I am less confident when I have ideas or am inspired by a thought, because I always have in the back of my mind the worry that the outcome will be less than what I envisioned, and so will be laughed at by others. I need to concentrate on being more 'present in the moment', and enjoy the freedom of inspiration. It is the first step, I think, in the journey of creating something that is expressing my own emotions. I need to acknowledge that my inner thoughts are worth exploring and expressing.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Doodling stimulates the mind and tunes up the hand-eye coordination. Plus you come up with the most wonderful ideas when you doodle! I am sure that Matthew Baker (c.1586) a mathmetician and shipwright, and all around renaissance man, was doodling when he designed a galleon based on the anatomy of a fish!
Posted by Rose Altom at 10:41 AM
I have been reading a wonderful book...."DRAW LIKE DA VINCI" BY SUSAN DOROTHEA WHITE. It is very insightful, and gives lots of practice sessions to help improve your drawing. I have pulled a few little tidbits of information that has really hit home with me from this book.
One question that it asks and answers to a certain degree is "Why do I need to be an artist?"
1. Drawing helps us to focus. ART IS AN EXPRESSION OF EXISTENCE, POWER, AND BELONGING TO OUR WORLD!!
2. Drawing helps us to communicate what we can't vocalize. WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT WHY WE ARE MAKING EACH ART PIECE.
The book also gives a few guidelines to drawing that I find rather intriguing.
a. Draw what happens around you.
b. Be careFREE not careFUL!
c. Creativity comes from chaos.
d. DO NOT ERASE- the lines you draw show movement, life and your own thoughts.
e. There are no mistakes in your drawings!
I definitely recommend this book if you want to find more meaning behind your drawings, and I am loving the variety of projects suggested.
Posted by Rose Altom at 10:33 AM
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I have thus far used a fairly limited palette. In the spirit of spring, (and ridding myself of depression forever!) I am trying out a new palette. I use mostly umbers, siennas, and ochres. Time to expand into rainbow colors! I have chosen a beautiful Rose Madder, Cobalt Turquoise, and Hensa Yellow to start with. Expect to see the results of my new color picks soon!
Posted by Rose Altom at 8:19 PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Last year I was invaded by red wasps...my studio was completely taken over by about 30 of the little darlings. While I am a softy when it comes to creatures, I am NOT willing to give up my studio to the enemy! This year, the wasps are out early and in force. I have taken some photos to get to know the enemy better and try to talk some sense into them. We are in the midst of negotiations right now, and the wasps are not listening well, but we WILL come to a compromise, I am sure of it!
Posted by Rose Altom at 10:52 AM
In the spirit of having more fun with my sketches, I drew this. In my mind, I am equating all of these happy, singing faces with the unity of artists...the family of people who understand one another and support each other. While my life is a bit barren right now of that unity, I know it is out there, and I am working towards building my own community of art supporters. We all need that feeling of belonging and unity. And I am singing for all I am worth!
Posted by Rose Altom at 10:45 AM
Monday, April 4, 2011
I learned something incredibly helpful today. I was looking through a new book, "Sketchbook Confidential" by Pamela Wissman and Stefanie Laufersweiler. It has tips from the private sketches of over 40 master artists. I noticed that their sketches were much freer than mine, more expressive and creative, and in flipping through several of my own sketchbooks, I found myself rejecting many sketches because they were not perfect, they were unfinished. The tiny 'clue bell' went off in my head - I wasn't sketching at ALL! I was doing complete pieces and missing that all-important step of capturing the essence and emotion of the subject AND the moment. Dear! Dear! Dear! I am going to have to go back to step one and relearn a few things. Especially: my sketches should be my learning phase, not perfect every time. Will I EVER become an artist?!
Posted by Rose Altom at 4:22 PM
I find lizards amazing! Odd thing to say, but from an artists perspective, think of the color! They change color with their environment, and attract a mate by flashing brilliant colors to announce their availability. I would love it if my hubby would turn neon blue and flourescent orange to signal his interest! Wow! Today I sketched an Eastern Collared Lizard, and the ink didn't do it justice: however, this is a preliminary 'get-to-know-you' drawing in anticipation of a painting I have in my mind. I want to break away from my usual high detail painting and do something flamboyant. Lots of color and a bit of texture, large canvas and fun, fun, fun!
Posted by Rose Altom at 4:07 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I have LEANED on my art the last few weeks, something that I have never done before. There have been many tumultuous times in my life when I have been unable to focus on the creative side. My daughter once asked me why I couldn't paint during those difficult times, releasing the anger, fear or grief into that emotional medium. I told her then that I couldn't paint unless I was at peace...I was wrong! I simply didn't know how to express those feelings. I didn't think I had it in me. Experience is teaching me otherwise.
I am finding new joy in painting my way through my emotions. I have a million and one ideas bombarding me right now, begging to become emotion personified. I can't explain why I have been pushing my emotions down into a tiny place inside me, but I feel as if there is a butterfly trying to break free, and if I am brave enough, you might just see a whole lot more of my creativity soon. I am excited! I have a feeling of anticipation, like something new and joyous is about to happen. I can hardly wait!
Posted by Rose Altom at 10:27 PM
Saturday, April 2, 2011
After several days of intense study (remember I am NOT tech savvy!) I figured out how to download a picture on this alien computer. I am really proud of this painting! It is a departure from some of my more somber paintings, and it is a lot looser in style. I had loads of fun trying to get that luminous quality that irises have, and I wanted a joyful emotion to shine through. It is a small canvas...5"X5", and I turned it on an angle to get the most height and more, to look at it in a different way. As a child, we are open to tipping our heads sideways, and turning upsidedown to look at things with a new perspective. I wanted that childlike quality of seeing with this painting.
Posted by Rose Altom at 7:17 PM