I haven't been happy with my work lately, whether it is the chaos surrounding me, or the fact that the work hasn't felt fresh and new. Whatever the problem, I always go back to the basics when I am not happy, and for me, that is contour line drawing. It goes back to the essence of the subject. You are drawing on impressions and emotion rather than drawing what you 'see'. I drew these two blind contour line pieces last night, and looking at them today, I feel a bit more excitement to be an artist. They are filled with movement and interest. I saw a contour line drawing at the Rockabilly Festival this week in Selmer, TN. It left an image in my head that excited my imagination. The artist did a large contour image...16x20, of a man's face whose beard was twisted and turned into a bunch of grapes. The image was drawn in black ink, and then the grape beard was colored like stained glass in purples. Altogether a fun piece, and worth exploring. What do you, as artists or craftsmen, do when you are feeling stale and unfullfilled? The creative process is a tricky one. It always needs to be worked on and re-invented!