Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sketches and a Mid Week Mini Rant

paper sketches done over the past several weeks






sketch of Nicholas Wilton!

Sketches from seminar on water management in times of drought



The above sketches were done in the last several weeks. I have a piece in process that should be finished shortly but thought that I would share something mid week. (I particularly love the sketch of the crowd of men. They were looking at the speaker during the conference but they appear to be focused on the exit sign!) I am also chewing on a few issues. Feel free to skip the next part but if you want to know, read on!

I will let you in on a little secret: I long to work more directly. I don't mean creating a message that is more clear as in, "This piece means such-and-such." And I don't mean using my paintbrush and paint to create a specific image. Over the past several months I have been working from tightly rendered drawings, working out color schemes, faithfully transferring images, and sticking pretty close to the script. Sure, there have been many moments of "what if?" questions that have produced good results. And to be fair with myself, I have really enjoyed the results. But I am always looking for the next level; what is the next task to tackle? I also want to make sure that I don't fall back in to a way of working that was very dissatisfying to me. Your art life is made in leaps and bounds as well as small, incremental steps. So, I feel that this next thing is perhaps somewhere in the middle.

My solution has been brewing for months, incidentally, and I haven't addressed it properly. It took yesterday's session in the studio combined with a comment that was made recently at my art group meeting to really spur me into action. (I feel often like I work at a glacial pace!) The comment was from an artist that makes beautifully rendered and extremely detailed drawings. She said that she longed to work more abstractly so that she could finish a painting in a day. Apart from the wrongness of her assumption about abstract art, her comment made me wonder about what she could actually be saying. And I felt she was saying that she wanted more freedom; the ability to churn through her ideas more quickly. Well, I want that too. And you don't get that unless you examine your process and make sure that you are on track. I think a re set is always possible. I'll be trying it with the next piece I hope.

Not sure if this post makes sense but there it is! Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Libby

4 comments:

  1. Dear Libby - all of these works looks great and the colors you are using work so well. Loved the figure from the Jetson's. Reading through your thoughts on wanting something more. It seems to me as if you are wanting to stretch your wings and perhaps go a bit different way. Will be looking forward to seeing where this path will take you. Once had someone wise say we don't have to make huge changes but just turning the wheels a little can lead us in a completely new direction. Hugs!

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    1. Debbie,

      I really liked that Jetson's figure also. I watched the show when I was a kid.

      Funny you mentioned turning wheels. I just read an article about "staying on the bus" as a metaphor for sticking to a chosen path. I think you are right (if I am understanding you correctly) in that a little shake up or "wheel turning" can get us going the right way. I will see what happens!

      Thanks as always for the visit and comments. Hope you are well.
      Libby

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  2. I think there is in many humans a need or drive to experience something new. Status quo is important for awhile to obtain and practice skills and take pleasure in knowing we have mastered our work as far as we can with the knowledge that we presently have. But there is also a part of us that wants to grow, to modify, to change or to invent beyond what we are presently doing. Some are driven more than others, obviously.

    It's all about expression, creativity and what we feel is good for us. We are so fortunate to have the ability to go beyond our current capabilities by taking classes, experimenting on our own, watch video demos, or read books about something that will add onto or change our present knowledge. That's so exciting! It's healthy and natural and important. I'll be anxious to see what changes you might make in your artistic efforts.

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    1. Carol,

      Thank you so much for a well crafted, positive and well thought out response! It really helps. It's the part about wanting to grow and to modify that I suspect is driving me right now. I want to add onto and expand what I am doing. And I suspect that it hasn't happened yet because I have needed to grow my skill set some more. And you know I am a thinker so I have had to think about things:)

      I sure do agree with you also in that we want to do the things that make us feel good; make us feel like we are fully expressing ourselves. I am going to continue to work on things. Stay tuned! (I hope!)

      Thanks,
      Libby

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Libby