I've had busy days before where I've had to delay my daily creating but today was crazy! I had a businesswomens networking meeting that lasted all morning, then a lovely lunch with my adorable husband and then what was supposed to be a quick shopping errand turned into an excursion and suddenly the day was gone! So, I didn't get to sit down to work until around 7pm so it made sense to work on an in-progress piece. I was able to get another corner of this one done, so that's great but I'm definitely ready to be done with this one!
I'll probably start a new project tomorrow!
I decided that after my marathon art making session yesterday, somewhere around 7 hours, I'm taking it easy today. I have several projects in progress and I really didn't feel like starting something new, so I decided to make some more progress on one of them. This flower coloring business has gone on and on and on...I didn't really grasp what I was getting myself into by deciding to color these but it's already sold so I gotta keep working away! It doesn't seem like I'm making any progress but I now have the bottom right corner done! Planning to start something new tomorrow!
Had a busy day today and now it's bedtime so I'll be brief! Spent much of the morning finalizing plans for my Zentangle lesson that happened this afternoon. I didn't get started on today's art until after dinner so I didn't have a ton of time to work but I did finally finish the third Purk pod on that in progress drawing. Someday I'll get it finished!
The commissioned quote drawing I started yesterday is done! I opted to go more simple with the decoration and just try to frame the quote so that it doesn't get lost. I used the colors of the school at which my friend who requested this piece teaches. It's done directly on the "Read" page from a 1989 copy of Webster's Dictionary.
I can't believe I've been doing this daily art thing for 9 weeks. Where does the time go? But time passes anyway so at least I have 9 weeks worth of art to show for the time passing. I need to bring in some more money, though, so I'm going to focus more on producing art that I love making but that I also hope sells. I definitely still plan to keep learning and trying new techniques but I'm feeling the pull to be more purposeful about what I'm working on. I've had several works in progress in recent weeks so you might see more of those. I kinda like doing that though. It's forcing me to take photos as I'm working and it's cool to see the art evolving. I hope to get a Go Pro camera sometime soon and can shoot some video as I work.
Thanks to anyone who has been reading along and following my progress. Feel free to comment and tell me what you think...but keep it nice, please!
Here's a pic of the finished quote and my week 9 compilation.
Today was a busy day for me so I didn't have much time to work on my art today but I didn't want to miss the day so I pulled out my trusty colored pencils and my current drawing and got to work. A couple hours later, I had the second pod done and the early layers on the third one complete. I'm going to keep working on this one tomorrow but I also plan to start something new tomorrow. Variety is the spice of life, right?
Day 60...officially 2 months into my daily art practice. I guess I would be at 63 days had it not been for that bad week at the beginning of June when we lost our sweet dog but I'm really proud of myself that I didn't let that become an obstacle for me. I've learned a lot over the last 2 months, as I hope I've adequately relayed. What's been great about this is feeling like I'm connecting to my true self everyday. I guess there have been days when I haven't really felt like making art but when I've felt like that I'm usually tired, maybe a bit cranky, sometimes having a pity party, but once I sit down to work on something, even if it's just sketching some ideas, I start to feel better about those other things. I've been trying to do sitting meditation for years and I'm sure I just give up too easily but I typically find myself just dozing off or full on falling asleep, even with guided meditations. I get frustrated and just stop. But I'm finding more and more that when I'm drawing, especially stuff like my cityscapes which use such intricate linework, that I'm able to focus on that so much that I can mentally sit back and observe my thoughts, much like they say to do in sitting meditation...watch them come and go like clouds. The activity of making art really does help to ground me in the present moment, which I think is why it helps me feel better, when I'm feeling upset or angsty....those things that I'm agonizing about or catasrophizing in my mind haven't happened, everything is perfectly ok right here, right now in this very moment. Then I can't help but feel grateful for this moment, for the ability to make art in this moment, for all the abundance (material and immaterial) that surrounds me in this moment. How amazing is my life? Very...very.
I worked more on the Zentangle inspired drawing today, but I was a little tired of the green so I opted to shift to the pinks on the Purk pods. I thought I'd get them all done today in just a couple of hours, but not so much. I've never really clocked how much time I spend working on my drawings but today I just happened to notice the clock when I sat down to work. I spent 2 hours, pretty much straight through, on that one pod and putting down the base layer on the other two. That may not seem like a long time, but I really did think I'd get all 3 of them done today in that couple of hours. Imagine my surprise when I saw how much time had passed and only one was done. It's interesting because I know that hours pass when I work, but once I'm in the flow, I don't really notice how much time really goes by. So, more hours are ahead for me as I continue to color.
