Saw this work by an artist who does police sketches of literary characters. My reasoning brain said “cool idea,” but my visceral imagination said “not even close to what I pictured that character to look like.” So my new bended yeti art project is now in direct response to this police sketch fugnut blackening my inner eye.
Back to visual art after a foray into verbal art (i.e. rapid active writing) for a time. I started back into drawing by doing short bursts of quick drawing on the iPad on a trip down to Tigard for a baby shower. Was surprisingly loose and not fussing over details, just goofing around doing some quick sketches of animal faces.
Got some passion back there and some essence. If you were stuck on an island, with all necessities provided and the people you love with you too, what is it you would do with your time? I would doodle, draw, paint, collage, make prints, snap photos, etc.
I Ching tells me this:
"The weight of the great bears heavily. We can meet the challenge by remaining detached and letting things go through their changes. We can be content to let our way of life penetrate slowly, without pressure, explaining or demonstrating, allowing healing and attraction to occur naturally. To be truly rich is to remain modest; to be truly powerful is to remain reticent. This is what it means to achieve real superiority over the situation."
Switched artistic modes from the visual to the written word for a bit. I’m trying to crank out at least two pages a day. If you want to try it, here’s how it works:
Set a goal for the number of words you want to write per session.
Use a wireless keyboard, turn your computer monitor off, or otherwise prevent yourself from being able to see or edit what you’re writing. This step is necessary so that you can write rapidly without stopping to correct or edit.
Make sure your friends and family understand that you’ll be writing for this chunk of time and that you need to write to your goal without interruption.
Write actively. Make things happen in your writing. Most importantly, vent your passions, entertain yourself, surprise yourself. I find that the best principles for this can be found in the work of Keith Johnstone, author of Impro.