The last week or so I have experienced a huge surge in creativity, especially a desire to delve into the visual arts. In the past my outlets have mostly included writing and music, with a recent interest in photography. Perhaps it is the uptick in the success of my photographs that I am wanting to branch out. Perhaps it is because I am in the process of redefining myself and therefore not letting me hold my creativity back. Of course, maybe it’s the medication.
So I found myself yesterday at the hobby store throwing a bunch of different things into my cart.
The first project I tackled was the simplest, and perhaps the most rudimentary. I made a necklace for Lovely Wife. Although this didn’t amount to much more than picking out the materials and stringing them together, I am rather pleased with the results. I know that Lovely Wife will appreciated it due to the effort (however small) that was put into it, but I hope the she finds it aesthetically pleasing as well.
The second project is a clock that I will place in the man cave. I have always been fascinated with clocks and watches (which I plan on discussing in an upcoming post) This I am also not going to build from scratch–I bought a movement, and therefore I just have to do something with the face. Because I am really unsure how I want the end project to appear, I may put this one off for a while until inspiration truly hits. Right now I am envisioning somewhat of a minimalist approach, with only a few or no numbers. It will be interesting and satisfying to see how it turns out.
The last will be the most challenging and exciting for me. I bought three small canvases, some oil paint, and an assortment of brushes. It is exciting because my brush will take me to places that my camera cannot go. It also gives me the opportunity to be less literal. Objects won’t have to necessarily behave the way that they do in real life, or have the correct proportions. However clichéd, I think that my first painting will be a boat, perhaps leaving the stormy waters behind and drifting towards the sunrise. I think that it perhaps sounds a little corny, but it captures my mood (or at least my aspiration), and I have always been fascinated by the water and the sea. I sometimes think that I should have joined the Navy or the Coast Guard, but then again, if I had I wouldn’t have met Lovely Wife. In any event, however the boat picture turns out, whether a clipper at full sail or a fisherman in a rowboat, this will be going up in the wall of the man cave as well. The second painting that I would do will hang in out kitchen/dining area. My wife has collected various wine and vineyard themed art works since we have lived in the house, and I like the idea that I could contribute to this as well. So far no concept has jelled for the final canvas.
The idea of painting is challenging because I am a complete neophyte. I do remember in 8th grade or so painting a small scene with a mountain and a river. While I didn’t think it was a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, I remember getting a C on the project and being a little disappointed. As long as I did the assignment as per the instructions, isn’t grading art a little subjective? Maybe this is why I haven’t painted all this time. In any case, I think that the rawness of my technique may be an asset to my vision rather than a liability.
WEDNESDAY FUN: Photo Favorites
Yesterday evening I was outside playing with the kiddos when I spotted this first sure sign of spring. Nobody poses for photos better than Mother Nature.