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.
When seeking to explore a new area, it is important to learn the basics first and to exercise patience. My nephew is a rock climber. Last year, he climbed the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National park with some friends. Before attempting such a feat, for many months he studied the various techniques and learned the jargon of the trade. He invested in an array of proper safety equipment. He climbed smaller rocks near his home on a regular basis. He listened to more experienced rock climbers. When climbing, he was extremely focused. However, even though he is incredibly strong and very capable, he has the wisdom to clip onto a safety rope when climbing. Yes, rock climbing is risky, but approached with forethought and care, he can enjoy the beauty and thrill of being on the face of a massive granite rock looking down at a beautiful valley – somewhere that very few people have been.
In aspiring to be creative, there are several things we can learn here. First, we need patience. Then, we need to seek out the advice and wisdom of those that have come before us and have more experience. We need to be humble enough to admit we don’t know everything. Then, we need to master the basics and build our skills. We need to equip ourselves with the right tools. Last, we need to surround ourselves with people we can trust to be there to catch us if we fall. But ultimately, if we are to grow, we need to challenge ourselves to go where we are stretched to our limits.