This is all Acrylic Ink and brush work. Some is applied with a watercolour effect – very wet and loose. The piece evolved as I worked on it and layers of dry-brushed ink and brushed lines were added. Realism can be a very meditative journey.
I took an image of a mother cow tending to her calf – an image from Paint My Photo – and worked on abstracting the scene. Having lived on a farm most of my life and being familiar with the cows and their ways it was easy to put my thoughts and feelings into these images in a more abstract manner. I might work on an interpretation of the image in a more realistic manner but this seemed appropriate. A little Picasso and Mondrian influence.
I have been a working artist for about 30 years. I have a lot of art hidden in binders and portfolios and under sheets [my paintings – to keep them dust free]. Today I did a bit of photo work to capture some of the remaining older pieces and thought I’d share them.
These are published drawing – magazine and newspaper assignments.
These are old prints – etching and woodcut –
Life drawing and for my amusement drawings – marker, pencil, conte & gouache
I am cataloging my earlier work – I am still editing some out – not everything needs to be kept.
Creative – Direction – Inspiration ~ Where are you my muse?
Many days go by and that compulsion to create doesn’t push me out of the sofa. I’m not disciplined enough to do art every day. I do a lot of thinking. I review strategies and projects that are waiting. Most days I’d rather read. I’ve just come off months of manic reading. Yes there was art done on some days. There were even lots of art books. The genres are mostly SF novels and Fantasy. Anything that is way out there and colourful in visuals and language.
Night time is my most creative time and I find I can’t go to bed. I resist. When I lie down the ideas start-up. I wish I had a recorder. It would have to record images and ideas. Some nights I can hardly lie there without jumping out of bed to run to the studio to takes notes or sketch. This can be lengthily. It happens most evenings. The bedside sketchbook doesn’t cut it as I’m no good drawing in the dark. Sometimes I tell myself I will remember in the morning – never – not even once. Worst of all the ideas are hanging out of reach if they are looked for.
Once I get all my programs back into my computer I can play with Photoshop again and Corel. I’ve put in 2 days of computer angst and am not too eager to return to installing programs that are not uploading.
Having this summer free is lovely. Now that I’m not reading there should be more creative – a little more each day. I have five books waiting for a read but I have art projects started that are fun and challenging. Painting 2 and 3 are sketched. I have work that I am avoiding – house-work, re-organizing the studio, creating a digital art book, and teaching preparation for my August workshop.
I might review my illustrated story for children. It’s about Chickadees. I need to do some research and many drawings. That story came to me one night as well. My son liked the 1st draft. It has not been worked on for months. Perhaps new insights will come. Once again the illustrations were digital – maybe later.