Thursday, October 15, 2015

on creativity and making art, pt 2

over the past year, i have spent a lot of time doing this, so my interest in art journaling and learning the discipline of drawing came at the right time. or maybe this is why it showed up- hard to tell-

regardless, i am able to stay creative and practice drawing on the road. this is what i pack in my computer bag on trips- i've (finally!) managed to scale things down to a manageable few items. i may still be overboard on pens :).

this is something i picked up in an online class from another student. i use an old book (given to me by a friend- it was her grandmother's swedish/english dictionary) and section a spread into quarters; easy to finish a small sketch in a short amount of time. 

this is me set up in the airport in Houston waiting on the flight home.

and the finished spread- last square done on the flight home, which led to learning about the best art supply store in Houston & neighborhoods to check out next time i'm there.

i'm thinking about this because last weekend was Boise Open Studios weekend. 49 local artists invited the public into our studios. i love participating because it gives me a chance to talk to people about my art and i inevitably learn something. people were very interested in my journals- so much so that i set up a separate table for them on Sunday.

in the process of talking with visitors and explaining what's going on in my studio, which has a string of animal photos i have taken hanging about my work table, i realized that i have wanted to learn to draw for a while. 

i thought about doing a series of paintings from my photos of wildlife a while ago. i didn't want to grid everything out like i have in the past to be able to go larger than a tracing allows. for the first time, i am working things out in a book before putting them on a canvas.

it's fascinating how things build and come together and how the threads become apparent sometimes much later. these pieces will have the animal's symbolic meaning written in the background. probably not legible, but informing the finished piece.

i'm excited to see what else comes from this, and grateful for all of the things that headed me in this direction.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

on being creative and art

i was talking with a friend who is a wonderful artist and she said she hasn't been making art. she's been spending all of her time redoing her back yard. then we started talking about what constitutes making art. gardens definitely do. I spent years gardening and doing needlepoint and cooking before I ever had the nerve to try to draw or paint. I took my first non photography art class at 40.

photography, gardening, needlepoint, etc taught me a lot about composition and color theory. one of the beautiful things about making art is that there's always more to learn. once the rules are understood how to break them to the best effect? which medium is best to communicate my thoughts?

what is art anyway?

instagram and facebook lead to so many photos shared- yet the good still speak, composition and technical ability still elevate basic to great. it's often "here I am!, this is what I see!" i'm sooooo guilty of this-

i hope it's a different look, but i'm not always successful.

sometimes i see and capture something unique-

which may or may not touch someone/be considered "art"

drawing is pretty universally considered art- if "serious" and "good enough".

I have been fortunate enough to be introduced to art journaling, which has helped me practice drawing and document my travels

in a very different, more personal and intimate way than with my camera, tho i still hope to share a different view through that lens.

at the end of the day, it's all about communication. sharing my world- which may be (very likely will be) interpreted in a completely different way by someone seeing my images- but if the art touches them, who cares? that's what it's really about for me- that something i created impacted another person. that is pretty amazing.

art is communication, sharing, thought. it's more than decorative, it's interactive. there is art that breaks every "rule" and still takes my breath away. there's art that follows every "rule" and leaves me cold. what touches me may not touch someone else. it's individual and subjective so wonderful because of that. 

it's the spirit and life in a piece of art that matters- whether it speaks and moves people, not whether a thing is perfectly drawn. that's what i strive for- the connection.