Category Archives: creative flow

Outside in the Garden

I have taken advantage of some of the warms days at home. I plopped a chair outside in the garden and have been sketching the neighbours yards and houses. 


There are some wonderful trees right out front, the conker tree is my fav. And my landlord has this old truck just left to meld into the yard. 



I’m getting some great practice with trees and ink. I use the ink right away I don’t lay down any pencil sketch first. Training my eye and learning a new tool. I use some of theses images for my watercolours which I’m loving working with this medium. The weather has turned it’s getting to cold to be out but I have lots of images to play with. 

Finally, my thing

People always say you need a ‘style’ a ‘niche’ I have always struggled with this. I love art it’s all I want to do but I’ve never had a style. Recently I’ve given all this a lot of thought, the one thing about no job, you have lots of time to think. 


I’ve been trying to do a painting, sketch or even doodle everyday. I know I’d like to make a living from my art but I really want to give back as well. What do I feel strongly about, what do I love and where do I feel the most happy. It suddenly hit me…..Nature. I can’t express what being outside in nature feels like. It’s so calming, I feel at peace when I’m outside. 


With the FB, instagram and Twitter posts lately I’ve noticed people react to my nature and wildlife art in a positive way more so than other items and as it’s truly the thing I enjoy doing most it just makes sense. 


So that’s it, my thing, my style/niche. Nature & wildlife art and find a way to use it to create awareness to what we’re doing to planet. I suddenly feel like it really is going to be okay and this is what I was meant to do. 

Trying something new, sort of. 

As I have mentioned I have extra time at home now that I’m unemployed and to be honest I still love it. I can spend my time doing all sorts of things. It’s like a sign, this is what I’m meant to do. If I can sell my art (crafts) to make enough $ to pay bills then this is my future reality and I’m excited, more than I have been in years. 

So while I have this time I’ve decided to try my hand at watercolour. I did it as child, then took a course in college but it never really stuck. I just couldn’t get hang of it nothing looked right. I was a bit apprehensive but I am loving it!


I’ve done items from photos or sketches that I’ve done. I even tried my hand at a bit of watercolour fantasy….I think I need bit more practice for that 🙂


I think I prefer landscapes and flowers, nature. I get lost in it – till someone mentions the time, I am oblivious. 



Well back to it 🙂

Gorillas

While I am home doing the job hunt thing (which by the way is a full time job) and hoping I come up with a way to freelance so I can chose not to return to the office life. I am making most of free time 🙂 

I love animals, nature & all its wildlife (not snakes, never snakes) I thought it would be great to do some pastels of endangered animals. My starting animal is a Gorilla. It’s the eyes, so expressive. 

I used canson pastel paper and a mix of pencil and my Rembrandt soft sticks. 

I’m pretty happy with finished product and it felt good to lose myself in the process. I think I will try another paper next time though. I am now planning my next one. Not sure which animal yet but looking forward to it. 

Car Scribbles

Nearly all Creatives have full time jobs and busy lives so it’s hard to find the time to be creative. This becomes a struggle as you think you’re letting yourself down or maybe you weren’t meant to be an artist (insert your creative here). My days are always busy with the 9-5. I often feel as though maybe I don’t want it bad enough or I’d try harder or quit and go freelance…

So I’m trying to make good use of my hour lunch. I spend it in my car in the parking lot. 


The first 15 mins are reading mail, catching up on my social media sites and yes a quick game of candy crush. I then take the next 15 mins and ‘try’ to meditate. Operative word being try, it’s a loud noisy parking lot, I won’t go into to details, you’d thank me 🙂


Then I get myself situated and spend 15 to 20 mins on what I call my #carscribbles sometimes it really is just a scribble other times it looks pretty good. I’ve started trying watercolour too, it’s a bit tough to get angled right in the car & my perspective looks off but it’s still fun.


I know I don’t spend the whole hour but this little bit keeps me sane so when I do have time at home I have #carscribbles in my sketchbooks with lots of ideas to develop. 

You have to keep drawing, regardless of whether it’s good or bad just the actual doing keeps your creative spark alight, it makes everything in this crazy world seem right. Try alotting a few minutes at lunch or make good use of those sticky notes. 

Yarn Frenzy

I haven’t done much art lately. I’ve done a few things which I will post soon but I’ve kinda been in that whole cold weather blah thing. Happens every year, and I get this curl up on couch and knit syndrome. As a rule I work on one thing nothing big but it keeps my hands busy. 

 Except this year.…

I went on this yarn frenzy I have piles of the stuff. I could start my own store. So I came up with a small goal. Do more than one project and actually finish them! I thought I’d get one or three? things done especially if I do toddler items (small and quick) but no….I couldn’t stop. Which is why my house is messy, art isn’t done and the animals are giving me that look 😉

So here’s my list and I still can’t believe I actually have done all of this. 
 

