Outside The Box

As you all know, I’m just in the beginning of this re-dedication to the basics of my drawing and sketching, but I’ve already found out at least one super-important thing:

I need to step outside my usual, go-to ideas and ways.

It seems I have a formula to not only my approach to art, but in subject-matter, style… everything. There has recently been a familiar, run-of-the-mill-ness – dare I say a stagnant? – approach.   And result.

Now, I’m not saying it’s bad or wrong, nor will I abandon it completely because sometimes it’s what I’m feeling at that moment.  What I am saying for sure though, is that it’s time for me to push the boundaries and try new things. And if I don’t, can we say:  b-o-r-i-n-g?!

Which brings me to today’s sketch of the week.

My list (that I referred to in the last post) suggested a skull & crossbones. (What?!) Interesting. Definitely not something I’d have considered in the past. In fact, in the past I probably would have skipped over this idea and gone onto the next, more “me” idea.  But not today!

So I did a little searching for ideas and I found one that jumped out at me.

Now, keep in mind this is just the beginning of this & there’s a lot left to do. But I wanted so share because it is so out of the ordinary for me – and quite frankly, I think it’s a good start.

Skull with Snake

Definitely a skull. No crossbones.

Funny thing, too – I actually feel kind of excited about this one – and that hasn’t happened for a long time. Could it be that after a bunch of years I’ve finally decided to break out of my previous “normal” and, in doing so, might actually stretch my art muscles?!

Who knows where this will lead? (hint: I certainly don’t! hahaha!)

Thanks for stopping by!
Carol

Finding my creativity

I set up a table in a good spot in the house for sketching – good lighting, plenty of space, comfy chair, cat in another room (if you have a cat, you know that’s pretty important…)

I got out my sketch book & graphite drawing pencils.

I took out the sketches ideas list. You know the one. That list like that one your high school teacher had – the homework theme that they write on the board on Friday, that’s due on Wednesday, that not only keeps you creating but also gives you ideas to pull from later for more finished works. Yeah, just like that one.

I picked my first assignment – “Draw a pair of old shoes” – easy choice, it was #1 on the list.

I even set up some shoes – haphazardly of course, for interest – to give me a visual.

Picked up my pencil of choice, poised it over the paper…

And just sat there.

Staring blankly at the shoes.

And then the paper.

And back at the shoes.

And back at the paper. The new, fresh, spotless, mocking, paper.

Good light, good space, no cat. This should be a perfect spot, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It was like a creative vacuum.

A bit defeated I got up, grabbed the pencils & paper and went to my room and laid on the bed. I put on my headphones and cranked some music (started with Flogging Molly, if you’re wondering).

I just laid there, eyes closed, music distracting my brain (by then it was Good Charlotte, I know this information is very key to the story!) And then it hit me.

All through high school & college, I laid on my bed or floor and sketched. I never had any special table or studio unless I was in a classroom.

I opened my eyes, creativity newly charged – hey – there was even a pair of shoes on the floor! (Kismet? or am I just a little messy?)

Anyway, I grabbed my supplies and I put pencil to sketchbook paper – and guess what?

For the first time in a long time, I started drawing again. Will wonders never cease?

Looks like I found my creative spot!

That’s today’s brilliance! Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey!
Carol

Unintentional Hiatus

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted – guess I let some other stuff get in the way of writing. (like life-stuff, I suppose…)

Didn’t get in the way of taking photos, though. (yay!)

But boy have I taken some stinkers! No, I won’t share them – I’m confident that you all know how to spot a bad photograph, you don’t need my assistance!

Having said that, I’ve taken some really good nature and florals, too!

I’ve even added a few to my Imagekind site (link to the right and at the bottom of the photograph):

"Toward the Sun" available for purchase at:  www.artbycarol.imagekind.com

“Toward the Sun” available for purchase at: http://www.artbycarol.imagekind.com

Some days I’m ever-so-glad to be a photographer in the digital world. It makes the taking of bad photos less serious (horrible? burdensome? embarrassing?)

but then I wonder…

What if it’s making me a lazy artist, too?

I mean, sure, I can take dozens (or hundreds) of photographs and sift through them to find the best ones, and then sift through those to find the best or most interesting to show/share/sell – and while it may be a little more time-consuming, it’s a lot less stressful (especially financially!)

But is that “better” than taking the time to set up and only capture a few (hopefully) really good photos?

Or maybe there’s truth in the old saying “practice makes perfect” – and taking many photos allows myself to continue to learn and grow.

Yeah! There’s the positive spin! the silver-lining! the half-full glass!

I’ll just keep doing that!

I’ve also made some progress on the drawings, but I think I’ll only share them again when they’re complete(ish).

And I’m working on a new logo — and subsequent website — to be unveiled in the near future.

Hmm… guess I’m not so lazy after all! (whew! haha!!)

Thanks for stopping by – Enjoy your day!

Drawings – beginning stage

Nature’s beautiful colors are really filling in. It’s been especially fun to be out taking photos of flowers in bloom.

Ahhh… color!

And I’ve been slowing going through, editing and adding photos to my “nature” gallery on my imagekind website ( http://www.artbycarol.imagekind.com ) – only a couple have made it so far.

I also shared recently that I started a couple of drawings, so I thought I’d share them at stages.

This is the beginning stage (after about a week or so) – each with the inspiration piece:

splashing horse

splashing horse

 

daisy

daisy

Neither is very impressive looking at the moment, I know.

My talent in art has always come easily to me. I think I’ve been taking it for granted, though.

Instead, I want to remember (and relish in) the passion and challenge and pure joy that comes out of pouring heart and soul into my artwork — whether it be drawing, painting or photography.

And that takes patience – something that does NOT come easily to me!

I think it also may seem like this is not a lot of drawing after an entire week or so. Believe me, I get it!

It used to be that I could – and would – knock one of these out every day (and in college, I had to do at least one a day, if not more!)

But art is a process that, to me, isn’t about how fast you can produce or how many pieces you can do in a day –  remember a few sentences ago I said I wanted to relish in this!

Obviously for me, the process is about slowing down, taking my time, and returning to my basic skills.

So, be patient with me, and we’ll see how this goes!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day!