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Leap Year 2020 will mark four years since we lost Max, our beloved cat of fifteen years. Max was the cat who graced our wedding program, as he invited guests to the marriage of his two people.
I recently received in the mail a lifelike portrait I commissioned of Max…
The artist is Pamela Slaton, a talented artist I have known for decades. Check out her other work, it is amazing
I have learned that drawing gives me ideas. Just the act of mindlessly moving the pen around on the paper gives me food for thought, ideas for projects, ideas for paintings.
It would be great if you would follow along my #Inktober journey and give me comments along the way. Or checkout my blog about What I learned from doing art.
Eventually, when the weather is nice again and I can set up a tent outside in which to paint, I will get back to painting. Until then, I leave you with this illumination.
“Mindless” is right up my alley.
The story of my arthritis acting up after three hours of bell ringing.
I found a perfect magnolia blossom on the ground in front of my neighbor’s house, and decided to play with it like a child might play with a toy. First I drew all over on petal with colored pens, then I pried it open to reveal its fascinating center. I took pictures along the way.
How do you break out of a creative block?
My creativity comes in waves but for the most part it never leaves me. What can happen is I get distracted by other obligations and amusements. I find the best way to break out of a creative rut is just to start doing something…doodling or writing for example.
One thing that’s important to understand about the creative process is that artists and writers don’t just spew forth beautiful, complete perfect works in one go. Maybe a few rare pieces arrive perfect, but most creative works take a lot of work. Some days are all about sketching and scribbling out the bare rudiments of ideas. Other days are about planning. Then there are the “doing” days when you feel like you are actually progressing. And then there are the “editing” days when you are perfecting and cleaning up nearly finished work. Then there are the days, hopefully, when you get to display a finished work.
If you are really stuck long term, going through the exercises in a book like The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron may help.