I know some of you are reading this blog post with snow and cold outside your doorstep, but I am happy to be living in a warmer climate.
Even in Winter I can sit on my patio most days and draw in my sketchbook.
I have been posting my sketchbook pages on Instagram and Facebook with the words ART YOGA superimposed over the drawing. The hardest part of this ritual is taking a photograph of the drawing and seeing a mistake with my composition. Maybe the color is off or I have failed to fill in an enclosed shape with color. Sometimes there is not enough visual interest. I need to add texture or change the values.
There is a quote from Scott Adams “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Adams created the Dilbert character. Dilbert is an office worker surrounded by strange co workers, incompetent bosses and assigned to work on outrageous projects with ridiculous expectations.
I read the Dilbert comic strip most mornings in my digital edition of the Salt Lake Tribune. The cartoon strip is placed on page two with the news of the world. I believe the placement is for people who are never going to have the time to get to the end of the paper who are probably working or have worked in an office like Dilbert’s .Dilbert’s office is not unlike the culture of administration at the school district where I worked for many years.
Without a doubt creativity is coping strategy in stressful work environments. Luckily I now do not have a place of work that includes a boss or coworkers and no stress. Creativity is the core of my business . Recently I have committed to sharing not only the finished and polished products I make, but the unfinished and messy mistakes that allow my creative process to grow.
I am almost finished with my most recent sketchbook. As I look over the little drawings the sketches of vegetables and people with umbrella’s have possibilities. The landscapes that are disappointing. Pages filled with patterns need work. Taking the photograph allows me to see my composition from a distance as if I was a person looking over my shoulder. It also allows me to share my process with my audience.
Using my cell phone and photo apps, I can make adjustments to my composition before I post an image. Digital cropping makes it easy for me to change or add a center of interests. Using filters I can apply texture. Changing the contrast I am able to adjust the values. In a couple of minutes I will have multiple versions of a little drawing.
After I have a digital image, my next step is to post that image to my Facebook and Instagram story. The images disappear in 24 hours on social media but I have a collection on my devices. Some of these would make interesting yardage. Others could be used in combination with photographs in a digital collage.
Not every sketch is worth keeping. Every sketch is worth doing. Artists, I believe; need to incorporate routines that are designed to create without any predetermined outcome. Adding accountability to the routine will increase the likelihood that it will become ingrained and open up new avenues of exploration.
Possibilities grow with each day I work on my art yoga.
Until Next Time.....