This is my time to explore “this n that” in the art studio because I haven’t quite settled into any one art medium nor subject matter for several months. If I had the room, I’d have 4 art stations with different projects going at once: wire works, felting, collage and painting. Come to think of it, I could do that, but it would mean moving into the garage and it’s too cold. Instead, I have little baskets around the house with different projects in each to satisfy my creative urges.
In the evenings, I settle in with a little box of colored pencils, a pen, and small pieces of mixed media paper cut into 3×4 inch pieces. I do a random drawing and then color the various sections
A friend and I meet once a month for “art play.” Recently, we got turned on to working with wire. It’s kind of like 3-dimensional drawing but wire has a mind of its own! It’s fun and on my website you can see my collection.
These wire dresses were fun to make and are the only two I’ve done. I can see a wire clothesline across a wall with many more hanging from it.
On a recent trip to Portugal, I stopped in a very expensive linen shop and a whimsical wire spoon was resting on a shelf. I said to myself, “I can do that” and came home and made a set. The knife is about 12 inches long so this group looks pretty darn happy on a wall. Now I’m thinking what about place settings for 8?
This is the year is to get better at drawing/painting the human figure and faces. So, I’ve gone back to using charcoal, pencil, pastel and chalk on paper to draw. I say “back” because this was my original way to learn drawing. It’s messy and luscious; it’s easy to make corrections and additions; and the depth of expression appeals to me.
Sketching is never-ending and always a joy. I tend to be busy-busy and sketching invites me to stop, look and be present. There’s always challenges no matter what I choose to sketch, but it’s also linked to my quiet determination and forgiveness of line.
I’m not exceptionally good at any of these mediums nor do I care. Right now it’s not about becoming highly skilled at wire making, drawing perfect faces or figures, or sketching a prize image. It’s about doing art. It’s about showing up. It’s about keeping my creative juices flowing.
Wherever you are in your own creative life … bless it, caress it and share it.