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Drawing In Nature Or Is It Drawing Nature?

Nature

The beauty of drawing isn’t simply what shows up on paper. The beauty of drawing for me is the process. Take for example when drawing in nature, I’m not so much excited about the end result, (well, maybe a little), but I’m more into the process.

Combining the lines, making the shapes, seeing gradually, how the image comes together.

Drawing in nature is about drawing from nature. I think you must be in the environment your trying to draw to fully feel it. Oh, pictures work too.  Continue reading Drawing In Nature Or Is It Drawing Nature?

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The Creative Weekender: Learn How To Draw Some Florals

Florals

Drawing for me is more than a passion or hobby, it’s a lifelong journey of creativity.

Did that sound good?

Seriously, I always have and most likely always will enjoy drawing. I love drawing the mandalas because that’s why I do but I also enjoy mixing in the floral work.

Drawing floral art is fun, sometimes challenging and ultimately it looks good. When done right.

While I’m mostly self taught with the floral work, I’m always looking for a point of reference and to learn new things. So I picked up How To Draw Modern Florals by Allie Koch. 

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The book is simple, clean and very easy to follow. Look at the examples and follow the instructions on the left page, practice on the right. It’s a great learning tool. Once you mastered her teachings, keep this as a great reference.

One can never stop learning. Now, before you go crazy drawing I suggest you pick up some proper tools. I suggest Pigma Micron markers. You need to and want to go small with a number of your lines. The archival ink quality of Pigma is great.

Remember my thoughts on drawing: it’s about lines, shape and composition. Think of yourself as make a photograph. Your composition is everything. The devil is in the detail so focus on your lines.

Stay small where you need to. Go big where you need want to. Throw-in some accent lines and shadow. Follow along with Allie and you’ll surprise yourself and your friends.

Ok, you don’t have to show your friends.

So for this weekend, pick up this book and get cracking on your own floral art. You will feel inspired and it gives you something different to do.

Take your time. Enjoy what you’re doing. That’s the point, to find some creative inspiration and be happy.

Creativity well lived, it’s a journey.

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Creative JumpStart: Goals For a New Year

Goals

A new year, a new set of 365 opportunities to create and make stuff! New years isn’t really a holiday for me. I haven’t stayed awake past 9 in years. For me, the holiday is more of a time of reflection.

A look back at the previous year. Where did I start? What did I learn? Most importantly, where do I want to go in the new year. Continue reading Creative JumpStart: Goals For a New Year

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Solitude Is Good For The Soul So Disconnect!

Solitude
Solitude
Photo by Etienne Desclides via Unsplash.com

In search of solitude I go. I will admit lately I can’t get out of my own way. I sit and try to compile lists of things I want to do, both creatively and in everyday life. But I get caught up in my thoughts and anxieties. I know we all do, but it is more of a problem lately. Part of the problem is disconnecting.

Think about how much we’re connected. The first thing I do in the morning is turn on my phone. I’m good at turning it off when I go to bed as I don’t want that random 2 am sleep interruption. But the moment I wake, I’m reaching for the smart phone and on it goes. I can’t even count how many times a day I check various social media and email. Sound familiar?

Even as write this post, my phone is sitting on the desk in front of me and my monitor.

All this connectivity adds to the distraction and detachment from what I want to do. I see what other artists are doing and how others are living their lives and I say, “wait! I should be doing that.”

But then nothing. I can’t get out of my own way.

I look at what Ryan Lochte did in Rio. His actions and more so his response got in his way. A tarnished reputation that I suspect will take time to overcome, if ever. I know it’s an extreme comparison, but sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

It’s the same I think for me and probably many other creatives: we want to do so much but can’t seem to move out of our own way. Our own thoughts and action, or inaction, keep us from achieving our purpose.

Find the Solitude Everyday Just For a Moment

It’s easy to let myself get distracted. No I haven’t jumped onto the Pokemon Go craze and nor will I. But I get distracted by many other things from the news, to sports to even DraftKings, (yes, I love the fantasy football and thankfully it’s back in New York.) All these things and many others distract and corrupt the peaceful mind.

 

“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” 

-Laurence Sterne

I need to disconnect, even for thirty minutes a day. We all do. It’s finding that peaceful place to delve into our thoughts or to simply think of nothing. . Finding a little solitude will go a long way. The point is to get out of my own head. Once I do that, my creative process will prosper. At the very least, I’ll feel much better.

 

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Art Experimenting Works! Why Aren’t You Trying It?

Motivation

Experimenting

For the longest time I always wanted to be a landscape artist. Then I said why not portraits? Then is was abstract. Then it was Zentangles. Then it was mandalas. Oh there are animals and flowers too. It was this experimentation that made me realize what I want to do as far as my art. Yeah, this took a while and the pile of balled-up paper in the garbage showed my frustration. But in the end, I learned and I grew as an artist by experimenting.  Continue reading Art Experimenting Works! Why Aren’t You Trying It?