I’m working on a large new painting and just beginning the drawing process. A large painting like this will take weeks to complete, but when I put pencil to canvas I start to lose myself in my work… I move into a state of “flow” where time disappears…Read More
I'm finishing up the last details of my drawing for my next large painting... With a simple HB pencil I'm sketching out a story on canvas. I love this part of the process...
It's as if I'm a conduit bringing the vision from my mind's eye, down through my arm, into my hand and out through the pencil onto canvas. Drawing helps me really connect to what I'm creating in a tangible way.Read More
Flowers as Muse
I’m in love with colour and all things beautiful...
And a flower represents the very essence of beauty.
Flowers lift my spirit and make my heart sing!
A flower has its own unique character and personality,..Read More
For me, art in its truest and simplest form begins with pencil on paper. A drawing begins the outline for a greater vision...
And just as my paintings begin with a simple sketch, what I want to create in my life begins with art...Read More
Little paintings, like short relationships, are good practice and you get to experience the thrill of completion a little sooner... But a BIG painting is a long-term commitment. It takes more time, dedication and determination.
Like any relationship, there are many stages to creating a painting.
In the second stage I add a layer of grey paint as a tonal study. The painting is becoming more solid and real... and all kinds of surprises are showing up! Interesting shapes and characters are appearing... it’s fun and playful!
Sometimes it takes a complete change of direction than what I expected... so it’s important to be flexible.
I need to give it continued attention now... if I leave it too long it’s easy to lose interest and start a whole new one...
In the end, the commitment is worth it. Just like a relationship you learn a lot about yourself and a lot about life. You realize it isn’t all about the finished product... it’s about the process and loving each stage of the journey. But you need to make a commitment to experience this.
When we create something, we have a vision in our minds and an intention to create it. We dream and imagine it coming to be... we keep our attention on it. We think about it all the time... And then we take action.
So how do we un-create?
If I have something that I really don’t like (lets say a painting) and it’s on my wall and everytime I look at it I say, “Oh, I hate this painting. It’s got to go!” If I truly want it gone, then what do I do?
Do I keep looking at it saying, “I really hate this, I wish it would go!!”
I could look at it forever... just wishing it would go away... but the truth is, the more attention I give it, the more emotion I give it... the more it will remain as an ugly painting on my wall.
Here are six steps to un-create:
- Be clear that you want this thing (person, experience) out of your life.
- Make peace with it. (Thank it for being a part of your life and whatever it has given you).
- Imagine your life without it. (Imagine it floating away... or disappearing and getting smaller and smaller.) How do you feel?
- KNOW that it is on it’s way out.
- Take whatever action is indicated to you.
- Now give your attention to what you Do want.
Un-creating can be almost as much fun as creating... and opens the door for something new.
What do you need to let go of?...
What will you un-create today?
I love drawing.
When life gets busy and rushes all around me... and I feel OVERWHELMED... I sometimes say to myself, "I think I'll go draw a picture..." It is as if I suddenly realize what really matters...
And what matters is me.
Drawing is very basic. Just me, the canvas and a pencil... pure and simple. It is quiet and personal. There really isn't much between me and the drawing. It starts with my thoughts, flows through my arm, hand, and onto the canvas. In fact, it is how I get to know my painting. I like to draw it out, getting to know all the shapes and characters... light here and dark there... I even like the sound of the scratch, scratch, scratch of the pencil on canvas. And in the background I hear the tick, tick, tick of the clock. I hear the clock but I'm oblivious to time...
It is comforting. Just me.
I love drawing...