During a recent break from social media I thought about what my free time was bringing to my creativity. A wandering mind is a curious thing.
This photo and the compilation image of four sketches below it are from a recent wander at Mt Field National Park. Lots of inspiration and influence up there!
The first thing I noticed about my social media break was that all the stuff I didn’t see wasn’t influencing my art. Fair observation I guess, even if rather obvious!
The good thing about that observational gem is that I found myself being influenced by my own work. (It’s a never ending circular type phenomenon …. if you let it happen.) I was forced to think more within myself. Solutions and ideas weren’t available at the click of a button, nor were they offering themselves uninvited on my screen.
Images such as the one below provide real life influences. These Pencil Pines (Athrotaxis cupressoides) are listed as vulnerable because their population is decreasing. I love their form. Even the dead ones are inspiring. Look at how those plants in the foreground are hugging the rock. There’s a feeling of desperation.)
Something else I do is encourage or allow inspiring “what if?” thoughts to turn up. They’re related to my art on the whole and often provide me with an exciting new direction to explore. Sometimes, it’s just an intuitive feeling that “something” is going to come, soon, if I just let it happen. With more free time the “what ifs” began to turn up more often.
What if I throw down some collage before I start my plein air sketch? So I chose some collage paper I thought was suitable and glued it down. The “what if” became a “wonder if”. I wonder if this idea will take me somewhere new?
What if I draw as I’m walking along the beach? Literally …. because there’s little to trip over! And, what if I overlap the drawings? “Salty” the duck was doing her own “what if”. She was foraging for food in the wet sand at the waterline.
What if by the end of my break away from looking at the screen, I am able to breakaway from some of the stuff that often keeps my art predictable? (From my point of view at least.) What if it feels more authentically mine?
A “what if?” is by nature something new that you haven’t thought of or done before. So, presumably, it could lead you somewhere you haven’t been yet.
Amazing how more time and quiet, subconscious, consideration can put a spark in your thoughts and your art!
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