Northern Passage

Fiddled around and inked up another artist card landscape drawing. Hope the crane is noticable. 😊

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Western Gate

Legend has it Lao Tzu disappeared through the Western Gate leaving behind only a scroll of 5000 characters of mystical aphorisms later compiled into what is now called the Tao Te Ching, the foundational text of Taoist philosophy.

This artist card I’ve inked was inspired by that legend. Doing landscape pointillism drawings that are reminiscent of Chinese brush paintings is something that’s been on my artistic “to-do” list for about a year now. So while taking a break from my Peacock drawing for the evening, I decided to give it a go. How do you think I faired on my first attempt?

Distractions

“If you chase two rabbits both will escape.”

Confession: Sitting down to do my art is far more challenging then creating the art itself. Why is it so difficult to be a productive artist? Not a day goes by that I don’t promise myself that “Today is the day I’m going to really get some work done. I’m gonna sit here at this desk and really crank it out.” Yet 15 minutes into my work I find myself scrolling through my Twitter feed either giggling at cat videos or keeping tabs on public opinion on social issues. Who else is tempted by the lure of spending their free time binge watching a new Netflix series or Hulu original? I find myself at times racked with guilt that I may only get an hour of work done before I’m lured off into doing something else. My only balm to soothe me is the thought that maybe it’s not just me. Maybe this scourge of distraction and procrastination is the bane of all creatives and I’m not alone in my dilemma. Sometimes my ability to focus feels more like chasing dandelions in the wind.

Consistency

I’ve been thinking about the consistency of my work lately and although I still feel that I have a ways to go to having a consistent body of work, I’m seeing certain reoccurring themes and style in my drawings, particularly the female form, floral elements and things with wings with a subtle hint of surrealism here and there. I see that I’m particularly drawn to trying to express a certain softness and elegance with natural beauty, while trying to capture delicate details and subtle emotions. I suspect this trajectory I’m on in my work is partially influenced by the aesthetics and philosophy of Eastern cultures in my life, particularly Chinese and Japanese.

As I progress I realize I want my art to exhibit more than just my skills in pointillism. I recently had the pleasure of having a friend express to me that my drawing “Unfold” made her feel some sort of way. That’s when it clicked in me that that was what I wanted; people to feel some sort of way when they view my work. I understand that I may not be able to do that with every drawing because some pieces I do for the pleasure of an artistic challenge rather than effect. But if I can move some people some of the time with what I create, I’ll feel I’m moving in the right direction towards my goal of creating things that are a bit more moving.