I don't know how it happened, but it did...I hit a wall. Lately I have fallen into a drawing slump and for the life of me I could not manage to come up with anything I felt like drawing. My beloved pencils were gathering dust.....
That's never happened to me before, I normally have plenty of ideas stacked up in my head, waiting to get started on. That in itself can be a problem, as sometimes too many ideas can be overwhelming, especially as there's just never enough time to make them all happen. But not having anything to get me going.....no, that's a MUCH worse prospect!
As you know my last piece was the Fantail drawing,
my favourite piece to date (and yes, I do tend to always love the last piece best). I became so absorbed in this work that when it was finished I felt a little bit at a loss, and decided I needed a break. Just a little bit of space between finishing something I loved, and starting something new that would also require all my love and attention - I guess I wasn't ready to do that to the Fantail! So, thinking that a day or two would do the trick, I put my pencils and pens away and picked up a good book instead, and thought no more of what my next project would be.
But two days soon turned into a week, then two weeks, and then a month. I wasn't concerned, I kept expecting the next project to present itself any time now and off I would go, head first into being happily absorbed in my next drawing. At six weeks, I became a little bit agitated, no ideas had presented themselves, and I began to think they never would. I soon realised that I would need to actively look for some inspiration, but even doing that felt difficult, I didn't really know where to start. What did I WANT to draw? What if I started something and then got bored with it because it wasn't really me?
So for the first time I had to start thinking about what it is that makes me want to draw. What is it that I see in something that compels me to reproduce it in my own way, that will totally absorb me and keep my passion alive? To be honest, I'm still figuring that out, but at least I'm asking the question instead of just blindly diving in. I expect it's all part of finding my "own voice", and other such artistic clichés, (sorry, it all sounds a bit ARTY FARTY I know!).
In the meantime I still needed to find some actual real, cold hard INSPIRATION!
So I cleaned up my studio (studio makeover plans are now brewing, along with everything else!). I found old sketch books, artistic journals, unfinished pieces, forgotten materials. All great for getting the juices flowing, but I still didn't hit on the one idea that would get me to start an actual drawing. Next port of call, trawl through all the photos on my phone and computer, got to be something in there that will inspire me. And sure enough.....
.....and so have started this:
And why, you may ask? They are, after all, just a pair of shoes. Answer: Because I love these shoes; I love the way they look in the box, as well as on my feet. I love that they are the highest heels I have ever owned, and the way they make my calves look great when I wear them. I even kind of love the way they torture my feet, and that I wear them anyway, if I have the opportunity. They are beautiful and I want to draw them, it's that simple.
So that is how I have gotten out of my drawing slump, by finding something I love and that I will love drawing. Sigh of relief...the world just does not feel right to me if I don't have a drawing on the go. So for now, all is right with the world again. Or at least my little corner of it...
ps I love to hear your feedback; have you ever had a creative block or fallen into a slump? If so, how did you deal with it? Would love to hear your story.....
The exhibition is over, but someone will have the chance to bid for the Fantail piece this Saturday, at the Mornington School Fair!
We are raising money for new equipment for the children, so really hoping it goes for a good price. We have lots of other great auction items as well, something to tickle everyone's fancy I'd say.
If you're interested come along this Saturday 14 September 2013, to Mornington School, Elgin Road, Dunedin - the fair starts at 11 am, with the auction to commence @ 12.30. All the auction items can be viewed at the fair prior the auction start.
Plus there are tons of other bargains to be had, so hope to see you there :)
Yes! Fantail has been accepted in to Edinburgh Realty Art Awards!! Opening Night is this Friday 2 August, exhibition open to the public from this Saturday until Sunday 1 September. I am super-excited, put so much work into this one, it feels great to know it will be hanging on the wall along with a whole bunch of fantastic art by some pretty darn good artists! Yay for my little coloured pencil piece!
All done and off to the framers! Entry form submitted, framers have promised to have it all done before the end of next week. So my home is fantail-less at the moment, I miss it! Another labour of love for me, hours of working on it and peering at it, now there's just a space on the wall where it normally resides. So am very much looking forward to getting it back all safely framed. Will only have it for a day or two though before it's off again, on it's way to trying to be accepted into the Edinburgh Realty Exhibition....