But today I will talk
about more art-making. Yes, I'm working with skill development in
art, which means that I am separating myself from the emotion of
whether it's good or bad art—in my case, paintings and sketches—and
just doing it.
Today I completed four
sketches in 45 minutes. Maybe it's fast; maybe it's slow. And because
I'm not studying under the strict tutelage of a regular art teacher,
I have no idea. The person who came to me while sketching was a
memory of a friend from school named Sally Carpenter. (Yes, I wrote
her complete name, because maybe one day she will contact me.) As for
drawing realistic images, I've seen few artists who could draw as
well as she. I remember watching her draw in the bone structure of a
hand, the metatarsals, the folds of the skin, and the realistic
fingernails. I particularly liked the square shape of the finger
nails. I was impressed then, and still am.
Many wonderful artists
have touched my life, as if to encourage me to pursue and persevere
in this craft. I remember this, so that if at times my confidence
wanes, I think “Yes, I can do this.” Anyone can do this. Half of
the lesson is to show up with a sketchpad and a pencil. The other
half is to allow your mind (the critical, competitive part) to take a
vacation to your favorite spot. In my case, that would be Portoroz,
Slovenia... Whenever I ask for peace, I remember a special day with a
special friend, walking along the shores of the Adriatic Sea at dusk.
And then everything is alright again. My drawings start to flow on to
the page, and I don't care if they don't look like the subjects. I'm
less “hard” on myself, and this feels good. And with this
happier feeling, discipline for art-making will come easier and will help. Dearest
wishes to you and yours!
In : The Spiritual Life
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