Time to be real and confess that I’m in the throes of a maddening, creative conundrum. I think it all began just before Christmas. I spent a week working on pencil dog portraits. I hadn’t worked in pencil for quite some time, so I found myself pretty nervous. Finn has a vision problem if you noticed the difference in his eyes. Here are the sweet pooches that I drew that week:
The following week I spent a painting on canvases for my amazing grandchildren. I don’t pretend to be much of a painter. I love to draw, but painting feels out of control to me! I managed to get them all done but didn’t have any drawing time that week. Here are the paintings I worked on:
DESARAY AND ALYSSA DECIDED ON LAVENDER AND AQUA FOR THEIR ROOM. THESE ARE SUCH PRETTY COLORS.
I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY COME UP WITH FOR THEIR BEDROOM DESIGN!
CAMERON IS OUR FOOTBALL PLAYER!
NATE IS OUR VIDEO GAME PLAYER!
LEAH LOVES DISNEY’S FROZEN!
RYDER LOVES DINOSAURS & GUNNER LOVES TRAINS!
Christmas came and went. It was a lovely day and so much fun! You should have seen all seven kids unwrapping their gifts at one time. It was hysterical! After our festivities were over, I planned to spend plenty of time drawing. I’m not sure exactly what happened to me, but a couple of weeks went by and I hardly drew at all. I stayed busy and didn’t worry much about my lack of creativity. I had signed up for a class that began on January 2 and I thought it would get me back on track. Here are the only two drawings I did after the holidays:
FRAMED TEAPOT WITH GRAPHICS
60’s VINTAGE COUTURE
FRAMED PIECE – VERSION ONE
FRAMED PIECE WITH GRAPHICS – VERSION TWO
Class began and I practically had to force myself to do the exercises. I really liked the teacher’s style of instructing but I wasn’t really getting into the assignments. I allowed myself to take off last week and draw in my normal style, medium and subjects that I enjoy. Slowly but surely, I feel that I’m beginning to work through my creative slump. I’m so grateful that I’m beginning to feel more like myself! Here is the last drawing that I worked on:
At least it’s a start! I know a few other artists who struggle from time to time with similar problems. I’m curious as to whether any of you ever find yourself unable to do something that you love. If so, how do you get over your writer’s block, artistic slump or any kind of creative trap? Let’s encourage one another!
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I bet you thought I forgot to use my spell check based on the title! Actually, this is the way skool is spelled in the UK where my online class is based. My drawing class was so much fun and tomorrow is the last day (insert sad face). Here are a few of the exercises we practiced:
This one would be cute to incorporate into a teen girl or boys birthday or graduation invitation!
I think this would make adorable note cards!
This one would be good to use for Father’s Day or guys’ birthday party invitations!
This one actually made it into the online student union weekly newsletter!
I’d love to do this one for a baby girl birth announcement or even make some wall art in a girl’s bedroom, spelling out her name.
I’m ready to begin putting some of these techniques into practice! Do you have any upcoming events that you need invitations made to suit your special day? Please leave a comment and give me your ideas and feedback!
Happy Labor Day!