Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Moving Right Along

Out of all of these talented artists in The Sketchbook Challenge...I am the one that is really challenged. I don't keep a daily sketchbook...or a regular sketchbook at all. When Sue asked me to be a part of this fabulous group of artists, I jumped at the opportunity to try my hand at using a sketchbook more often. So, don't feel bad if you aren't living up to the standards of these awesome sketch-bookers...you can come sit next to me. :)

Also, I have been in a creative slump, so this adds to my challenge of sketching. Maybe it is the Winter months that are sucking out my creative juices or I might just need a brain rest. But playing with the sketchbook as been fun and I am trying to remind myself that this isn't suppose to be a finished piece of artwork to sell. Which is hard, since I make my money by selling my work and online fiber art classes...so I am always in "create to sell" mode. This project will be good for me to let go and just play.

I have assembled a bag of art goodies that I can drag out with my sketchbook. That way I have all my stuff in one place and I can tote it around with me when I go anywhere. I am bad about buying all the cool art supplies and never using them! I have no idea why I am saving them....


I have a moleskin sketchbook and I painted all the pages that I am going to collage and draw on. (I had to glue pages together so they would be stiff enough to take the paint)

When I was thinking of the January Sketchbook Theme, "Highly Prized" ...I interpreted from where I am right now in my "slump". And I like to use collage in my work, so I am going to be doing a lot of collage in my sketchbooks. (I will probably keep several in different sizes..just to mix it up.)

 

Here are two images of the same page..one with just the collage and the other with the scribbling added to it. 

I use collage to help inspire me in my fiber art and I am hoping that this might turn into a new series. :)

Have fun and I am off to start on February's challenge!
susan sorrell
www.creativechick.com

16 comments:

  1. oh my, you sound just like me SUe, always in creative sell mode sometimes have trouble switching off to just art for fun mode, lots of supplies I am guilty of not making the time to use, and I too am on a journey to fill up a sketchbook and get moving on the fun part of art! So yes I will come sit next to you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I'm sure a lot of people can relate. When you make your living selling your work it is way hard to separate the selling aspect from the play. For me they have to be two different activities altogether, so I explicitly do not sell my collage-painting work. I license artwork to manufacturers, but it is completely different from the fine art that I make and teach. I used to get into regular creative slumps - long ones. I couldn't begin something without an idea of whether it would work for a particular product or manufacturer. With the collage-painting I consider it all play (even though I make $ on teaching), and lo and behold my commercial work flows better too. I wonder if you could consider your sketchbook your playground, and show up for it on a regular basis with no expectations of making "art" but just playing. Would that nudge the creative flow? Just a thought.

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  3. Make a little more room on the bench ! I have not kept sketchbooks but have kept dream journals. I have only one piece of collage work and most collage does not excite me. I have thrown away a hundred or more scribbles for every one that I have kept. I want more drawing/sketching/loose painting in some sort of collection and wanting it is the beginning of the journey so every day I am visiting many that are participating and leaving comments and some days I even post something of my own. It is the process that I am wanting and needing and I am thankful for this offering by so many talented people.

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  4. Your collage is joyful and a great burst of color during this long winter!

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  5. I never thought I'd use a sports and poetry analogies for art, but here goes:
    I went to a speech given by Jim Bouton,a world series winning pitcher for the New-York Yankees. He said when he would worry about pitching a winning game and he would always lose. Then he began to realize when he concentrated on his love of pitching, the process of pitching he would always WIN. A poet, Louise Gluck, our poet Laureate, says in the times she is not writing that's when they creativity is growing--for we are always creating in those silent times. I beleive we can take both these analogies and apply them directly to art.

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  6. great page Sue! I can definitely see that translating into a piece of fiber art.

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  7. Well this was good for me too but in a different way. I am just three years into the art world, and just do it for fun. Too old to try to sell anything, I know you are thinking of Grandma Moses. Well maybe years down the road. But I do love just sitting and playing with the sketchbook. Thanks for sharing.
    QMM

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  8. Welcome to the bench! We are a nice group to sit with and ponder the blank page. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your process. For those of us new to keeping a sketchbook, it is refreshing to learn that we are not the only ones buying supplies and watching the dustbunnies multiply in our craft basket. Thanks!

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  9. Oh Susan--those are the cure for February. I love the complexity you added with the scribbling. I am amazed at how you create these intensely detailed collages and fiber pieces that are so random yet so cohesive. You make it look so easy. I have always been a huge fan of your work. I can see this is a smashing embroidered quilt.

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  10. Me again. I LOVE the collages! So much yummy color and movement! I can definitely see them evolving into fiber art, or into a series of some kind, in your capable and creative hands. GO GO GO!!!!

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  11. Well you sure did well once you got started. I think that is often the thing to do: just show up! When you do and you put something on the page so often one thing leads to another and boom, where did the time go, a page is done yet again! I really like how the ink enhanced and made the piece much deeper.

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  12. Thanks for such an honest post. This is true of all of us at some time or another and is a good topic for folks to share feelings about. Yes, Jane, I agree. It is very difficult to switch modes and that is why I do keep a sketchbook/journal. Sometimes, though, I have to give myself a kick in the butt. Get to it!

    I love these bright and joyful pages of yours.

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  13. I'd like to sit with you. shy smile! This feels very new. I imagine there are several who are testing the waters of sketchbooking. Thanks for your candor.

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  14. Susan!! thank you so much for this post!! I share so many of your expereincesa s I am also in CREATE TO SELL mode almost constantly and I find little time to just play but know that I must find time to play and then when I don't find time, I feel guilty about it!! Phew!!! I ahve several books going but it is by no menas a routine but this project and blog and all of the projects are helping me alot already!!!!
    thank you Susan!! I love your work and know that you will emerge form your slump!!!!

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  15. So save a spot for me I would love love love to sit by you!!!! Your collage and stitch work has always inspired me so!!!!

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  16. Well...It looks like I need to get a longer bench!! LOL...I wanted all of you out there that are new to art or seasoned artists to know that we all can't be "on" all the time. I have been at this "professionally" for 13 years and you do have to have down time. Also, the winter months have something to do with it too, I think. Hopefully Spring will come early to South Carolina and I can get back in the creative mood.

    As for showing up..I do that, but it is like sitting in a class and taking a test you didn't study for...nakked... :) I have lots of started projects that I have pulled out and will stitch on just to try and jump start myself. (also I think I am pre-menopausal which might be another thing that would be a great series to work on)

    So, I will be the cheerleader for all of those who are lacking in the journal/sketchbook keeping area and the rest of you can kick me in the butt if I start whining. :) I know doing the themes will be good practice for me and will spark some ideas to use in my future pieces.

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