MIND OF AN ARTIST: STUDY A BLADE OF GRASS

My mind is a monkey mind.

I know it's my ADHD. There is a quality of my life that resembles a circus. I'm always trying to train those monkeys to perform the right way. Okay you guys get yourselves in order.

I actually become the lion tamer trying to force my creativity to perform. Not only to perform but to kick ass perform.

Here's where pressure to be a creative genius sets in. In other words here comes the artist block! I HAVE TO DO THE BEST PAINTING OR DO NOTHING! So I do nothing.

The monkeys are doing nothing so out of boredom they start to act out. Avoidance creates havoc and chaos. I end up hating myself for being unproductive. It's a great big circus ring ready to explode.

My thinking is creativity needs to be a high experience with lots of bells and whistles going off. There's no sanity. There's no peace. Every work of art has to be created from a psychedelic experience. Don't forget I come from the original hippie lifestyle. The Magical Mystery tour. But it's becoming clear that flying by the seat of exploding pants is not working.

So that is why I am choosing to study a blade of grass. Slow down get off the merry go round. Be a quiet painter. I cannot be a superhuman artist. Study a blade of grass.

Here are plein air paintings done with the mindset of "study a blade of grass ".

IT ALL BEGINS WITH A DOODLE

 

I have learned that waiting to be inspired to create art can be a very long wait.  Days. Weeks. Years.  Decades.

I don’t wait for inspiration I start it.   With a DOODLE.

The following art began with a squiggly line and the path it took.

THE ART OF THE LINE-DRAWING

1968 pen and ink

Pen and marker drawing 1969

 

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Life Drawing 2005

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1969 charcoal drawing done at the Art Students League

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Watercolor sketch 2000

1970 fashion art

Pen & wash 1970

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Charcoal sketch 2004

1968 fashion doodle

Marker & Pencil 1966

They say a good artist begins with learning drawing skills.  I mastered my drawing skills beginning with drawing on the furniture at 3.  Most of my artwork was drawing people when I began. I wanted to be a fashion illustrator when I was in high school.

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Colored Markers 1970