After scribbling Mrs Lunden I shut my art book (alas, I don’t have the original as a reference) and took liberties – I figured neither Peter Paul nor Susanna are around to mount a Twitter protest . . . or sue me.
Sometimes wanting to be “perfect” stops me from finishing projects. I’m now too tired to strive for perfection. I figure it’s time to experiment and remove expectation to get my “spark” back.
I’m comfortable abstractly sloshing paint color around but “drawing” is another matter. Put a pencil or pen in my hand and I tighten both my grip and expectation.
With that in mind, I purposely held the pencil very loosely and literally scribbled“areas” rather than try to draw perfect lines. I didn’t bother trying to copy anything, look at any references, decide where the light was coming from or have a plan. I just scribbled. I like the looseness of the drawing and taking away expectation of being precise was enjoyable.
Maybe this is a good lesson to apply to other areas of my life . . .
judy’s journal – Scribbled and scratched in the face with pencil and pastel chalk
I’m either incredibly ego-centric or beginning to emergefrom my creative black hole because this is the first Spark assignment (self-portraits) that has “sparked” me. I’m also feeling a bit better – not great, but better – so my eyes are clearer, although a bit “chalky”, in this picture than my lastself-portrait.
It’s interesting (at least to me) that I’ve had a migraine-type headache behind one eye and I see it in both pictures. Of course, it could also mean I’m delusional and seeing things that aren’t there.
I smeared this journal page (literally) with acrylic paint. A figure emerged who I “helped out” with pastel chalk. It’s instant gratification since it only takes a few minutes and little thinking.
I prefer doing “spontaneous quickies” (don’t read more into that!) since I don’t have the focus and energy to do anything that takes much thought or time – not that I ever did.
It’s been a rough several months. I suspect that in order to flee all the snow in the Eastern United States my “Fibro-Fiend” needed a bit of sunshine so dropped in for a visit. It’s been sunny and warm here and she just won’t leave.
She’s a demanding house-guest and almost all my energy is spent focusing on her needs. She doesn’t have a very good sense of humor either and I have to find ways to amuse myself. I’ve not had the energy to participate in Year of the Spark so I revisited some old, EASY Carla Sonheim exercises looking for some spark.
Carla Sonheim is pairing up with Lynn Whipple for another year-long on-line class. This time the concentration is simply on having fun making art. It’s really timely for me right now. My spark is sputtering – not out, but definitely needs some kindling and a match.