I'm giving a Zentangle lesson tomorrow and was thinking about what I want to teach tomorrow and decided to create a Bunzo (that's the pattern name on the tile below) monotangle in a spiral formation. Bunzo is one of my very favorite tangles/patterns but it's one that I just have to remind myself to trust along the way. I always feel really funky about it while I'm working on it because my inner critic likes to chime in on how ugly it looks and how I should just give up. But I know once the spaces are colored in, shaded and highlighted, it will look cool, so I keep at it. I just love this one!
Not too much to report on today. Saturdays are often a busy day filled with errands and such. I didn't have anyone sign up for a Zentangle class for today so those were cancelled but I went in search of a dictionary to do more art upon (I found a nice big one at Goodwill for like 3 bucks!) and to find some ribbon to match a dress I need to alter a little for an upcoming wedding. Found the ribbon, at least as close as I could match colors and got some coordinating glass pearls to make a necklace. Yay! Then grocery shopping happened and finally back home. So, I didn't get started on the coloring until this afternoon and this is how far I got. I love the greens of the vines and I'll use that color combo on the leaves of the plants. I wanted the stems to seem woodier so I added some browns but I think there still isn't enough contrast between the stems and the vines so I think I'm going to go deeper and darker with the browns and see if I can find the right combo. The problem I might encounter though is that with wax-based colored pencils only so many layers can be added before the wax just takes over and I may be swiftly approaching that point. I might just leave them until last and add more if I feel like they are still lost after everything else is added in. We'll see :)
I just did not know what to make today. After many years of creativity block, it's awesome to have new ideas but sometimes an abundance of ideas is paralyzing. The morning started with me thinking about starting one thing, then I had an idea for something else and started thinking about that. Then that made me think of something else and I got out some reference material and started sketching ideas in my sketchbook but then I realized that this idea was going to take more time than I had to really get started today and I then I started thinking about how would I do the backgrounds, etc so I just had to stop. Of course, I've made notes of all of these ideas because I think they are good ones to explore but I just knew they weren't ideas for today.
So, last week I did a found poem using a Zentangle pattern that's called Purk. It's the one that kinda looks like a shell. When I started doing Zentangle in October 2012, I just fell in love with how this one looked but damn if I couldn't do it. Now, there's no one ideal way to draw a pattern, you just follow the steps and how it turns out is simply how you create that pattern. This is a fantastic way of thinking and operating within the Zentangle method. However, I simply love how Maria Thomas' (co-founder of the Zentangle Method) Purk looks and I practiced my heart out to get it to look how I wanted it, to look dimensional and bumpy. Now, it's one of my very favorite patterns to use. I had an idea earlier this week to use Purk as a plant-like pod and use the ribbon-like lines that surround the bumps as vines. I like it so far. I can't wait to see how it comes together with the color. Just for reference this one is 9"x12".
I decided not to start anything new today. But I've been on such a roll that I couldn't miss a day so I opted instead to work on the coloring on that flowery, floaty checked teardrop thing piece. It's astounding to me how long each flower takes to color. It seems like they should take no time at all but each flower consists of three shades of each color that are added in layers and blended and blended again. So, each flower takes many minutes to complete and there are so many flowers on this thing. This piece is 10" x 15" so there's a lot of ground....er....paper to cover. At least now I have one corner done! I think something new tomorrow :)
Got started on this one earlier today so that I was sure I could get it finished and posted as early as possible. It still took many hours but these are so much fun to work on so the time just flies by and except for the fact that my hand is sore (maybe a bit too much drawing these days...and my iron grip doesn't really help either). I started this daily art practice with the desire to just get into the habit of making art daily...I mean, I can't really call myself an artist if I don't actually make art, right? I definitely think I'm in the groove now as far as consistency of art making but what I'm really gaining through this process is connection to my artistic intuition and to trust that little voice. I had several starts and stops with this piece. I already had the poem created but I just couldn't think of what to do with the art part. Truth is, though, so much of art making seems to be (for me at least) beyond thought. I scribbled a few lines on the page, thinking I'd go one direction but found other inspiration in those lines and went in a totally different direction. After I had the main items drawn in I started thinking about the background and again ended up in a different place than where I started. Finally, I had imagined that this would be all just black and white (or cream since that's the color of the paper), using just the black pen and graphite shading but as I was just getting ready to start that shading, I had a sense that I should use color instead. I'm so glad I listened to that small voice because I think the color helps those focal items pop more than pencil shading would have, especially since the background ended up being more prominent than I first thought it would. I like this piece. I love the poem and while the background is kind of busy, I love the dimension in it and in the focal items. This item is for sale for $80 plus S&H. Please email me if you'd like to buy it now...I'll likely have it posted on my Etsy shop shortly. Please consider supporting an independent artist :)
Here's the poem:
“Miracle” from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
we commit ourselves to uncertainties
compelled to live,
reverencing our life,
All change is a miracle;
a miracle which is taking place every instant.