Art & Design
It's always curious to me how a year's end or beginning jostles folks to hasty reflections of their life. The sheer power of numbers on a calender seems like the panic button to rattle about time lost, goals not reached yet, bucket lists dragged out from last New Year without any new check marks added...
Why is it that we humans in general have such a hard time getting things done if there isn't a constant reminder, threat, or reward looming? Well, if you're anything like me then you suffer from the crippling affliction of always taking on more than I should - projects to help others, good causes, but rarely do I consciously heap on activities and projects that are actually just good and relaxing for me. The constant need to help and be of service to others is probably not inherently a bad thing (sure hope not) but it is not always a sustainable life philosophy to live by.
Fun thing about Dandelions: They have hollow, very fragile stems which drip a milky, slightly sticky but thin kind of sap when cut.
If you slice the stem lengthwise with the fiber and put the buttery yellow flower in water, it will float with its head on the water surface while the stem will curl up into tight green ribbons just like the tail ends of a fancy bow on a nicely wrapped present. The thinner the cuts, the tighter the curls. :)
A Revival of the "Daily Doodles"
P.S.: On another bright note: Another one of the pen & ink drawings has been taken in by a friend: "Death coming to Tea". It is always gratifying to find a home for my drawings and paintings - after all, even though I enjoy their company, it can get a bit crowded with all of them in our apartment.
2. Take self-inventory - the pros and cons
Some people make lists or resumes, others do a mental break-down, but the basic idea is the same: Take a general look at yourself and your abilities, for example your latest projects and acomplishments, the skill set you have developed and the tools and techniques you are currently using.
When listing your draw-backs, be specific. When looking at past projects, which aspects were the most difficult or problematic? What was the most daunting challenge, perhaps there were jobs you declined? Maybe you lack the confidence in your drawing, technial skill or tool set?
The possible list of small kinks in the daily routine of an artist are too long to admit, sometimes. If you have trouble with this step you can ask open-minded former clients or friends to help you with this assessment - sometimes outside opinions can open up lots of new avenues for improvement!
Static Emersion - CJ 1/22/2012
This January I've been pondering the self-improvement angle and reflection period of New Year's: But since I've never been big on new year's resolutions, how about new practice exerises? The dilemma of work routines is often that there is hardly any room for creative play-time. After all, we all need to do our respective jobs to keep up the monetary support system - but in order to improve your hand and compositions extra-curricular activities are vital.
Is this double-life hard to keep up? You bet! How often a day do you have a meaningful new point of view, a seriously all-encompassing angle on a familiar subject... AND the time to put it into a sketch or words at the same time? That's why it is so important to experiment without putting yourself under the pressure of discovering/fabricating the ultimate piece of art of the century; hence the focus on the playful aspect.
So far it has become evident that this chore of making a sketch a day or more has at least one unexpected favorable outcome: It is training my eye and mind to look for inspirations in odd places. On walks, while watching TV, or in conversation I now notice funny little things that make me spin off entirely new thought processes for visual depiction.... Others call it daydreaming - I call it shopping for motifs. :)
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.