In honor of Halloween I sketched out this little gal this morning...with her pet crow of course. Who doesn’t love witches and crows around Halloween time? Charcoal is the perfect medium to use for dark, spooky drawings. It can be heavy yet soft, fluid, and adds a hint of whimsy to just about anything. I like the finished drawings because they often look like a dream.
I also love charcoal because it’s very forgiving in the sense that if you mess up, you can just wipe it out quickly and keep going. It gives you room to make many mistakes without having to start completely over. Woah, think about that as it relates to life....mind-blown!
This Halloween I invite you to do something that scares you, become someone else for a night, or just eat a lot of candy! Enjoy these moments and holidays because they go by fast. Happy Halloween everyone!
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One of the most difficult aspects of being an artist is when to consider an art piece finished. I can work on something for a day, a month, and sometimes a year or longer. Certain artworks tell you when they’re done, but most can be reworked over and over again, and they can drive you absolutely bonkers.
Last week I sketched out this piece with charcoal onto a giant canvas (48”W x 30”H) with the intention of painting it sometime in the near future. I was sitting with my friends last night having a drink at Mordecai, and they asked me if I was working on anything new, so I showed them my very early stage of this painting. To my surprise they both thought that it looked finished!
This week I ask for your help and honest feedback. Does this look like a finished piece of artwork? Could you see this in a gallery, bar, or restaurant as is? Please comment to your liking and don’t hold back. Don’t worry, we artists are used to constant criticism which is probably why we are so often closed off from the rest of society, ha! But that’s a story for another day;)
Andy Warhol once said, “The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will.” As an artist I am constantly pushing the creative side of my brain. I often struggle with the idea of creating something original. I think to myself, what does that really mean? Don’t all ideas come from something, someone, or somewhere that already exists?
But what I’ve realized is that everything about me is unique. The way I think, the ideas that I come up with, and especially the way my hand touches the canvas. Yes my thoughts may stem from a new artist I’ve recently discovered, or from a story that inspired me, or an experience that I had, but ultimately what comes out on canvas is absolutely mine. It is my distinctive interpretation of a moment or idea.
Keeping the creative process in mind, I thought today that I would share with you the beginning of a new project. When summer is over and that first chill comes into the air, I love to go into those deep sleeps. You know the ones, where you wake up completely rested and feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. And so I began by taking photos, and sketching out a figure drawing onto this ginormous canvas that I bought on a whim last week. I can already imagine what it will look like when I’m done (although it rarely turns out that way).
I guess the point of this week’s story is that I hope you understand that everything about YOU is unique as well! There is no one else exactly like you, and that in itself makes your ideas, your thoughts, and your creativity your own. The sum of it is that unless you share it with others, it stays locked up forever in your head and eventually forgotten. Share your thoughts, share your opinions, and most of all, share your creativity with others. It is what makes us human and ultimately what inspires us to feel, to innovate, and to grow intellectually and emotionally.
Stories about how art inspires and changes us.