Wednesday, January 27, 2010
10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes
When in between projects, I still keep my hand in and draw and paint daily. They are usually small pieces in a sketchbook of something that captures my interest in terms of lighting or form. Or it may be an idea for a future piece. While looking for inspiration some raspberries that caught my eye. The fresh colour reminds me of warmer weather and I adore raspberries to eat, so before I knew what happened, they appeared on the scrap of paper beside me.
Whatever the time frame, I know that I need to and have to draw and paint to ensure I stay focused. I need to spend time creating, as no serious artist has ever made a mark by just thinking or reading about art. So whether its 10, 15 or 20 minutes a day, 3 hours or a whole weekend, I know that I need to make that time to enable me to achieve my goals.
Its so easy to sit on the sofa and nap or watch mindless television if its on or get pulled into non essential events and put off what I need to do. I only end up frustrated if I do because I'm behind in the creation process and have only myself to blame. Art makes you selfish and it should. Everyone who wants to be an artist needs to take that side of their life seriously and make sacrifices and time for it.
portrait of my mother a few weeks ago and it still needs more work on it. Last night I was looking through a cupboard and came across an old photo album that I had rescued from my mother's house with plans to scan and catalogue the photos. In it were photos of my mother when she was perhaps 17 or 18. The thought crossed my mind that perhaps a ghost of her image at that stage in life might be interesting to have in the current drawing. I did a value sketch of one of the images and will work out size and composition potential in the current drawing before I commit to anything.