Artistic Practice Update1 – Useful Testers
I have many an artistic practice update to share, maybe everyone’s doing this but we’ll see. It’s new to me anyway! I’m currently writing this “Week in Art” on a Friday night after a wild evening of Flour Pot Bakery’s Friday doughnuts and pasta! The binge eating is a direct result of my current business levels, during my full-time period at work and walking around 50 minutes there and back daily. I’ve needed to make better use of my free time, hence where my artistic practice updates are coming in handy for art that works harder for me. Number one has been making my colour tests on blank greeting cards, not only do I get a product I can possibly sell, gift and use afterward, but I can lay them out altogether and view colours. This lets me pick out the combinations with the right “feel” and look and carry on from there. Pages in a sketchbook, for me, don’t quite work with wet paint?
Artistic Practice Update 2 – More “mindless” sketchbook work
Update number 2 is getting back to a way of making sketchbook work and practice my figurative drawing by getting back into “mindless” sketching. Mindless meaning I try not to get bogged down by perfecting the form or look of a sketch, but rather enjoy the process of the pen moving around and sort of listen to music and “dance with my hands” if that makes sense? I feel I get a much better result if I’ve not concentrated or got too contrived about it. Plus I work really fast this way so can produce anything up to 15 sketches per night and have a lovely body of work to sort through for future paintings!
Artistic Practice Update 3 – Art in a bag…
A few weeks ago, work gave me this big waterproof zip up bag, gifts from other language schools or something like that! I’ve started using it like yet another grown up toy box and now it’s my “travel around the house art kit”. Basically, a few colour testers, some paint, my art tube and a pencil case for when I’m sat cross legged on the floor in whatever room and want to make something. Also, I am loving the opportunity to fill yet another bag with bits again.
Does anyone else have a fetish with arranging and rearranging their art supplies as if finding the perfect system for keeping paint will automatically induce production and artistic talent? I think I’m three, maybe four new art supply arrangments away from painting the Mona Lisa!