Sketchbook challenge update

Earlier this year I began to challenge myself to draw more, make more time for my art and generally to feed my creative soul. This may well be somewhat indulgent but if you want to get better at something you have to practice! One of the things I have been doing to assist this challenge is following the blog called the Sketchbook Challenge 2012. Continue reading “Sketchbook challenge update”

the inner critic

Having got to the end of the week and looking back over what it was, it is nice to see some progress. I’ve been thinking about what art making is actually about. It seems to me that a lot of what it’s about is being comfortable with yourself and how you make art; or else being so compelled by having to make art or get a message communicated that you ignore the feelings of insecurity and  do it anyway.

Fruit drawings in arcframe app

There are a lot things written about the inner critic – those thoughts you have about your work that make you hesitate to do something. Whilst it is not fun, It encourages me that I am not the only one who deals with this. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to ignore these thoughts is to just get on with it – the art making, the writing, the exercise, music making. Work out ways to do a little bit often which will hopefully lead to the bigger picture. Continue reading “the inner critic”

Great ideas to get drawing

This week I have been contemplating how to get my senior students drawing more. Not just drawing but enjoying the drawing process and being artistically fed by drawing. No easy feat with the pressures of the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education – last 2 years of secondary schooling), part time work and of course the socialising that ‘has to go on or else I won’t survive’. I think back to my own life at this time and I believe it was the same for me, and I am smiling. Nevertheless, it has now become my job to inspire, encourage and teach, and part of that is to enthuse the students about the value and importance of just plain drawing.

As I have been thinking about this aspect of art/school life I’ve come across some great ideas that, if persevered with, will enable the drawing and creative process.

Still life in charcoal by Year 10 student, 2010

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This month’s theme for the Scrapbook challenge is ‘flowers’. My heart sings. I love flowers! So I was flicking through my sketchbook, looking for a place to start on the theme of flowers, and decided it (the sketchbook) was completely uninspired. I came across one page that I covered with swirly type patterns when experimenting with a new Pitt artist pen. It seemed like a … Continue reading Reworking…revisiting

A word theme, subject and media…decisions decisions…

I have now established, at least within my own mind, how I am going to approach this year (that is, I am on a venture to attempt and have a go at things) I thought it was time to address the issue of a theme/subject and use  media in my artwork. I look at it this way because of my teaching background. In VCE Studio Arts, students are encouraged to come up with a theme and media for the year, that they wish to explore. They then have to articulate where they are going to go with that theme in a 2-3 page written document. I decided one year, to approach my own artwork in that way and I guess it has just stuck. Although I am a bit more meandering that I was.  Continue reading “A word theme, subject and media…decisions decisions…”

What’s in a word?

I like to start each new year with a new visual diary. And I like to start each visual diary with a new theme. And I like that theme to be new and different from the previous year. This year I’ve thinking about what word or theme would sum up where I’m going – or where I think I’m going. Ive been prompted to think more more about this by some of the New Year’s blog posts I’ve been reading. Have a read of Lyric’s post. Along with that, Diana Trout’s blog post about balance is great too.

I was thinking that it would be the year to try, have a go and attempt that which I’ve not done before. Whether from fear, busy-ness or procrastination. Those words don’t feel very theme-ish or solid. You know, one to base a year’s goals and achievements on, but the basic premise is good, I think. This idea was prompted by a quote I read around the beginning of the year.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

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A new year…new intentions…

Ah well, maybe not new intentions just a refreshing of the old ones. I do feel I have gone into the new year with greater determination. Holidays are wonderful things. It is so easy to forget the ritual of everyday school and housewife life and indulge in the things I love. Now to incorporate all of that in some creative and thoughtful way. In other … Continue reading A new year…new intentions…