An Artist's Quest for "Soul" in a Chaotic World—by InnerSpirit

This is my InnerSpirit blog page...a page of reflection...inquiry...
and artistic questions about myself, my life, and the world around me. A place for my own personal contemplation of my emotions, my actions, my art, my spiritual journey and how they all intertwine and influence each other. I hope that you check it out, think a little about your life and the many creative things that you might be engaged in...how do those fit into your life and impact the various aspects of your own life? Let's reflect together!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

AEDM 2011 Is Still Stretching Me This Year

As I continue with  Art Every Day Month 2011 I am continuing to try and STRETCH myself a bit. I have been working with my iPad exclusively the last few days. I should get back to my website, but after uploading all of those art pieces, I was feeling like I needed a break. I am still working at trying to make the the iPad apps that I am using to feel a little more comfortable and not like I have to think about everything that I do, every brushstroke etc. Thinking about "how to do something" after being able to just "DO IT" with traditional media is kind of frustrating for me and sometimes I put the new stuff down because it "hurts my head" trying to figure it all out and I long for the old traditional mediums. 

BUT...I try and remember how I felt when I first started using Photoshop and I thought, I will NEVER understand this program. Then I began teaching it, so anything is possible I tell myself. So...my focus the last three days was iPad using two of my favorite apps, ArtRage and ArtStudio. I was able to get them to mimic some traditional media that I am used to using. The sketching technique was a bit hard to get used to, but the results are coming together after much trial and error at tonight's Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School-Grand Rapids. If you are interested, you might have one in your area...it is loads of fun. Burlesque meets art, sketching burlesque models for three hours and then live burlesque. Look it up on the internet, there are many groups all over the country.

©InnerSpirit/Diane M. McKnight

©InnerSpirit/Diane M. McKnight
Days 11, 12, and 13
The first painting was just created with me playing in ArtRage with the brushstrokes and I ended up liking how it turned out. The second spiral effect painting is just in the beginning stages and it is a small segment in the middle of a bigger painting the I am working on in ArtStudio, but I thought I would show what I am doing as it evolves.

©InnerSpirit/Diane M. McKnight


©InnerSpirit/Diane M. McKnight


©InnerSpirit/Diane M. McKnight
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
There are several sketches here of varying lengths of time. I thought I would put a fun "themed" sketch in here, since it is rather out of my normal realm to do the little "contests" that the Dr. Sketchy group offers for free drinks and prizes. But I did one tonight because I saw something that I thought could work. They usually ask the audience to make suggestions for "themes" to draw the model doing. Then they pick one out of "the box". This theme was "draw the model as a monster". I had to have a little fun while I was plugging away at learning my little iPad. AND...I could have won a drink, but no luck, I had to buy my own wine tonight. Maybe next time though. :)

©InnerSpirit/Diane M. McKnight
I would like to add a disclaimer to these iPad drawings: The artist creating these is still adjusting to creating sketches that mimic pencil drawings and any shading, line work and general rudimentary qualities of these drawings should be overlooked in the estimation of said artists true abilities. That said, it is a process, and it is getting better as I go. You have to start somewhere, and I can only get better.

Do you have any art mediums, projects or other things in life that you sometimes find very daunting to tackle? Are you trying to figure out how to start? Please share your stories of "firsts" or "trial and error" on something that was difficult for you. I would love to hear what challenges others are facing.

Blessings and Love,
D.

9 comments:

  1. (Oops, I think my bad internet connection just ate my comment. Feel free to delete one if both come through.)

    I am impressed with your ipad drawing skills already! Congratulations on pushing yourself to learn a fun new skill.

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  2. i think your sketches are lovely! i still can't get used to the digital medium...feels so weird, but i know it just takes practice. i totally know what you mean, when you wrote "hurts my head" LOL... happens to me all the time!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I can't believe you use your ipad to create your beautiful work! Love the colors and swishy look and feel! Thanks for visiting my blog! Love you work!
    Kris

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  4. Jul @ Flogging the Muse: Yes, learning a new skill is a good thing as long as I don't throw the iPad at a wall in the process. It's cost is a good deterrent though.

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  5. tortagialla: I probably am a little more used to some of the digital media due to my long "other" career as an art director/graphic designer and using photoshop and illustrator all those years. iPad drawings are still different since pressure sensitivity is something you have to control manually for pressure of the pencil.

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  6. cherishdesigns: Yes, I always find it equally amazing when I visit sites where others are making beautiful things out of yarn, found objects, metal, and other mediums that I can't get anything interesting to come of. I guess that is why we are all artists and we are all different in our approaches. Thank you so much for the compliment though!

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  7. pratima giri: Thank you so much for visiting me here, and offering such a nice comment. I hope you return again.

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  8. I've written poetry my whole life. It comes naturally to me and is theraputic. I recently published my work. It's a great accomplishment and really does build inner strength.

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