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.
I would have done the worst of 2015 today, but I am feeling less than in good spirits. It will pass, but in the meantime, I’m going to be good to myself, and pass on posting the bad stuff. What is meant to be a light hearted, not taking myself to seriously post, is turning into a drudge. So, I’m giving myself a break.
I did do the still life, “A Box ‘O Bling”, but it’s sketchy because my concentration is worse than normal, while I go through this mood adjustment. Here it is:
So, I’m going to work small for a while, though I do have big ideas. So, thanks for all your support in 2015, have a wonderful New Years! See you next year!
Whenever I’ve gone to an art show, I’ve always found the obligatory displays of painting and fruit to be pretty boring. Yes, I realize there’s a matter of technique, but I’ve always thought of such things as elementary lessons in drawing and painting, an exercise, until you are skilled enough to do more ambitious subject matter. Or so it was introduced to me by my teacher. So, I’ve done my share of boring still lives.
I find though, use your imagination, treat it as a scavenger hunt, use the found objects as a Rorschach Test of what’s going on in your mind, and a still life can be a fascinating, moving composition. Here’s one I did a while ago, it’s kind of on the border of a still life and a landscape.
This is one that was fun as a small work, but didn’t quite translate well larger.
But it shows the promise of using a little creativity in what could be thought of as a boring drawing lesson. So, although I’m only up to doing my minimum 15 minutes of artwork today, I am doing a still life,that I hope is anything but boring.
The gathering I went to, and snapped the mud picture, was in a beautiful reserve in Kansas. It was easy to think of spirits and sprites inhabiting the landscape. Nature spirits? I believe they’re Dryads, I may be wrong. Anyway, that was my association, back there on that day in very early fall. So, in the abstract vacant areas of the mud, I hid nature spirits.
So, now I’ve reached the bottom of my well for current ideas to draw. So, until that is replenished, as it always eventually is, I will be working small and drawing still lifes. It’s not as boring as it seems, you can put anything in a still life…it doesn’t have to be just fruit and flowers.
I’m happy with the way “Floral Overload” is coming along. Really, truly, I am. But, it is a LOT of work. I can get maybe one flower done a day. One factor is that my job leaves me fatigued, and I don’t have much time..so, Day Job hunting again. Oh, and I’m going to see the Moody Blues on Sunday. Just thought I’d throw that in.
Fudge is a nice euphemism, isn’t it? Instead of harsh profanity, you get a remembrance of chocolate delight, maybe days in the kitchen as a child, helping with the stirring of candy, sun shining through the curtains….I went off on a tangent I guess.
Picasso (at least I think it was Picasso), said “Inspiration can strike, but it has to find you working” although that maybe a paraphrase. So, I’m working on my art, hoping for a great lightening stroke from my muse. Or whatever.
Thing is, working full time, I don’t get the chance to sit in my usual dreamy reveries from whence (yes, I said whence). I also don’t know how I ended up typing in italics or how to stop. Anyone here a Windows 8 expert?
So, just to be doing something, I’m working on an idea I’ve had since high school…yes, I had to go that far back to find something that excited me. So far, it’s in the sketch stage, and I’m calling it “Floral Overload”. So, here’s the start:
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.
And here’s another one I did, to break the block in the wall.
Unless you work in retail. So, to all my retail working brothers and sisters in spirit, keep your chin up! It’ll be over sooner than you know it.
So, as promised, it’s after Thanksgiving, and I’ll rolling out the little Christmas cards I have done. I’ve got to be careful here, I don’t want anyone to see their card on the blog before they get it in real life. So, I start with this one, for my brother and his wife who have limited internet access:
So, I’ve had a few distractions at work…..gotta get back to doing these.
I don’t really have much to show right now, I guess I’ve gotten a little off track. I think after the mixed feelings I had over “Creativity”, I needed a break so I could be fresh again.
In the meantime, I thought I’d post something I did a while ago. It’s 5×7 inches, and colored pencil.