On a sunny November afternoon, I was gathering with friends for brunch and an excursion to Old City , Philadelphia to visit art galleries. It is always an adventure spending time with a creative bunch of woman, and talented artists. Inspired by the day, I created art around my observations.
What do books, artwork and a gnome with a broken foot have in common? Nothing! I am in search of inspiration in any form. I have been caught in a dust storm of sorts, a creative dry spell. I am finding ways to replenish thy soul, by doing the things I enjoy, like reading books from my favorite authors. It helps to know that this will pass, to be patient and to do the things that will fill my well of inspiration.
I would love your feedback. How do you cope with a creative dry spell?
Other books I enjoy reading when in need of inspiration:
I take comfort knowing I have an outlet for all the ideas, crazy thoughts positive & negative that occupies my mind. My first love is drawing, but I find I am writing more often and it feels like a good fit which I hope continues to grow.
So I wrote a letter… not a text message, or an email but a hand written note using paper and a pen.
I have a friend who enjoys writing letters, occasionally she will write to me. Feeling a spark of creativity on Sunday, I decided to finally reply to one of her letters, I included this sketch to adorn the front of my letter.
A lazy summer day, a box of art supplies an idea and a few fun hours spent being creative. A homemade wreath made from coffee filters, is a simple idea using a few supplies. From a distance you won’t notice this was made from coffee filters. My daughter had so much fun making this project.
All the supplies we used.
I decorated the filters with markers and my 7 year old used pencil crayon which created a softer look. After coloring the filters we layered two filters together using a dab of glue in the center of one filter and layered the other filter on top with a little scrunching it looked more like a flower.
I used an old square cork board, and thumb tacks to hold each flower in place. We began to place our finished flower filters (not being too neat) covering entire cork board, next we attached string to the back of cork board to be hung on the door.
The end result
The finishing touch – my daughter wrote the word summer in the center of the wreath. Now she has ideas for all the seasons and holidays, its never ending!
Is it the winter blues or is it just lackluster days, bringing me to want to hibernate till Spring. Not sure but my creativity is at a low making me feel off balance. So when I saw that bright yellow thing in the sky (the sun), and felt the warmer air, I thought it be a good day for a walk. Instead of the same walking routine, I decided to take it slow, with my camera in hand to take in nature around me. Stuff I might have normally missed, this is what I captured:
We have many huge trees in this part of the city.
Love the steeple and old houses
Hey that stone has hair.
What a slush mush, the only non shoveled sidewalk I encountered.
Tons of ivy not bothered by winter
My favorite, ornamental cabbage. I want a whole garden filled with these colorful leaves.
The past few weeks, I haven’t touched a brush or pencil to produce anything creative, though I have every intention to paint and draw, I just haven’t. But there was this little voice within me that just kept repeating, like a broken record, just pick up a brush, just paint something, anything.. Which happened every time i entered my art space.. So I just gave in one day, grabbed the first thing I saw, a foam board, acrylic paints and just started painting. No fussing, no thinking, just painted. And within the day produced this piece. Sometimes we have to please the small voice within.
Decided to sketch some while watching TV..
August came to an end.. so my last drawing for the month.
Well i bought a new set of oil pastels, was like a kid with a new toy. Same day I created a quick sketch.. goodbye august, you were a good month, a little too hot but very fun!.