Over the past few years, for a variety of reasons, my art focus has been shifting from making artwork to sell. I have seen it moving toward making artwork just for enjoyment. This is a new idea for me.
I’ve collaged, painted, sewn, sculpted, drawn thousands of works, and I mean that literally, over two decades. And I’ve done all kinds of art events, from street fairs and arts-in-the-park to participating in invitational gallery shows.
And I intend to keep doing these events, just not as many or as often. I have the theory that in life, each one of us has a certain amount of capacity for any activity, and when that’s done, it’s done. The trick is to recognize when a phase is ending, changing, or evolving.
So I’ve been thinking about what kind of artwork activities I want to be doing, if I am not so focused on sales. After some time, I finally got the picture – I don’t have to decide anything. I can just try things and see what develops. At this stage of my life, I have fewer responsibilities to others and so – I can just enjoy myself. Art Camp Claudia McGill was an expression of this idea and it certainly was enjoyable, not to mention head-clearing. I got a lot of new ideas just from looking through my art supplies and remembering the impulse that made me buy this or that tool or item back in the past.
So, one thing I’ve been doing, along these lines, is drawing in pen and ink (the regular kind of pen, not the dip pen and India ink combination). I have a collection of sketch notebooks, strange for a person who up to now has not done much sketching, but I am plain foolish over notebooks and I just like buying them!
So I paid attention to the prompt – notebooks continuing to appear in my life – and got a collection of pens. I plan to spend time sketching from everyday life, and I’ve been also doing some sketches from photos I’ve taken. One thing I do want to do more of is to get outside more with art activities, whether it’s sketching or taking photos.
No goals, no timeframes, just building a new habit, I hope.
So for a little while I will post some drawings made in the last few months, mostly from photos, so far. I’ll start with one from last summer, though, drawn on location – and guess what it is – a view of a booth near me at an art fair.
I think there is a thread running through things here, isn’t there?