Friday, March 20, 2009

Revisiting a past life

Lately I've picked up a few books that have caused me to pull out a very well-hidden side of me. Well, let me clarify that - it's well-hidden to the people who are "new" in my life. By new, I mean people who have met me within the past 15 years or so. (Yeah, really "new", aren't they?)

Why hidden, you ask? I really couldn't tell you! Perhaps it's just 'cuz the urge would come and go, and when it was there, I'd do it quietly and without any flourishes or grand ideas, then put away what I was working on. In fact, recently my husband asked, "Now you're drawing??" My response was "Yes, I've always enjoyed sketching." He said, "I haven't seen you do anything like that in the 14 years I've known you!" Yes, my past life included doing some sketching and drawing, playing with paints and pastels and charcoals. Eric's comment, however, got me thinking on why the break and sudden resurgence.

He's right, I really haven't done any drawing in the past 15 years or so, or when I did, I'd do a quick sketch or two and forget about it. As to why, again, not really sure. Could be that I've just been so wrapped up in what I want my life to be about that I forgot that creative side of myself, and playing with wire and beads has opened up that muse and she's a'screamin' at me for ignoring her for so long! And now, all I want to do is sketch, or twist wire around, hammer metal, play with pretty gemmies, and pull out watercolor pencils, acrylics, gel mediums, and just absorb all sorts of new techniques! It's so much fun, and I regret allowing my creative muse her hibernation....I don't think I'll allow her to do that again :)

Here's one of the first sketches I've done in way too long. I've never really felt comfortable drawing faces, because I always wanted them to be exact renditions of the subject. This time around, following the influence of artists like Kelly Rae Roberts, Paulette Insall, and Milliande , I've decided that doing faces in a more fanciful, wistful way is just as valid and way more my style. This sketch was done in pencil and watercolor pencil - I've decided that I still need to do a little bit of work on her, but I do like what I see so far! I also know that I need a lot more practice and my techniques need to be honed, but I'm pretty happy with this as a starting point! :)

1 comment:

teri said...

Your girl has such a pleasantly wistful look! I've been enjoying non-realistic drawing too - in a completely different way from other kinds of drawing.


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