I’m currently experiencing a ‘down’ phase with art – Art can be therapeutic but it can also be destructive; the frustration that a piece isn’t how I envisioned, that something is not quite right, can really set me off. Learning how to cope and compromise with mistakes is something that is a real test at the best of times for all of us!
I’ve found expression recently through portraiture. I’m not good with words. I’m not good with expressing myself, particularly to people I’m close to. But I always feel a picture speaks a thousand words, words that right now aren’t coming to me.
Sometimes we need to do something very different – I personally went into my local art shop and on the spur of the moment I bought beautiful tinted paper (only £7!!!) and white and cream colour pencils.
My advice to those of you struggling to find inspiration – stop, take some time, think about who you are and what you want to see on paper. I see a lot of people saying to watch this video on anatomy, and that book on technique and while they are all good and worthwhile videos/books/websites and interesting you must find in yourself the power to create art. These resources are amazing for technique but draw whatever you want. If it looks a bit funky, then resort back to your material but stop worrying.
Also…push yourself, try something new, be free; but remember to take time out to reflect. Too little self-reflection and introspection are present in today’s world, it’s so easy to blame someone or to write something off for later. 10 minutes a day of thinking about who you are and what you want is extremely liberating (or at least it has been for me!)
For my next blog post I’m hoping to do some explanation of portraiture and my approach to it, if that seems like an interesting topic or if you would rather see something else, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!
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