Saturday, October 22, 2011

What's in My Sketchbook?

Sorry for missing last week's sketchbook page ...

Got too many things on the plate ... and each one of them was fighting for my attention and energy ...it's always the creative projects which got put at the back burner ...

Another try of using acrylic washes to sketch / paint a rose.  A very time consuming process for a very small work (A5 size).  But I loved the fact that I was able to lose myself completely in the process and got away from the human problems for awhile.

(Apologize for the poor quality of the pix.  Haven't been able to catch a sunny day for a better shot!)


20111006 Rose CU

20111006 Rose CU 2

20111006 Art Tools


Now what else could I share with you of my creative venture?

I've got lots of things brewing in my mind, but it all comes down to master the required skills to make it happens.  This is where I'm experiencing the most frustration!

I remember an advice I read years ago from an art blog.  (sorry can't remember the blog name ...)  The art blogger encourages all creatives NOT to give up on any one of their ideas, especially those one which makes your spine tingle or your skin crawls with strange sensation.  Record it in crude sketches, jot it down as note or create a file in your computer to store it.

You might not have the skill to "materialize" it now,  but if you continue to learn and practice.  The day will come when you're ready for your BIG work.

No great creative work is done in a day.  Over time, ideas grow, evolve and so are your skills.  It will then be your time to do the work you're meant to do.  The work that only you could do.

This is what I'm hanging onto right now so that I could still sketch and paint. 

Cheers and wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

(The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday - hosted by Eva and Kristin.  All are welcomed!  Do join in to share and support each other!)

23 comments:

Cameron said...

A very pretty rose! It looks like acrylic washes are working for you!
....and such an inspirational, hopeful post, as well...

I love that you keep striving and reaching and creating!
This world would not be the same if J ever decided to throw in the towel...
You are the most tenacious person I know in Blogland :D

Biggest Hugs, my friend!
Cam

Joni Nickrent said...

soft and subtle...love it! POP ART MINIS

Catherine Denton said...

Love this! It jumps off the page and I like the little dots scattered around--gives it a great finish.
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NatashaMay said...

I absolutely love that rose! Wow! You made it perfect!

Lesley said...

I've not tried acrylic washes - this is totally gorgeous. A perfect rose.Lovely!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome rose and very gently done ~ LOve it! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey)

SHERI C said...

Lovely work and photography...as always. I love using my micron pens with watercolor as well. Wishing all your artisitc dreams to come to life! Happy PPF!

Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors said...

ah, I love how you put the rose in space. Nice!!

carlarey said...

Wonderful rose, love how you added the two loose petals at the top of the page.

We are in the same place artistically. There is so much I am yearning to do, but have to creep forward one brush stroke, one pen scratch at a time.

Diana Evans said...

oh what a beautiful rose!!! wonderful work !!!!

Netty said...

Gorgeous painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

Evelyn said...

Such a beautiful page. You always photography you images nicely. ps. great advice.

Happy Weekend, Ev

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I really like that you put time into how you position your work for being photographed as it shows that you care about it in all its forms... I love that and you your rose is quite wonderful... I love the mixed media approach happy PPF xx

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Very sweet! And thanks for your reminders about creativity- I try to keep a notebook with ideas so i won't forget! Patsy from
HeARTworks

hastingshall2 said...

fantastic flower painting!

Her Speak said...

I really enjoy the quietness of the petal vignette. :) Lovely!

Carol said...

Beautiful rose!1 Now I'm going to have to add acrylic washes to my "have to r\try list" !

creatingme said...

Gorgeous!!!

Christine said...

your flower is so beautiful, the pink is lovely.

Janet said...

Your rose is beautiful! I like the way you also did the petals in a separate box/area.

EVA said...

The rose turned out beautifully! Love it!!


That sounds like great advice to follow. :)

Yvonne said...

What a beautiful rose! And that first photo is so light-filled again, I love it!

Ow yes - getting your skills to match your vision... Brings to mind an Ira Glass quote about beginners that I've happened upon twice recently! It's too long to reproduce here, but he's talking about how your good taste is what got you into creating and how it can be the reason why you're disappointed in what you make. It doesn't quite match your good taste, YET... The message is, of course, stay with it :)

I love your work!

Denni said...

Well done, that is one beautiful rose! Inspiring post too. Always love to see your work.