What About Prep Work?

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Prep work?  What do you Mean?

We always talk about inspiration, subject matter,  paints, their color,  pigmentation.  All these things are important.  But as a mixed media artist I know how much other stuff is needed just to start painting.

Do you save everything?  Are you obsessed with all kinds of things to put into your artwork?  How about fabric, have you tried that yet?    It seems that isn’t the thing I think about when I’m getting ready to create.  In reality, if you are a mixed media artist,  you collect everything.   Everything!  

My husband is very tolerant of all the mess I create.  Many times my studio is so disorganized, I move into the kitchen or dinning room.   In my defense, my studio is very small!  So small I find myself moving slowly, and very quietly into the best spots in our home.  Still not any complaining from my husband.   Doesn’t he sound like a great guy?  He is!

I have been sitting here tearing out words that look good to me in an attempt to construct a large piece of paper I can copy, tear, and insert into my mixed media work.   I don’t like to do it, and it takes time to tear and paste.  I did it, I completed and entire page….

Sketching has been on my agenda lately also.  I don’t sketch often and I need to keep my skills polished!

The classes I take are an attempt to learn new things.  A way to learn how to see differently, or look at things through a different lens.   As long as I’m learning, I’m growing.

Do you have a sketch book you can grab and a pencil or pen.   Try sitting for a few minutes and just put down on paper what you see.  Pick one thing, don’t try to draw everything, you build up to that!

Also, perfection is for cameras!!!

Don’t try to be perfect, that’s for cameras.  Everything is perfect in it own being.  The more creative the more interesting, and you don’t have to beat yourselves up!  Don’t expect to do a great job at first, it takes time, and practice.

 

 

Out of the Box!

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Seeing  these cooler spring days, makes me lazy.   The music & dance just looked like the thing to post today.

Can I dance like that?

Not any more!   I have always loved to dance, but these days all I want to do is paint!   Oh, & work out, clean house, cook, laundry,,,,,,yea I love keeping house, doesn’t everyone?

Girls day!

Meanwhile, I have been knitting, painting, & I’m taking a  class for “sketching  on vacation.”  So as you can see, I’m feeling lazy.  Lazy only lasts as long as its gloomy, as soon as the sun peeks its happy face out, my energy snaps back.

The three girls are just a quick doodle sketch I put together while listening to a lecture.  I’ll still work on it probably as an add on doodle.

A girl has to do what a girl had to do!

Taking a class with other students keep me up to date, puts me in touch with other like-minded artists, and restores my creativity.  I love the interaction I get from all the other people in the class.Even if I’m not as excited about a class as I should be, I always get something helpful form that class.  In my opinion the creative energy I get from walking into a classroom, the comerodery I get, and let’s not forget ideas.   I’m not talking about copying, just absorb the ideas of others, together with your own, make up very personal artwork.

If there is desire, there is a way to achieve your goal.