drawn note cards and holiday cards. So, that’s that.
I’m working now on note cards, because the weather here went from way too cold and rainy to go out drawing, to too hot and sunny. So, while taking the trash to the dumpster the other day, I found a sweet surprise in the condo complex. Wild strawberries! So, I’ve done one note card, and am working on another. I may eventually do a large version, like I did this:
And tried to do, this:
Here’s the photo I’m working from, which I like as a photo almost as much as I do a reference for a drawing….
Happy Summer Solstice!
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.
So (At the risk of sounding redundant), I have finished a drawing, and I don’t know whether I like it or not. Do you see a common theme running through my posts? Anyway, as usual, I’ll put it away for a while, work on something else for a while. Then I’ll come back to it, and redo it. Or not.
Anyway, working as a healer is getting to be more of a reality. I’ve got my massage table, brochure and business cards. So, all I need are clients. Technicalities, huh?
Here is..what’s the name of it? I guess “Path”.
I like to hide things in my artwork. Just about everyone has seen the flowers in this one:
But did you know there’s a cat in this one?
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….