Sometimes I can’t sleep. I clean the studio. The mind keeps going. I let it run. A whole new project begins to develop this way.
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Hmmm, now you have me thinking…and wondering.
Well it’s always good to wonder a little about our tools and materials. Pick some of your favorite and make something this evening.
I have been trying a few new techniques/ways of approaching life drawing. New tools, new way of starting the drawing, new ways of thinking about the pose. I was ready for a bit of a change, I felt like I was in a a rut. I had been tackling each life drawing session the same way…time for a change. Still like my favourites but these new ideas are inspiring.
I’m still not able to go to life drawing, however when I did go, I had the following philosophy (it might help you): each day I got up and formed a plan of what I wanted to experiment with and come away with from the life drawing session. I’d limit my supplies accordingly to that plan, and have one comfort tool with me in case things went really sideways. If I was in the middle of a project that was daily and for a month, two, whatever, then I would deliberately pick tools and materials that had nothing to do with the project and so give myself at least a half day break. Or if I was in the middle of a project and it was hitting some sort of sticking point I would take only those project related materials to life drawing and work, with the live model to work out those issues I was having in the project. In this way I’ve never felt in a rut at all about going to life drawing. I’m always eager to pick up the bag I packed in the morning and to out the door. I have a small plan of action and appropriate expectations. It couldn’t be better. Well, actually it could be—where I go there is a large candy jar with Tootsie Rolls. They do a lot to remove any sense of being in a rut! Have fun setting your experiments and enjoying those life-drawing co-op experiences.
That is really valuable information. I can see how going in with a plan would be helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this.
I agree with Trudy. You have me thinking and wondering . . . and, somehow – you have given me Hope and Inspiration.
Right when Hope and Inspiration seems what is needed most of all.
love & love,
What a great solution to those ‘can’t sleep’ nights! I did once make the best ever Mother’s Day sketch at 4 in the morning, thinking I would hate the next day…(and didn’t care, either..just needed to draw SomeThing!) ..turns out I loved it the next day and made it into cards! I’ll have to try your solution more often 🙂
Only if you are already up OK Lorell, don’t give yourself a sleep problem!
Well Georgy I’m glad you found hope and inspiration in this. Take care. And do get some sleep. And don’t wonder too much about the project, it’s still exploration and I may be on another path…
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