Drawing has become the main focus of my art lately. It’s quick (I only need a 10 minute window frame to grab my sketchbook and pen and begin or continue a drawing), it’s clean and it’s portable. I know clean wouldn’t gel well with most artist’s because I suppose that’s half the fun, acquiring materials and inspiration and channelling the creative flow into a solid tangible art work that along the way may be a bit messy. But I’m questioning this mess and use of materials lately (well I suppose it’s always been at the back of my mind but it’s come forward of late). It’s an irony that is amusing in a way. Most artist’s would like to think of themselves as bohemian, eccentric, a free spirit even. Not a huge consumer or a huge creator of waste and especially not another cog in the economic wheel. And with so many artist’s out there, regardless of whether it’s a career or a hobby, it must be contributing significantly to the waste in our world. I don’t want to stop creating but I’m going to try to minimise the waste and the consuming. Buying in bulk is not always a good idea I’ve discovered. I have a stockpile of lino, paper and I’m gradually getting through the paint. But art practices change and evolve and where once I was really keen to go down the printmaking track I’m not so much anymore. So a stockpile of lino is pretty much useless unless I force myself to use it. Which I probably will. And I’m planning on painting over the top of any canvases I’m not satisfied with. But the regular trips to that fave artist haunt Eckersley’s is a thing of the past. Ahhh! The waste dilemma. I’ve been thinking lately creating a beautiful garden or learning a musical instrument (both things I do with varying degrees of success, though I suppose that’s goes the same for my art) are perhaps a more environmentally favourable way to release creative tension.
Continuing on with my pursuit of a mind that does not wander at random I’ve embraced mindful drawing. I’ve been going for almost a year now so there’s a rather large collection of line drawings filling my sketchbooks. 10 minutes a day is my aim but of course that doesn’t always happen so I start a drawing and then I may not get back to it for a few days. For those that want to see the collection I have an Instagram account that you can click on right here https://www.instagram.com/kerri_smith_artist/ But for those that don’t want to endure yet another social media site I’ll pop some in this post.
I know mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword at the moment and mindful drawing isn’t a new phenomenon either judging by the number of blogs that pop up in a Google search. But I’m continuing with it for now. It’s killing two birds with the one stone so to speak. A bit of meditation combined with a commitment to the drawing practice. It’s a deep breath in and a slow breath out.
Just letting you know we still have our shop Fancy That in Newcastle mall. Below are a couple of photos of my still life paintings. One with me it. It’s been a tad wet and a tad slow so I’ve amused myself by taking a selfie. Cheers
Although the intention is there to draw each day it doesn’t always happen. So with that secret divulged here are a couple of drawings strategically placed in my busy home so it appears calm and meditative. Have a lovely arty week. Cheers.
It’s a little unusual to see an exhibition in a library but Charlestown has some empty walls and they’re wanting to add a bit of flair to their otherwise bland space. So as part of Novosketchers I’ve included some of my recent and not so recent work in a group show there until Christmas. So if you’re heading that way go have a look.
A couple of oldies below. They’ve been around for a number of years.
Scenic Drive. A linocut that’s featured in many exhibitions.
Playing with me dawg. Notice the obelisk in there.