I am swallowed up in images these days. I could blame it on Pixie Campbell’s Visual Quest course, although I am not following her instructions, not exactly. I could blame it on Lisa de St. Croix, as I was a guest at her beautiful Santa Fe home last weekend, surrounded by her gorgeous paintings hanging on the walls.
I could blame it on the luscious colors of Taos and Santa Fe, and the artwork I saw in museums and galleries while I was there, especially the O’Keeffe museum.
Whatever the reason, I find myself falling deeply in love with color, form, and texture once again. I’m sorting my colored pencils, for crying out loud! Sketching clouds, and playing with canvas and paint. (It’s been a very long dry spell. I’ve completed no new artwork since the Elder of the Scar Clan in November 2011.)
I’m applying some of the lessons on writing I learned from Jen Louden at the writers’ retreat to making art. For example: Lower your standards! Let’s hear it for the crappy first draft! Perfection is the enemy of productivity. Just start, get it out on paper, and refine later.
This applies to artwork as well as to writing.
I don’t have to hit it out of the ballpark every single time.
What a relief! The pressure is off.
So I’m going to get back to the easel now. I’m going to swim in line, form, texture, and color.
Catch you later!