So today is a starting out to be a dibble dabble day. One of those days where it’s just hard to settle your mind down long enough to really dig into any one project.
I started out scribbling chalk over the back of a preliminary sketch I did for a larger project I want to do.
Then I put that aside and refreshed my coffee, walked away, let my pups outside, said morning to a few friends on FB. Grabbed a piece of copy paper and began sketching a face.
Was not liking that so I returned to my chalked paper and taped it in place, tested the transfer to ensure the yellow chalk I used would work. Walked to my computer then right back to the taped sketch and began the actual transferring process, finished that, took the transfer sketch off then back to sketch on paper again. Still not liking the sketch, I sighed and walked away from it. Took a bubble bath to hopefully relax my scattered thoughts.
Then Refreshed my coffee again and back to my computer, opened up MS Word and here I now sit typing this blog entry.
I have come to the conclusion that part of this dibble dabble is the result of me starting a project I have never tried before. It’s not an unfamiliar medium, it’s simply on a larger scale than I have done before. So a bit of my dibbles are unsurety of how to move forward with it. Of course there is always other life circumstances that enter into the mix which add to this dibble dabble mindset, on top of our projects, that tend to add to the scattered thought processes.
This might be a good day for an abstract of some sort… *giggle* Dibble… Dibble… Dabble… Dabble..
Do you have days like this? If so what helps you to refocus and settle your mindset? Would love to hear your thoughts on Dibble Dabble days.
Hugs & Love – Ranae’
I cannot tell you how many times I have about given up on my art pieces. As a matter of fact, I can pretty much promise you that 90% of my finished pieces almost wound up incinerated at some point. However, I was able to turn them into works I am very pleased with, and often times even find myself saying, “Wow, this is my favorite piece!”
Trust me when I tell you every artist goes through this, no matter how long they have been at their craft. That is what I am experiencing today on this piece. I am not at all happy with her hair. It is nowhere close to what I want or envisioned. I tried to fix it and it looks even worse to me now. We all go through certain stages in the creative process. I will share with you those stages as I see them.
- Inspiration – You have the idea in your mind and are giddy to get started, it’s the perfect picture in your mind and the project speaks to your heart.
- Excitement – You begin organizing your process, maybe gathering up all the tools you will be needing, setting it to paper in a rough sketch or outlining the idea.
- Nerves – Then you sit and stare at your paper or canvas for what seems like an eternity. Doubts and Fears try to creep in, but you persevere and begin. Your initial sketch turns out pretty well and again you feel that tinge of excitement. “I can do this!”
- Anxiety and the ugly stage – You have now begun the next steps, adding color, depth, embellishing etc. and it hits you. Nothing seems to look right anymore. You find yourself ready to give up and toss it into the bin. It seems like the more you try to fix it the uglier it becomes and you are moving back and forth between feelings of frustration, anger and defeat.
DO NOT THROW IT AWAY!
DO NOT SCRIBBLE ALL OVER IT!
DO NOT TEAR IT INTO CONFETTI!
No I mean like walk away right NOW!
Put the piece to the side, somewhere you can still see it but it is not right in your face. Gather up your tools and put them together in a drawer or something. Someplace it is not going to be easy to quickly pick them up and add even more.
Good!! Now relax and start on something else, or go read, for a walk, whatever other project’s you enjoy. Because the next stage in the process is going to be…
- Revelation – At some point you will return to the piece, look at it and suddenly see it in a brand new light. The idea’s will start popping in your mind again and that stumbling block you tripped over is going to look like a tiny little pebble. Now return to it!
- Skill – This is when your true skill and creativity will shine through. You will turn what you thought of as mistakes into creative opportunities and you will find that renewed sense of pride and more importantly “FUN”!
I am at the put it away stage, where I will remain until my revelation comes!
So don’t feel like a failure, don’t give up and don’t think you are not an artist just because you’re stuck at the ugly stage. If anything the fact that you are there proves you are an artist, if you weren’t you would not have even gotten that far!
Stay tuned to see my revelation result’s. I am positive they will come at some point. In the meantime…
Hugs & Love – Ranae’
I am so excited to be able to finally share with everyone, that I decided to show you what I am currently working on. This piece is Mixed Media and was inspired by tutorials I had taken by the talented Megan K. Suarez. If you have not checked out her tutorials and works, I highly recommend that you stop by. She takes you step by step from the drawing process all the way through to the final steps and is very easy to follow along with. She also used various mediums, including Copic Markers and Acrylics. I will post links to her site and Facebook at the end of this message.
Mine is being done using the following supplies:
- Copy paper for original sketch
- Mechanical Pencil & Eraser
- Saral Wax Free Transfer Paper
- Arches Grain Satin Hot Pressed 140 lb Watercolor Paper
- Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
- Golden Fluid Acrylics
- Golden Fluid Interference Acrylic
- Copic Liner Pen
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Paper
- Golden Gel Medium
- Simply Simmons Acrylic Brushes
In the future I hope to do some step by steps for you on some of my projects, and eventually some YouTube videos. In the meantime I wanted to at least share what I am using.
I am in love with Sugar Skulls, they are so much fun to create and have that whimsical side that really moves me. It will be interesting to see how my version of them develops over time.
This piece does not have a name, so if you have a suggestion let me know. I would love to hear your input and ideas.
Be sure to check out Megan’s site and Facebook Page, I have them listed below. In the meantime, “Keep Art in Your Heart” Hugs & Love – Ranae’
Megans Site – Click Here
Megans Facebook – Click Here