Here is to doodling the way you did when you were a kid. Here’s to practice for the sake of practice. Here is to trusting your ideas. You can get on on that boat or better yet make your wings and fly among the midnight city lights. Entertain your ideas. Chances are your ideas may lead to nowhere but in nowwhere the right idea will always be there.
This weekend make some time to go for walk. Do a happy dance. Think good thoughts. Make art. Share it.
I was listening to a great podcast featuring Seth Godin and his latest book The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. It got me thinking yet again about yesterday’s post.
Yesterday I attempted to paint four lanterns. Lovely shades of blue and floral patterns. I didn’t have my usual quiet space but I needed practice. I speed painted the lanterns. They weren’t bad but weren’t good either. I knew I could paint better. I painted a flower.
Yes right on the other side of the folded up paper about to be trashed. I kept painting. Not the same lantern idea but a flower. And it was beautiful. This is the simple stuff I want to do more of.
After scanning and sketching I arrived at this pattern.
This is just the beginning. Cat Coq has a great tutorial and there’s a few of them on You tube as well. There is a simple techique to creating seamless patterns but all you need is practice. You keep creating, letting your eyes tell the story. Eventually your color and layout will get better.
The original idea was a fail. I picked up the brush and painted over it. Aside from the smeared white dots, it’s a total turnaround. Next time I can work on brighter peaches, oranges, and a little more blue in the leaves. A pink flower would have been great.
Oh yeah. This is one of those times where you get curious. Then curiosity leads you to an idea that was lingering but you didn’t know how to express it. Hot pink and an emerald green would have been beautiful. Oh I should create a pattern. Done. Right now there’s another pattern I need to digitize.
Tomorrow I will be working on the writing for 100 Ways to Flower With Power.
I have been wanting to lay out all of the paintings and sketches. To observe them and how they make me feel. I should lay them out across the floor and make a video. The flowers that wow me still do. They always will. The flowers that I was unsure of are still in question. Then there’s the new ideas. You should have done this. Wouldn’t it have been better to have a lighter pink. Or this technique with that technique. All the above. The doubt never goes away. You learn to work through it, inspite of it and because of it.
The beauty of 100 Ways To Flower With Power is that you can work on you, this allows you to just make art and that leads to play. Play is where magic happens. Wait a minute, I was writing on the topic of you for the book and I sat there writing and writing and I couldn’t write. Guess it was good to go for a walk. Or I just had to write. Okay back to the book
Have you ever layed out all of your sketches, drawings or paintings?