Thursday, October 27, 2011

A View to the Future

(Lyric here) Sometimes you need a change of scenery.  You need time away from "the usual" in order to refresh and reset. That's what vacations are all about right?

Sometimes I get so bogged down with deadlines that my usual art loses its joy. When everything I'm making seems to be class samples and things that other people want I feel that wonderful creative edge slipping away.

Time for something new - at least new to me. I'm taking a watercolor class through our town. Low key, I already have the materials. I admire the other artists here who do such interesting things with the medium and I've wanted to try it out for a while.
learning about washes
I'm pretty confident when it comes to playing around with new techniques. But sometimes I need the extra push of a class to force me to take the time to sit down and give it a try.

Learning how to paint a tree
My dad is a watercolor artist - so it's both fun and a little scary to pick up the medium he's so accomplished with. My long term goals don't involve becoming an accomplished watercolor artist, I still am in love with textiles and can't see that changing any time soon. But this is refreshing.

Trunk - by Lyric Kinard
I firmly believe we should all try something new once in a while. Play. Put unexpected things together. Let them foment and mash and mix up together and see what new thing emerges from that growing artists' brain of yours.

What things do you do when you are in the slump?
What kind of things are a refresher for your artists' soul?


  1. When I am in a slump, I find by someone else that I admire and try to copy their technique and style and see I can incorporate into my personal style. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it makes me just want to go back to what I know well. Either way I am playing again.

  2. I'm constantly trying new things, no slump for me yet!

  3. I like your water colours!

  4. Beautiful trees Lyric!
    When I am in a slump I take a hike. That usually clears my head. Also making art with my kids frees me up.

  5. I've only just re-discovered watercolours after a bad start over 15 years ago, and I can't get enough of them right now. So inspiring. Love your tree techniques.