|Summer grasses 6/2012|
In the last few months I have been seriously considering, AM I an ARTIST? Am I really? What does it mean to me to be an artist? What does it take to have a passion about it so strong that you do it over everything else? Although I still can't answer all the questions fully, I decided to own this: I am a creative person who is an artist, a crafter, and an enthusiast for creative living. So, I have switched my focus of this blog to share my ongoing project of creating a beautiful life. A life that is surrounded by beautiful and useful things (thank you William Morris). A life that is evolving my artistic talents not only to go public at art shows but also to embrace my God given talents - to own them whether someone sees them or not.
With all this said, above is a quick practice piece using acrylics in a mixed media sketch book. I found it at Blicks in Berkeley. I chose a large format 11" x 14" as I usually have sketch books of 9 x 12 or less. I wanted to just play with brush strokes and building depth. I am a trained technical illustrator in the genre of botanical and biological images, so painting doesn't come easy for me as I want to be detailed like when I use pen and ink or colored pencils. The acrylics I find makes me look at things with a broader eye - breaking things into blocks of color and lights and darks.
As an educator I get my summers off (I call it battle pay with out the paycheck). However, my time is my own and I can refocus myself on what matters to me. The trick of course is to make creativity a habit like eating, sleeping and brushing your teeth!
A sketch a day. Do something for 10 mins or more a day. (Note: I have allowed myself to include any sketching I do for historical costuming - see my other blog: http://www.lachatelainechocolat.blogspot.com/.)
Try a new way of looking and interpreting an image. This will help me try different mediums other than pencil, pen and ink.
To post regularly my efforts at least once a week.
I hope you will continue to join me and see how my progress moves along. Thank you for your patience and hanging in there with me. Cheers!