|"Sunset barn," 5 x 7 watercolor greeting card|
Listless days without painting, without writing accumulate. After reading about, and viewing others art, I find one of my few cures is to go back to basics, to having some fun without expectations.
I found motivation in several places these past few days. One was a video by Thomas Schaller, https://www.thomasschaller.com/ the dynamic watercolorist. I'm buying one of his books, Architect of Light. Another is reading Austin Kleon's austinkleon.com invigorating blog, where he quoted someone's advice to "Do the work in front of you." (I've bought all his challenging books on creativity.)
|We ran into Natalie at an Abiquiu ice cream stand in 2016!|
I've had this book for several years but never read it all the way through before, and in desperation I picked it up last night. She paints to invigorate her writing. I told you earlier, I believe certain books choose you when you need them.
When I found this in the book last night, it spoke to me, and of me:
"I never think of drawing a new building.Only the old, the dilapidated the uncared for and unnoticed draw my attention.... I like to paint what is marginal what will not last."
My late friend Ben Blackstock looked at my art one day and said, "You sure like to paint God-forsaken places don't you?"
Yep, and now that I think about it, no wonder, Natalie is right, and it gets more important as I age. I find aging people and life and nature more interesting. "The more wrinkles, the more stories," I once said about writing about people.
Same thing. So today, after a large failure yesterday, I went back to a greeting card, another old barn, which I love to paint. As I do greeting cards for people... fun, relatively quick and also antidotes for being uptight.
A barn again for mental health, and for writing, and painting creativity. See?