I’m about two thirds of the way finished with my current elephant drawing. I’ve been rather distracted by life since starting this piece so I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to turn out but so far, it seems to be coming along this fine.
This past week I had my 46th birthday and for the first time I felt that creeping, gnawing sensation that I’m getting closer to 50 and time is slipping away from me. Mentally I don’t feel “old” but physically I’m reminded whenever I do a session of kickboxing.
Anyhoo, I’ve been at a loss as to what to title my current piece, so I’m turning to you lovely followers for suggestions. What do you think would be a good title for this piece? Feel free to leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments. ☺
So I asked all you lovely people which would you prefer to see drawn, a cheetah or an elephant? You said elephant and I’ve heeded your response. So this is where I’m at on the fourth and finally drawing to my “Share The Earth” series. Elephants are actually a joy for me to draw so I’m a little surprised this is only my fourth time doing so. I like to challenge myself and plus I don’t want to bore people with drawing the same thing over and over again. Yet I’ve always kind of wondered about artists who do draw or paint the same subject matter consistently. Do people stay interested in their work? Do they stay interested in their work? I would like to pose the question to you, do you like it when an artist generally draws the same subject matter or do you like it when an artist works on a variety of subjects? Feel free to share your thoughts below. ☺
I had finished this piece some time ago with all intentions on keeping it to myself. But yesterday I took a long look at all the work that is stacking up on my shelf that I’ve been keeping and decided it’s probably time to let some of these pieces go. They say a part of being an artist is learning to let go, so I’m letting go. Here and there you’ll see some old works becoming released into the wild.
Today I’m letting go of one my favorite and challenging pieces, “Peacock”, so that it can fly off to adorn a lovely new home.😌
“Everything you do won’t turn out to be a masterpiece.” That’s something I would tell to someone just beginning or well seasoned in making art. No matter how far along you get in your craft, some pieces just won’t turn out the way you imagined.
So here I’ve finished my honeybee drawing but I have to admit it’s not one of my better pieces. Halfway through I just got that feeling “Oh this is not going to be all that great.” This usually happens when my mind is elsewhere like on other ideas or when I get so wrapped up in trying to add in every detail to make things look as realistic as possible that it causes me anxiety. The latter was more or less the case with this piece. When I stray away from keeping a simplistic focus and start thinking “I gotta make this look like a bee.” my flow goes off course and I find myself just struggling to finish. Sometimes I can readjust and pull things off, sometimes I can’t. I’ve learned that my moments of artistic mastery don’t always flow in a linear fashion, where each piece is better than the one before. Instead it flows in a rather cyclical fashion. I’ll have periods where everything turns out great and then I’ll have moments where things are hit and miss. The key is to remember this and continue to work. So with that said I’m moving on to my next and final piece of my “Share The Earth” series which will be what many of you suggested, an elephant. 😊
“Honeybee” by Q. Rumbley