Is it possible, while still working full-time, to spend time every day on a creative project? For years, I asked myself that question and yet seemed unable to establish a daily rhythm that would make my dream possible. Yet, painting or drawing once in a while...
I was talking to a seasoned artist yesterday who reminded me that art would always be there for me. Our conversation revolved around the topic of making a living and finding time for the art we so enjoy. It's both very simple and complex; you just...
Interlude (n.): an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event: intervalWinter has been stretching our patience, testing our limits. It has been both intervening and interruptive (see definition above). While looking through the window at another snowfall, I enjoyed a moment of quiet creativity, a winter interlude. A well-known Quebec singer-songwriter, Gilles Vigeault wrote:
Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver. (Translation: my country is not a country, it's winter.)This was the starting point of this small project. A few dictionary pages, cardboard and an accordion fold. I enjoy the simplicity of small accordion books. Anyone can make one and the creative possibilities are endless.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. -- Maya Angelou
It's as if I have been given a blank canvas, new art material and a different palette. It's exciting and unsettling all at once.Most of us have noticed that when it comes to experiencing novelty, we are met with resistance. It sounds like that little voice that tells you that it's too difficult, it will take too much time, the circumstances aren't right, etc.
Do one thing every day that scares you. -- Eleanor RooseveltIt doesn't have to be a big thing that's scares you, but just enough to push you out of your comfort zone. I've chosen sketching. I'm really enjoying these peaceful moments. As if I was meditating, the world around me fades away as I focus on the lines and contours of the building or scene before me. San Sebastian Church, the western limit of historical Cuenca You'll notice some writing in the background of the above sketch. To me, sketching is an exercise. If I am not satisfied with what I've done before, the page may be covered over by another drawing, painting or some writing.