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
Well here’s the result of card making bug that bit me this weekend. I suspect that this itch won’t be going away soon. Actually I got into card making about two years ago when I simply got fed up with going to the store and having to search through a plethora of cards just to find one that resonated with me for the special people in my life. So with a little creativity I started making my own just for friends and family. But now, here I am making my first set. It’s a simple “Thinking Of You” note card created from an original sketch I did a while back. I made this from a heavy cardstock base and added a little message inside. It’s something simple and sweet and great for those thoughtful moments without a lot of fuss. I’ve been coming up with more ideas for future sets but I have to admit, as simple as they look there’s a lot involved in making cards. My brain feels like it’s been stretched a mile but now I feel a bit more crafty and having some fun learning along the way. 😊
One pitfall you have to look out for when you’re a creative is always getting sidetracked by other ideas when you’re already in the middle of a current project. I’m still working on my honeybee for my Share The Earth series but I just got hit by a strong urge to make cards. So I’ve been working on some simple color schemes and thinking about something for Mother’s Day. This bug has been biting at me for three days so I just had to scratch it. Hopefully something wonderful comes out of it. In the meantime here’s some progress on “Honeybee”. I didn’t know that bees were so furry. 😊