Friday, January 17, 2014

sketchbook :: permission to play

I have begun this year with the intent to use my sketchbooks more freely, without restrictions, to play. This comes from my feeling that my sketchbooks were becoming a bit stuck, in the usual approaches and subject matter. I am wanting to let go of expectations on these pages to allow for more possibilities.
The first thing I did was to abandon my handmade books for something less precious. I am also not limiting myself to any one book. I have let go of any self-imposed rules.
These little wash studies were done in a 9 x 12 Kilimanjaro watercolor sketchbook that I have had laying around with very little use. They were all done on one page, with very wet paper and a large round brush. Less control meant more room for play.
When it comes to thinking about what it is that I want to do, whether in a sketchbook or with more finished work, I am easily overwhelmed. I have more ideas than time. So being able to settle on one direction, method, theme, media, whatever, is often a struggle. Laure Ferlita of Painted Thoughts Blog has an interesting discussion going on about this very issue of artists' struggle with FOCUS. With FOCUS being the key word here, I believe that by letting go of my focus in one area, sketchbooks, I may actually arrive at more focus with my art work overall. Or not. Either way, it is always fun to just play.

3 comments:

Polly Birchall said...

I can see that you are enjoying painting freely in your sketchbooks. Have fun

CrimsonLeaves said...

Wow, Ann! I love these pieces, each and every one! You should let go more often! I wish I could do this. No matter how hard I try, I seem to approach every piece in the same way. My only differences come with changing mediums but all end up with the same look and I hate that. Oh to have some skills as you have!

Debbie Nolan said...

Ann - this playing is lovely - they are all so fresh. I read Laura's post...great thoughts and I too have so much trouble staying focused. Hope you will play more.

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