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This week the United States of America celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday—a time when we’re encouraged to reflect on the things for which we are thankful. Human nature, being what it is, often keeps us more attentive to the negative versus the positive aspects of life. All we have to do is tune into the daily news to witness this fixation. This predilection to the negative may serve a profound purpose in encouraging us to strive for better, but when left unchecked over a period of time, can led to frustration and hopelessness. The same tendency to focus on the negative can affect creativity.
Today’s message comes from Mark Mehaffey, who wrote the following for Watercolor Artist (February 2013). He says that “when it comes to painting, most of us want to pick up our brushes and dive right in. That way of working is fun, but only occasionally will it result in a great painting. If you want your paintings to reach their full potential…
The “Pastel Pointers” column in the current issue of Pastel Journal discusses three methods that plein air pastelists can use to find inspiration in the studio when winter forces them indoors. However, the landscape artist still faces the challenge of being denied access to the literal scene, something the still life and portrait/figurative painter doesn’t have to contend with forced indoors. There are two approaches I use to deal with this situation.
“If you want to be an artist, you have no choice but to be driven,” proclaims colored pencil artist Megan Seiter. Just in case you missed the feature article by Naomi Ekperigin on Seiter’s work in Drawing magazine earlier this year (Winter 2013), here’s a snippet from it!