This commission definitely stretched and challenged me….it was one of those ‘I don’t think I can do this’ commissions when self doubt hits minutes after you have agreed to take on the commission!
First I dragged my feet…..then I basically hid my head in the sand by avoiding working on it. Then as the deadline loomed the commission whipped me into shape! I actually worked till 3am one very trying day!
But what a brilliant learning curve it was!!! Now I know the value of making ‘mock ups’!!!!!
I learnt a lot about myself though……I really love art and I’m very determined….(I need to stop doubting myself)
I’m knackered but I have had a very productive day in studio. I seriously need to pace myself though…to avoid burnout. Being in the studio erodes the concept of time….for me and I don’t remember to eat….I work nonstop…..one project seamlessly morphing into another…..almost as though I operate within a vacuum…a freeze frame of creativity. It is only when I get home do I realise just how knackered I am.
I start every single sketch with ‘oooo I don’t know….’ daunted by the blank page till I make the first mark. Then I want to put another mark. It’s like one step, then another….slowly creating more marks.
The trepidation is ok….healthy even….cos drawing is a learning process….teaching your eye to see. However your drawing turns out….celebrate it like I do….and keep practicing. Drawing is like playing ‘I spy…’ you become more aware.
Ever since the lockdown the RA have been posting doodle prompts on Twitter.
Recently I discovered the sketchaday app…..love it!
Take your time…don’t rush yourself….enjoy the mark making process. It is a journey….not a destination. (…simply had to throw in that cliche)
Really looking forward to my next art fair … ‘handmade at the Factory’ ….definitely has an interesting ring to it. Not very likely I would put the two together…. ‘handmade’ and ‘factory’. But it works!!! Handmade on a ginormous scale! Many artists and designers selling in the Factory over one weekend. I am ready for this most interesting experience.