Tuesday, July 31, 2007


This is a newly hatched Khaki Campbell duckling that joined me for coffee early one morning.

Time is such a relevant part of making art and its been in short supply these last few days. There seems to have been a houseful of people to amuse and feed, as well as a double birthday thrown in for good measure. To top it off, the weather has been the hottest, most humid of the summer so far.

I've tried drawing but with constant interruptions, its not been very successful, so on to my last resort - drawing at lunchtime at work. That too has its risk of interruptions but I probably have a better chance of accomplishing something then than at home right now.

The terms that I need to draw (as opposed to sketching) are fairly simple. A quiet place, no people hovering or interrupting, good light and a little inspiration. Its a hard combination to find at times. Sketching is another matter. I can do that most anywhere, whether people are around or interruptions happen because my mind isn't concentrating at the same level of intensity than when I'm attmpting to render a complex subject on paper.

Music doesn't factor into my art often. I don't need music playing in the background to spur me on. In fact it has the opposite effect, it distracts me. Its the same principle as when you're out driving around looking for a particular street and you turn the radio off so you can concentrate. Or is that just me?

Ideas are floating around in my head for another drawing right now and when this happens I need to create thumbnail sketches to put the idea into perspective. My vision is a large drawing or perhaps a painting that will have impact. Large being at least 3 feet long. Now finding the right materials locally is always the challenge. I'll have to scour the little specialist art store, which is often overpriced, but does contain some treasures from time to time.


~Gina said...

Hi Jeanette,
You could be Beatrix Potter and create wonderful storybooks with lovely illustrations of your animals.


Jeanette said...

Gina, the idea is there, the time to do it is the factor. This day job is killing creativity time.