It’s cold today with a snow cover on the ground that came from storms and squalls over the last few weeks. The last snow fell on Tuesday. We got about 4 inches or so and instead of hauling out my snowblower I just left the snow sitting on my driveway. Shameful. In my defense, I did shovel the sidewalk and porch steps. Primarily because I didn’t want to get snow in my socks but give me kudos for at least doing that.
Today though might be the day to get things cleaned up a bit inside and out. I’ve got a load of laundry in the washer, Old Dominion on the stereo repeating “One Man Band” (love this song) and eventually I will motivate outside into the 7 degree temps to finally clean up the driveway. But for now I’m all about another cup of coffee and spending a little time in my art spot with pencil in hand or maybe a paint brush or maybe both.
As far back as I can remember I’ve loved to draw. I used charcoal pencils for a long time but these days I primarily use a variety of H and B pencils. My technique is a layering and building process much like my watercolor process. I suppose the reason for that is my tendency toward caution. Some artists are bold in their style with splashy brush strokes and pencil work using a variety of marks. But me… I’m more tentative. Perhaps if I practiced everyday I’d become more confident but then again maybe I’d draw and paint just the way I do now.
I believe that each of us is born with a unique style and mine has emerged over time. My style just is and I’m grateful for it. I enjoy pulling together details and making things look like they do. I have explored some abstract type watercolors by trying to paint deep space and I admit it was freeing, great fun and I’ll probably do it again but ultimately I’m back to painting and drawing the way that I do.
The little Chickadee drawing here was inspired from a photograph I took some time ago. I had a bird feeder right near my window and so the birds would come close… really close. I snapped a few pictures and this little Chickadee drawing is the result. Again, my style is a building and layering and what’s more I enjoy the process of building and layering. When I’m engaged in drawing I escape into the process, time doesn’t exist and the drawing takes on a life of its own. I love that about art and creativity. We can go there and our art meets us with open arms providing a place to land where disappointments and loneliness don’t exist.