Monday, January 13, 2014

Bullied by the Blank Page

I've read that even the greatest artists had felt intimidated by a big blank canvas at some point in their creative lives. I am no artist and have felt intimidated by every blank page. I've tried using small sketch books so that big blank page wouldn't be as scary. That only helped a tiny bit so the staring at the blank pages continued. I am doing a lot of work digitally and that helped because erasing is not so messy and I don't feel like I am wasting a lot of paper. But that blank new file/screen still manages to intimidate.
I was cleaning out some old shelves over the holidays. It's amazing how much stuff has been sitting around. I threw away a couple garbage bags full and donated another couple of bags. Even after all that there were still quite a bit I kept. Among the things I kept was small stack of old note books. They were half used or barely used lined note books from the kids. I wasn't sure about giving them away, so I thought I will keep them and see if it will help get over that intimidating feeling since they are old and lined. So if I messed up, who cares.
Another thing that's been sitting around are ball point pens because at one point that's what my daughter liked to draw with. I hated them even for writing. I preferred gel pen or those Pilot G2 pens. Even though I hated them I can't throw them away. So I started using it in the lined notebook.
Not much to show for but at least I am doing something with them.
From the Crate&Barrel catalog

Just Lips


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  1. great use of the pens, and i love the lips!! The blank page may intimidate you, but you are facing it and DRAWING something! That's the important thing. Bravo! xox

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging words Pauline.

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  2. I have trouble with the blank page sometimes and that is why I am more comfortable recycling old books and using them. your sketches are great, but your digital work really blows me away.

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    1. Thanks for the kinds words Vicki. My Mom left some books that she wanted to throw out because she didn't like them. Maybe one of these days I will paint over them like the way some of you do and see what that is like.

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