I'm calling in sick today. Trying not to put this time to too much waste, but a splash of paint is the most I could muster today.
There are a couple of responses to an artist block:
1) Walk away
2) Force it
Today I am forcing it by doodling these scenes in my notebook, scenes from the house where I grew up. The other day I realized how many trivial details I can still remember of a home last visited ten years ago, and wondered how awful it would be if later on in life I'd forgotten all of them. Of course, brains will fill in any memory gaps with fabricated details, so there's no telling how removed from reality these doodles will get as time passes.
Before heading off to work, I'm getting into light pen sketches and thin layers of watercolour for this week's journal video. Stay tuned.
I paint sparingly. More than the average homebody, but not as much as a professional. I used to fill up sketchbooks like mad, in fierce competition to equally creative friends, yet lately I sometimes forget I even have a sketchbook. One journal page a week (for the video) is the current trend.
It's the creative fear. The fear that I'm going to waste a good idea by using it before I'm skilled enough. The fear of wasting supplies on something I don't think is good enough to sell. The fear of expanding this backlog of unappreciated and forgotten artwork. It's still there, picking away.
For the next little while, I'm going to put on my best poker face and create without fear. After all, photographers shoot a hundred photos if they want ten good ones, surely I will have to crank out several underdeveloped ideas just to find one that works.
Or, you know, I should use my sketchbook more often. Starting now.
So the annoying part about bringing a big clunky camera with me while I sit at a craft fair, is the fact that there's never actually a memory card inside of it. I am not a smartphone owner, so I have zero photos of the event set up. This is totally not the first time, either!
But I am quite cheered by these cute little brad sets that arrived in the mail! I rarely order from Peachycheap but sometimes there are items that I just can't resist.
I used to think maybe brads were the silliest thing ever... I had no idea how to use them. To me, they were duotang clasps that just sit and look pretty. I bought my first pack of them a while ago and loved how they added such depth to scrapbook or journal pages. Can't wait to play with them!
What do you do when you are low on creative ideas? There are a few options, but sometimes I will just open a notebook and start sketching random objects. Some are tedious like that mineral, and some are a little more enjoyable like the teapot. If I find a shape I like, I might be inspired to use it later. What about you?
A couple of weeks ago I was all excited about making new art - new!new!new! - for next year's shows and I'm trying to push myself back in that direction today. This tiny painting is an exciting mix of colours for such a small idea. Flat tire. The current status of my bicycle. I miss my bicycle.
Why draw bicycle spokes when you can use threads? I don't use enough threads anymore.
I used too much black paint and gel medium so I put the rest of it straight onto a random journal page instead of my usual cleanup book. I'm really in love with the unfinished and sloppy look of this.
It's cooling down pretty quick over here. The sun sets at around 5pm and everyone wants to stay indoors where it's cozy. And so I've been going to work more often to cover for those who are staying indoors :) Not much fun is being had. My blueberry bushes feel the same way so they are turning golden and bare. I didn't even know they did that!
Luckily we have super mild weather that's ranging from 2C-10C, and yet there are strawberries still trying to ripen!
The calamondin is the most confused of the bunch: it's currently flowering and growing a bunch of new shoots. I'm not complaining, because the flowers smell absolutely amazing. This has been his happiest year, I think. An interesting thing to note about the calamondin is that this flower will probably take a year to turn into a ripe fruit. That's a long time.
Here are some that were flowers in the spring! They're so cute! Someday they will be slightly bigger and turn orange. And then I will have no idea what to do with them.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST