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.