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:
A while ago, I talked about coloring as a type of meditation. Then I remembered, there’s another art based one..zentangles. While we were browsing at Michael’s, there were books on it featured. In case you never heard of it, this is the website: Zentangle
In short, it’s a type of doodling that incorporates mindfulness. Sort of like my hooky-doos. You don’t know what I mean by hooky-doo? Here’s a couple of examples.
Those are abstracts..again from the Namaste series. Here’s an example of Hooky-doos in my representational work.
Anyway, Zentangles became a thing…so, why didn’t I think of that. Not too late, maybe I’ll start marketing my hooky-doos as Koan-Go-Rounds. Let’s not forget the mindfulness aspect.
Speaking of Zentangles, this is an excellent segway into a work-in-progress detail of my current project. Foliage again …so much foliage. This shows, much like zentangles, the mindful doodling I do, when I’m drawing. So, a sneak peek:
Not exactly the sea, it was actually the Long Island Sound. My friend and I went looking for rocks for Danbury Rocks and made a day of it. First we went to the art supply store, where I spent too much money. That’s easy, I’m like a child in a candy store, there. Then we drove to the shore.
Gathering stones was fun, as was soaking in the saltwater.
Anyway, back to reality and doing artwork…when I’m really supposed to be doing housework.
I’m going through some old drawings to see how I’ve handled foliage in the past…I came up with these…
I tried to find an ocean picture…but this is the only one that I still have:
Oh, yes and the winter beach I did earlier this year.
so thanks for enjoying this trip down memory lane with me…I’ve got to get back to work!
So, I’ve settled into a comfortable routine with this drawing. Here’s a progress shot of a detail,
Here’s to show you…an image a long time ago, that I’m trying to improve upon. Light through the trees is not particularly a paradise image, but it is hopeful.
Recently, there has been a trend using coloring for an adult as a type of meditation. I’m not opposed to this, it just doesn’t work for me, I find it tedious. Also, even as a child I was unable to keep within the lines. For those who find it helpful, sounds good to me, go for it!
Anyway, I do have meditative spells in my artwork. Frequently I come up with a design that needs coloring, and it is meditative to me. Or I have a portion of my work that requires just doing abstract shapes in a repetitive fashion. All of these are calming and encourage introspection.
Here’s an example: I was talking about the drawings I want to create from the pictures I took of a park, the other weekend. Here’s a detail of what I’ve done so far:
So, thanks for reading.
I’m going to do some artwork now. Ommmmm……..