creative tension

November 4, 2006

I’ve found that over the years trying to change my habits always creates stress. Now that I’m drawing and posting daily, I find that I am experiencing a different type of stress. I think it’s a good thing. I am thinking about what I’m going to do and when, and looking for ideas all the time. At times it feels like I’m a little over-stimulated, kind of like an coffee buzz, only an arty buzz. I do wonder where this might lead. At least, for now, I’m enjoying the ride.

a la schiele

I was pleased with this piece, although I feel “guilty” copying artists work. I like Egon Schiele’s work – the angst, the eroticism… he was such a young man. I wonder what bucket of emotion I have to draw from – some middle-aged angst? Nope. Life’s pretty good. Still, I’d like to find some “subject” to draw as a body of work. Things I like: irises, puffins, cranes, faces, beetles, leaves… good for practice. I’ll probably stumble upon it in time, just got to keep working.



November 1, 2006

I spent several hours in the library yesterday looking for inspiration, pouring over books on how to draw. Most of them failed to interest me. Betty Edwards’ The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain caught my attention with her subtitle ‘a course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence’. Okay, we will see! I jumped right ahead to her pre-instruction drawings and drew my own self-portrait, Dave (from memory), and my hand. I confess I didn’t read her instructions. I’ll probably scan through the book and pick/choose what I think will work for me.

I’ve started, let’s see about adding an image…