This blog is for those that are interested in freeing spirit through creativity. This past decade, I have focused more energy and time studying art concepts such as color theory and the elements of design, and applied those concepts through jewelry design, painting and drawing. Future articles will cover topics such as art events, great painting locations, art book and art instructor recommendations, plein air painting, elements of design and lessons learned.
Sketching and painting are ways to become more present to a place. It focuses your attention. However, even then, you're present from a visual standpoint. Are you really present? You may be more present than if you were talking on your cell phone or reading a book. But, are you smelling the place, are you feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, are you tasting the air?
Moonstone Beach, Central California Coast
Last weekend, I spent some time on the central coast of California. There are so many beautiful things to see and experience. I took some time to do this sketch after beachcoming for a while. What I realize in looking at this drawing is that although it helps me to represence the place, but still, something seems to be missing.
Perhaps taking one's presence to a broader range of senses can further improve your art. If you've found that your art has improved as a result of broadening your senses, you are invited to comment on this post. Would love to hear your experiences.
This article reminded me of one of the great rewards for getting out and drawing or painting: you see things in much more detail than usual. The article saddened me given this person witnessed the loss of a neighborhood that at one time was charming. Now, it sounds neglected and derelict.
This artist's work is interesting and she appears to be prolific. She has had several articles published in magazines and offers a lot of art information (workshops, techniques) on her blog. Worth a quick check.
Now that the weather is getting warm and dry, if you enjoy
painting outdoors or would like to try it and you are in the region of
Sacramento, California, this group may interest you. They are active and have a
core group of artists who are great at choosing beautiful locations.