Sometimes life throws us curve balls. Recent unexpected surgery has grounded me and even tossed the proverbial artistic salad. There’s something about a forced break from whatever trend or rut one might be in (though it never felt like a rut!), but allows you to think, explore, try new things and find unexpected joys in the midst of discomfort, rearranged plans, etc.
It allows you to watch neighbors walk their dogs, try out new(old) art supplies, and find fresh inspiration from other artists. I absolutely LOVE Jerry Waese’s artwork, which I found on the fabulous site Urban Sketchers. When you are trying out a particular artist’s style, one must allow oneself to do so in his/her OWN manner…I think it is impossible to exactly copy them, since we are each so different from one another and that should be reflected in our art. I pulled out my Caran D’Ache neocolor II watercolor crayons, waterbrush, and pen, and I’ve had a ball observing out my window, working on faces, etc.
This will be a very portable way of carrying color around when I’m able to be out and about more. I love the combination of line and sketchy color. Jerry seems to use a liberal dose of black and then limits how many colors he uses. I seem to want to use lots of colors, even blended within the same area. Well, it is fun anyway. Check out his work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/waese/ perhaps you too will be inspired…at the very least you’ll be delighted by his drawings. Here’s a final sketch of one of my son’s friends eating pizza. I’m hoping to blog again sooner than this last patch of unexpected events. C’est la vie, n’est-ce pas?