 1 toddler dress. 6 toddler pullovers. 1 girls tank. 1 afghan and one in progress. 4 hats. 1 lacy pullover for me. 3 cat toys & 1 in works. 1 Baby blanket. 2 pullovers missing a sleeve I ran out of that colour yarn eek! 

   
 Still have a few projects left to complete. I may not have been painting but the ideas that this goal sparked were great. I even came up with an idea that I’ll keep in my notebook for now. I have to create one first to see if I like it or can even do it. 

Did you have any winter goals or frenzies? 

Realism Challenge

Last week during a visit to the local bookshop I found a book by Mark Crilley. I follow Mark in both YouTube and Instagram. He has some great tutorials on YouTube. The book is tutorials on realistic drawings. 

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So I’ve decided to do one a day during my lunch break. It’s good practice for me to keep drawing I get great hints and tips plus I get outside in the fresh air and away from that horrid cubby well it’s really a soul sucking cubby but I’m thinking positive 😉

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I have only done 3 so far and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I can’t wait to do more. 

 3 cracked eggshell 

Absent, oh my gosh!

Sooo, I’ve been a bit absent on here of late. I would like to say the excuse I have is all consuming but there’s a bit of laziness in there as well. Okay okay a lot of laziness. This is the winter that just won’t quit and it’s tiring. That old couch just looks so comfy with the soft fuzzy blankie, but mostly I am outside in subzero temps shoveling and shoveling and shoveling!

snow1-web  snow2-web

The excuse, oh that’s right. Well I got into a mentorship with a wonderful artist Mike at Daarken Art. It’s a great revision on some of the things I learned in art school plus I’m learning lots about digital painting. I am trying to work on my skills, who knows maybe one day I will have an artist table at say ComicCon?

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I have tried to do some other projects but between classes and digging snow, snow and more snow I have not done much. I did start a #GoTG guardian of the galaxy design of Nebula which will become a Tshirt design……..Eventually, in the meantime its back to homework, oh and more shoveling……

 

Characters, Childhood and Creativity

When I was young I spent hours doodling and colouring books. My absolute favourite thing was drawing from comic books and creating characters and fantasy art. This was when I would get into that ‘flow’ that everyone is talking about these days. This passion waxed and waned through teen years but it never died.

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At 19 we had just moved to America and I started my first job here. I used to sketch while working on big smelly machines. One day I was fully engrossed in sketching a Grimm Reaper, my manager decided I must be suicidal and therefore needed to see company shrink. That right there was a defining moment for me.

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I started to hide my art unless it was more uhm you know, main stream. When I entered art school fantasy art was frowned on so I learned the more traditional. As I aged I moved further away from what I used to enjoy, as well as being pushed to be an ‘adult’ get a real job be responsible, don’t be a starving artist. I felt that childlike creative wonder disappear.

It’s only as I look old age in the face I realize Duh! Do what you love. I love painting nature from my photos. But I love, love creating characters, fantasy now using digital but can’t always do it from my imagination anymore, it’s like a word on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t think of it, finding it difficult to have those amazing thoughts and ideas I had as a kid.

With the new popularity of game and comic book art I wonder what I’d be doing now if I were not made to feel ‘bad’ about my art. Damn! I could be working for Blizzard or Pixar I so want to work for Pixar or Skywalker when I grow up……too cool.

Has your creativity been questioned, have you been able to keep that childlike imagination and creativity alive? And if so what practices do you use. Or have you found that age and responsibility have you feeling a little dried up!

Falling into winter

The weather here in the north east is starting to change. The leaves have turned and are falling everywhere. On days when it’s sunny and warm this is a wonderful time of year. It’s not cold and not too hot and there are no bugs to drive you insane. The colours of the leaves do nothing but inspire.

But when it’s chilly all you see, or I do, are dead leaves and then wait in expectation of the coming snow. Ugh the dreaded snow. I’m still in denial, I actually don’t like snow and I live in an awful snowy place 🙂

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When the weather starts cooling off I find it harder and harder to go up to the studio, the fingers do not work as well as they should in the cold room. The cozy living room and TV has more of a draw.

Right now the walls in the studio are white and the room is a bit clinical and I’m thinking it may need a nice warm Colour and maybe a cozy chair and throw. If I can make it cozy it will be easier to sit up there and work. My latest work in progress is spring flowers the flowers are a way of keeping those warm days in my mind and brightening the room.

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What tips and tricks do you all use to keep the studio warm, and yourselves moving and inspired during winter.