…and with a few waves of the hand the offending sketch had gone. Magic!
Charcoal is a wonderful medium for learning to draw: it’s relatively inexpensive; you don’t have to start with a blank white page; you can draw with both charcoal and erasers; and willow charcoal can be easily wiped away. You and your work area will get dusty, but that’s half the fun. I have no idea why it’s taken me this long to appreciate it.
If you’re beyond outlines and ready to tackle light and shadow I can recommend Clara Lieu’s YouTube series on drawing a charcoal portrait to get you started, no matter your subject; read my review here.
If my internet connection hadn’t failed on both the evening I finished and the following morning, I would have left my own charcoal still-life alone. The unusual disruption gave me pause to crit (and continue) my drawing for the Art Prof’s October Art Dare: Superstition, by adding my hand.
I love the tradition of superstitions, and “touch wood” is one my family often uses to repel fate or bad luck. There are a couple of clues to this hidden in my composition; can you spot them? Answers on a postcard…
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A medley of yellow plums in: [day 1] collage with pen and ink; [days 2-7] pencil; and [days 8-10] my own recipe of ‘ink’ topped with pencil and conté pastel. The beginning of a new daily drawing habit. Long may it…
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“When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”
James Clear – Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
With yet another turn of the calendar there aren’t many weeks left in 2017. 17 in fact. That’s 17 fresh starts. Or 17 opportunities to choose, act, repeat, if you’re developing a new weekly habit.
And I am.
Every week, I intend to complete one ‘sewing’ task. They will vary in magnitude, and distance from my current comfort zone. But by the end of the year I should have 17 more items to wear, and a new set of sewing skills under my belt. But it’s okay if I only complete one. As long as I turn up for weekly practice.
Oddly, I feel more comfortable problem-solving with fabric and trying out new (and often complex) sewing techniques, than I am drawing with pencil on paper. Yet there’s more at stake. Maybe it’s the way I’m looking at things; I’ll be asking myself about that while I’m mindfully sewing.
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I won! I actually won! (Woo hoo!)
So, what now? My long wait is over and I’m no longer frozen to the spot. But I’m still feeling the cold through my feet. It’s at this point I realise I’m going in the right direction, but I’m approaching it in the wrong way. I make small, progressive steps, then pause to look around me, even looking backwards. I’m hesitating about the next step, unsure of when to move. I feel off-balance, unsteady, like I need some additional support. Can I do this? Turning back feels like a choice, but that would only get me back to the start, and all those previous steps wouldn’t count.
My path is made of stepping stones. They have natural pauses and when you go too slowly you lose your flow. If you hesitate at the wrong moment, you stumble into the water, and your feet get cold and wet.
It’s far better to take quick, successive steps. That way you build momentum, and your sure-footedness increases with every stride.
Lesson 4: Hesitate on a path of stepping stones and you risk losing your balance. Keep a smooth, steady pace until you reach the other side, and only then pause for breath, reflect back and prepare for the next one.
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Against my better judgement, I had my logo design resolved by the time I’d driven home from work. But, as is often the case, there’s a huge difference between what I see in my head and what I create on the page (or computer screen). I’d committed all three of these brainstorming problems in the space of thirty minutes (and not for the first time either):
- I chose my first idea, and was absolutely certain it was going to work.
- I stayed stuck in my head, resolving the whole design during my drive home (which eliminated my anxiety).
- I ended my brainstorming prematurely (had I actually started?).
If you’re looking for a little brainstorming guidance, I can highly recommend this article by Art Prof Clara Lieu. She describes my own flawed brainstorming technique perfectly (although I’d take my ideas right through to the final evaluation without giving them any fresh air to germinate).
My first idea was based on a Venn diagram. It was to be a flower of random-shaped petals overlapping a circular centre. Pretty obvious? Thanks to Clara’s advice I jumped further and further away from that idea…
…and finished here…
Still no word on the winning logo, but in my mind I’ve already won. I tackled this design challenge with theory instead of emotion, and allowed it to reach its own natural conclusion.
Lesson 3: Dilute creative block by brainstorming your thoughts on paper, and nurturing them. They’ll suffocate if they’re kept hidden away inside your head.
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