I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing blogs. That’s ok, I like to think my work can speak for itself. That being said I hadn’t been producing that much work over the last year anyway, so, no excuses really.
Now, to be fair, we did put our house up for sale and went on a five month road trip to find the next place we wanted to live (if you are interested and are somehow unaware of our exploits you can read all about it here).
I was going to use that time to explore my work and try and find new inspiration in drawing. Well, it didn’t happen like I thought it would. I mean I did some work when we were in places for longer periods of time, but ultimately I didn’t produce anything that really made me feel productive or particularly creative.
So I wrote about my creative block on the above mentioned blog during our trip. That’s when I received an assignment from Elizabeth – an artist and teacher friend of mine (you can check out her stuff here). She thought I could use it as a way to jump start my creativity – I could just do the assignment and it would be new and different and it would potentially lead me back to my own creativity. I had a plan to follow and the assignment looked like this:
And I did it. All of it – the evidence is literally all over this blog post. Well… except for creating a return assignment. Nor did I do the extension on Daniel Spoerri – but I looked him up, and that counts for something. It all took me a few months to complete. I went in spurts of manic drawing and slow tracing to get it done. As it turns out I was the first to complete an assignment from Elizabeth – ever (brown-noser, teacher’s pet, etc., etc.).
It taught me a few things about myself and my creativity. I taught me that I need to actively search for inspiration through new artists (new to me anyway) and see what they are doing – explore more. It taught me that I work best with a project or a theme and it helps if there are a few external motivations to help me along. And it taught me that my friends are out there for help when I need it.