Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture.
It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis.
Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series. However it is taking a while. And, when it is drying between layers, I work on other things.
Back to the small studies. I can get so much enjoyment out of doing the small studies. Plus, although it may not look it, I do feel as though I’m getting somewhere. Put a different way, I am making progress on my drawing skills and how I like to compose and think about my art.
And, you might notice, I am using different media: ink on paper; colored pencil on toned paper; and Procreate App with my iPadPro.
The Beauty Of Making Something.
I was recently reminded that when you ask four year olds see things differently. To explain, when you ask them what they’re doing when they are drawing or painting, more than likely they’ll say they are making something.
And, a child making a picture will probably not be worrying about whether or not their painting will get into a juried show, or sell, or be in a museum, or the myriad of other things grown up artists worry about.
Making Or Creating.
I think the distinction between “making something” and “creating art” is interesting and revealing. Think about it. Sometimes it is just nice to make a picture rather than worry about painting a piece of art. “Art”, at least to me, is loaded with expectations of creativity, skill and meaning. Oddly enough, it can be an onerous challenge.
Just making a picture of a broken seashell is more liberating. I can investigate, play and stop when I want to. It can come out good or terrible; who cares? The time spent making the picture is a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor.
Patience And Practice.
Recently, I also remembered that getting good at making something takes practice and patience. So, these small studies are my way of learning and practicing my craft.
In any case, I hope you enjoy my broken seashells.