A creative journey

cre·a·tiv·i·ty

noun
the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. 
I am planning on posting some inspiration and ideas to help me (and possibly others) on my creative journey.  I envision this as a quick list of ideas that I have tried or plan to do that is supporting any part of getting into a creative space. There are many ideas swimming in my head; some get jotted down in a notebook, some I apply and get to do and some get lost in the wind. Perhaps this space will help me stay focused, celebrate the successes and acknowledge the realities. I also hope that this helps remind that I am doing many things – both conscious and intentional and those less clear cut.
I am hoping to be kind to myself – I know that perfectionism, distractions, second guessing and life events will seep in. I am almost hesitant to do this declaring my creative journey in the first place – I just got a promotion at work and will be starting a new mental health program at my agency. I fear that this stress will pull me away from my artwork. It is not the “perfect” time to add this to my plate, yet at the same time, is the right time. I know me well enough to know that having a creative space is so critical for my well being. 

 

  • Have a small stash of art supplies ready to go. Get a bin and load it up with supplies that you can easily access. I have gouache, palette, brushes, pens, pencils, charcoal, watercolors and paper in there. I hope to be better at putting things away!
  • wake up early. This is easy for me – I am a morning person, like crazy early – a 3 or 4 am wake up is not that uncommon for me. I like working on some art while it is quiet. For me, this is when I am the most productive.

What are your art supply must haves? When do you prefer to work?

Happy creating!

 

Artwork in Progress

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I am painting one of the banners that will be auctioned off at the Livermore ArtWalk. Each color of the rainbow will be represented plus the addition of a neon orange color. I am on an orange kick, so I will see how that looks. This is the largest canvas that I’ve ever worked on. It’s fun so far!

Hope everyone is having a joyful Sunday!

 

The water rises

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I’ve been unable to get the time to do art this past couple of weeks. The train wreck that is currently going on in our country has me feeling anxious and depressed. It has left me depleted.

I  initially set out to the studio today to throw away some paintings that were not working for me. I felt that I should just get rid of things that are not pleasing to me. Why surround myself with things I do not like? I thought that there’s enough going on in the world (our country) zapping my energy – I don’t need to have that in my art space.

At the last moment, I thought about adding some more paint to cover some of the spots that I did not like. Like magic, I found myself reconnecting and enjoying the piece. It needed to be reworked! I saw a female figure emerging from her water world.

There’s a life lesson here, I know. Sometimes, it is best to get rid of the depleting items in your life. They just take up space and do not serve a purpose. Other times, things can be improved and you can see its possibilities.

clarinet

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Day 15 (which happens to be my anniversary) of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. Another examination of the clarinet. I worked off a photo found here – I loved the yellow background and the orientation to the left. From looking at my own instrument, I see some areas that I might switch around.

The clarinet has always been my baby. I just didn’t know that for a while.” –  Anat Cohen

A little behind

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I am a little behind in my postings for the #30paintingsin30days challenge. This vintage turntable was my Friday the 13th painting. I forgot my phone when I was in the studio so I could not capture the image. On Saturday, I totally did not get a chance to do any art 😦 – I had a flat tire that morning and it just threw my day off. I will head over to the studio shortly and will see what magic happens!

Octave Key

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Okay – this is a pencil drawing, not technically a painting. It’s my day 10 of the #30paintingsin30days anyway. This is another clarinet piece – Octave. I love the face singing “ooh”- I think the clarinet is a singing instrument.

 

Clarinet

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Day 9 of the #30paintingsin30days – I worked a bit more on this piece and can see a few more spots to continue working on. I dug up my first clarinet and used it to help me find shapes. Usually I just use a photo if I am painting an object. It was nice to have a tangible object to work with. Nice to reconnect with my clarinet.