Back in 2010 a friend of ours, Becca J traveled to London, England to study there for a semester. Since Becca’s family and ours both lived in New London, Minnesota; both of us are artists, and Becca took private art lessons from me while she was growing up, we decided to write (as much as possible) a daily blog together - Becca from London and me from New London. We called it: ‘A Painting a Day, An Ocean Away.’ My kids were still in high school, so I didn’t always have time to draw, and Becca was busy studying, so it didn’t end up being the everyday thing we had envisioned, but we tried…
After all these years I have decided to revisit this drawing-a-day idea. I need to sharpen my drawing skills, and daily drawing is a good habit for any artistic person. Good drawing skills are the foundation of any creative, artistic adventure you are interested in. Since I want to be successful on this drawing journey, I decided to set out boundaries and guidelines for myself – after all, I am an artist and can get distracted, or even veer off on a totally new tangent without even looking back…
I decided to share these guidelines for you on both my blog and my website. I hope they will help you decide to take this adventure too. Here are some tips to get you started:
Feel free to post your drawings under the comments. I will be posting drawings from our Creating Art Together Group once a week for the next month.
Is it an art????
Well maybe not, but it sure can stir memories and creativity!!! It's that time of year again when farmers are out cutting alfalfa. Boy does that stir memories!!! Our neighbor was out cutting alfalfa yesterday. Such a wonderful smell. I grew up on a dairy farm and it brings back memories of hard, hot work and driving tractor. That part was fun! My dad told me he liked me to drive because I was the best, smoothest driver. He didn't like getting knocked off the wagon, I guess.
Smell and Creativity...
Studies have shown that certain smells can help stimulate your creativity. Apparently cinnamon and vanilla smells enhance creativity. I would guess any smell that brings back a great memory or emotion can get your creative juices going. As smell causes you to think about and feel great (or not so great) moments of the past it will influence your creative process. Your work will reflect the emotions you are feeling.
As a young artist, it was difficult for me to get beyond the feeling that people were reading my private emotions and stories in the art I created. When I would view one of my paintings, I would instantly feel the emotions I had while painting it - good or bad. It was embarrassing for me to show other people my work. As time went on and people commented on my work I became aware that they were having an emotional response to my work that didn't always reflect what mine had been. That is when I realized that people sensed my creative emotions and stories, but translated them into their own emotions and stories. I now enjoy hearing people comment on how my artwork makes them feel.
What are some smells that call up a memory for you? Here are some of mine...
This post was prompted by the smell of fresh cut alfalfa... I was reminded of a post from my 'A View from My Porch,' blog. You can check it out here...
This was my proposal for Traffic-Light Box Paintings. My proposal was chosen and is now at the corner of 19th Avenue and 1st Street in Willmar, MN.
Here's another old post from 2017 that never got posted!!!!!!!
A few weeks back my friend Joan and I were at the St. Cloud Art Crawl. I took some of my animal paintings. The above 'Mom and Lamb' painting were among them. I grew up on a farm, but we didn't have any sheep. My grandpa has some, but he lived down by Redwing and we didn't get down there often enough to do any work with them.
St. Cloud has a state college and during the art crawl the students come out for it, I guess for something different to do - some interested and some along for the ride. There was this one particular group with about 5 or 6 students. They milled around for a while and drank some free wine. I noticed one guy, looked like a farm boy, was looking at all my farm animal paintings. He told one of his friends to come and take a look at my 'Mom and Lamb' painting. The two of them stood in front of it and he said, 'That would never happen! The black face is dominant and you would never get a pure white lamb from her. The lamb would have some kind of dark spots on her.' That just made me smile at this 'farm girl's' cluelessness :) :) :)
As I told Joan the story I laughed at myself and she said, 'well, she's adopted!!!' So, now she's my adopted baby.
Jacob's spotted and striped sheep...
It reminds me of the Bible Story I learned about in Sunday School in Genesis 30:25-43 about Jacob's spotted and speckled sheep and goats. I thought about painting some spots on her, but decided I like the adopted Idea better... we as believers in Jesus Christ have been adopted by GOD into his family.
Here is a post from 2017 - Wow, do I get distracted sometimes and not finish what I've started!!! I decided to post it now so you can see the painting process. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.
I have been painting (watercolor) my second book, 'You Never Guess What I Saw...' and need a break. I was in the mood to paint some oils. Unfortunately, I decided to finish an older painting and ruined a whole painting :( :( :( To say the least, I was not happy! So, not to give up, I painted an oil painting of this baltimore oriole. I photographed the progress. Here it is...
Check out my new gallery page, 'Illustration.' I have completed the illustrating of 'Marshmallow Clouds and Candy Cane Trees,' written by Mary Lee Moore. It has been a fun and learning process. We are looking into self-publishing it, hopefully by the end of the summer. I'll keep you posted.
Hi. I have been a studio artist, art instructor and illustrator for the past 30 years
Check out my older blog...A View from My Porch.