At mid-life, I teeter on a blurry line between my youthful past and the golden years ahead. In this moment I'd like to pass on a simple mantra, artists make art. I heard it uttered by an art teacher as a kid, but didn't really get it until recently. In 2010 when I decided to make art my work, stepping outside the daily lines of work wasn't easy. After taking an intense sketchbook studio course in 2014, I learned to value the work of sketching as a productive art-making process.
- Explore new sources for ideas such as murals & street art, museums & galleries, shops & storefronts, books & magazines, etc.
- Observe with all your senses. For example, translate the sound of waves using lines, colors, shapes, texture, etc.
- Put pencil (pen, marker, pastels...) to paper.
- If it looks messy, look at it again; continue sketching until it's finished.
- Make new marks, drips, smudges and mistakes; use erasers sparingly.
- Draw freely. If you must, copy as a learning technique somewhere else.
- Keep working: start a new page.
- Own your work: sign and date each page (and eventual canvas, sculpture, art-work).
- Learn from other artists but never copy their work. Show and earn respect for originality.
- Be yourself and stay focused on the work.
- Reflections: What Do You See? (2014) - final project for UF Sketchbook Studio taught by Professor P. Grigsby for MA in Art Education (2013-2014).
- #TrippingThisLife (2015-2016) sketchbook - process & product photos.
- excerpts from #TrippingThisLife2 (2016-2018) sketchbook - HYFA Facebook page.
Now about that blurry time line, it's pointless. You're never too young or old to get started. Sketch freely and often. Make art ...because art matters.
With kind regards,