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Throwing Away My Art Training

As I start this drawing, I’m reminded of the words my teachers would say to me.  “Don’t draw every leaf.  Make a pattern of the light and shadow of the foliage, and just give a hint of texture”.  Okay, yes, that makes for wonderful landscapes.  However, what if I do want to draw every blessed leaf?

In abstract art, people often talk about it being the process, not the result.  It’s a cliche, and as I always am aware, words become cliches because there is truth to them.  Even very naturalistic artists talk about being in the zone, where there is nothing but the artwork and themselves.

Which brings me back to Zentangles….yes, you remember me talking about Zentangles.  The “zen” part of it, relates to the state of consciousness that you get when you concentrate on a repetitious task. So, considering the process, and the state of mind in the zone, I damned well am going to draw every leaf.

Case in point, this drawing I did when I was approximately half the age I am now.  I took my teachers’s advice on the trees, but the grass?  I drew every blade, and I don’t regret it.  It was relaxing, and on top of it, I discovered I could make the grass in a pattern that complemented the composition.  Yes, it was all very Zen.

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Coloring is the New “Om”

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:

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I’m going to do some artwork now.   Ommmmm……..

I Didn’t Really Feel Like Doing Any Art, Yesterday.

One thing I find about doing art, is that you have to keep it up.  In some respects, it’s like exercise or meditation, if you slack off a day, you’re likely to slack off the next day…and then, before you know it, you’ve fallen back into the life of a slug sitting endlessly at your computer,  checking LOLcats.

Only,sometimes, you’re sick or you’ve been up all night, worrying about being overdrawn in your bank account, or whatever.  You know if you really force yourself to do any art under those circumstances, you’re going to come up with a work of art suitable to get a fire started in the fireplace.  For that matter, sometimes, with exercise and yoga, that can happen, too.

I”ve forgiven myself for the exercise and meditation.  I’ve taken the pressure off myself, and figure what I actually manage to do, is better than nothing.

With art, however, I take a different approach.  If I am in the state that any drawing I would do would turn to *@$?, I do something art related, like cataloging my work, or putting my work in mats.  In the case of yesterday, I doodled a few roses on my picture of Pumpkin.

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Why roses?  How very un New York like.  I’m trying to keep the drawing true to the area we got Pumpkin.  It looks like this picture.  Please have patience with the man with his shirt hanging out…he’s my boyfriend and had no idea he was being photographed for the internet.

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There really are rosebushes there!  But more typical are garbage cans.  I have yet to figure out how to make a garbage can picturesque.

So, I did my part for yesterday…and on to today!