I have been enjoying my summer as a taxi cab driver, a vacation lounger on my own front porch, a gardener, a tea drinker and a reader. Not much art in all of that, but I count most of this as inspiration for later. The kids are not kids for very long and I have learned an important lesson from the first two. Every story and conversation I have with them means something. When none of us remember the subject matter of these conversations, we will remember that we had them and how much we enjoyed them. I will never regret putting down my pencil, paintbrush or book to hear the happy sounds of laid back summer conversation. It is the honey on the biscuit!
I have read this cover to cover, but have yet to really dive in and do the exercises. I like the way it is written. It reminds me of The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity in the way it encourages you to explore the world you live in through writing practices. I am horrible about putting the book down and doing an exercise before continuing to read. My curiosity gets the best of me. I don't think it ruins anything in this book to do that.
I had every intention of starting the exercises as soon as I received the book, but the summer has been full of pleasant distractions. I am considering doing a series of exercises and thoughts on the book like I did with the New Earth Series.
I am still reading this book, but I have done some of the image streaming. Back in April, I came across some interesting links that eventually lead me to read the book. Even though most of the information is provided on Project Renaissance, I have a hard copy I can carry around with me and jot notes in the margins. Yes, I am one of THOSE people. If its non-fiction, I feel no shame in writing my books. I haven't done this yet, but I feel it coming. I have had some interesting results with the exercises I have tried and I look forward to trying out some of the problem solving ideas and variations.
I can see where this and "How to Think Like Leonardo daVinci" could work hand in hand. When I do decide to start up my notebook, I am going to include some of the ideas presented in this book as well.
Just in case I never make it to genius status with the other two books, I decided to get a back up plan!
This book has been on my wish list for a long time and for just a few extra dollars, after eliminating shipping costs, it finally became a reality. I am very glad I bought it. I have a feeling it is going to be one of those I keep on hand and refer to often as I try to improve my picture making. Its broken down into easily digested sections and has good examples of the concepts in each section. I am anxious to do a series of experiments, after reading this book.
We have to go on vacation in a week and shortly after we return, we will be having house guests. I think of this as recharging my inspiration battery. Normally, I would be grumbling about the lack of art time, but I feel like it is a waste of precious time to be grumbly instead of just enjoying what life brings you. If all I did was paint and draw, I would missing the whole reason an artist picks up an art tool. To feel. Maybe, just maybe, it will make a difference.
Art, books, Children, creative thinking, creativity, Education, Image-streaming, self help, visualization
Eternal Wait - I finally quit fidgeting with this one. It is #graphite on 8.5x11 smooth bristol board. It is nice to get something to a finish. No matter where I roam in media, graphite will always be my true love. I will be taking this to #Shakedown3 this weekend if you want to see it in person. #art #artist #drawingvia Instagram
Toxic - This is a journal entry before words are added.The topic of toxic people has been coming up in many discussions lately. This is how I think it would look if you could make a visual image. This started as a simple form study and ended up as this. #journal #art #artjournal #selfcare #toxicpeople #getitoutofmyheadvia Instagram
Number 3 in my quest to complete #inktober2017 I started with an ink wash and then used my Microns to accent the details. This is definitely an experiment worth repeating. It reminds me of the interior illustrations in books when I was a kid It is #ink on #watercolorpostcard #art #artist #drawing #illustrationvia Instagram