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Fishink Drawing Day

March 10, 2014

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Yesterday the weather was glorious. The first really sunny spring day and I felt inspired to have a day of drawing.

When everyone else seemed to be clambering to rush outside and take in the maximum amount of rays possible, I also felt alive and excited (about the good weather) but in a totally different way. I’m curious to know how many of you fellow reader-artists would feel the same way here, but sometimes when a good weather day comes along, how many of you think …. yes today is an excellent day to do my artwork ?

Some friends would think I’m crazy not to set off for a 5 mile hike at the slightest sign of the sun, and I’m not opposed to this either, but what I’m trying to capture is that feeling of when good weather puts you in the mood to create and stirs your imagination in a way that you really just want to go with it. This desire (at that moment) appears to overpower the urge to do anything else.

Another friend of mine likes to work, undisturbed by calls for lunch or tea and would carry on until her body needed food and her ‘creative flow’ had got to a point where it felt right to leave her work, or perhaps also at a point where the work was going so well, that it would be easy to return to. After all we all know how tricky that ‘creative block’ can be when it comes visiting. Please offer your comments below if any of this sounds or feels familiar.

I digress, lol and had a great, inspired day, visually soaking up the sun whilst trying out my new Pentel brush pen. I heard about this from my friend Laura Weston who happened to tweet about a new pen she was trying out. I ordered one from China and love the sense of line it gives my work. Quite different from my usual way of working, but sometimes… that’s a good thing too !  Thanks Laura for sharing your thoughts  : )

Here’s a wooden cat, don’t ask me why she has orange wood grain for a coat, sometimes you just have to go with these ideas. Lol.  I do like the way she feels quite 1960’s though !

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I spent a lot of time playing around with elephant shapes. The pen allows you to make long continuous curves, where the ink splays out and creates wonderfully textured and expressive lines, that it would be tricky to create as easily, if done digitally.

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I even did some mark making or just plain ‘dabbling’ on the page to try out the nib and later turned the ‘random shapes’ into whatever animal seemed to suggest itself from the scribble beneath. It does add another layer to the work that’s different again and sometimes a feeling of movement too.

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I think some of my elephants will be heading over to the Yellow House Art site once I’ve ‘dressed’ them with some colourful textiles. More of my artwork can be found available for sale here.

I noticed that the Amaryllis, my mum had ‘donated’ at Christmas was now fully ‘exploded’ and illuminated, what a three headed monster !

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At least the ladybirds in the garden had been enjoying an outdoor sunbathing session yesterday, even if mine was more indoor : )

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Please don’t forget to leave a comment below, if sometimes the desire to draw / create / paint etc  grabs you in the same way I described at the start of this post. I’m curious to know how many artists need to go with their creative flow when it comes calling : )

20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2014 11:26 am

    There has also done a wonderful time. I’m no artist, but now I like to work and quit scrap the sun to bind. But the inspiration did not come and my hands were like butter … lol not always the will and the opportunity to join creativity.
    No doubt some sunshine slipped through your window your elephants and birds seem very happy.

    • March 10, 2014 12:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I like the idea that hands could be like butter, but I know the chance to work doesn’t always ‘happen’ when we put the time aside to create. We can but try and hope, don’t give up. My elephants were indeed very happy to be born in the sunshine, well spotted : )

  2. March 10, 2014 12:27 pm

    I also find that the sun inspires me to draw but I have to force myself on ‘nice’ days to try to remember to draw en plein air rather than sat at my laptop or with a sketchbook on my lap! The only difficulty is that if I go out to draw I tend to think that I need to take the opportunity and work on my observational drawing whereas sat on the sofa I draw more from my imagination. Although I must say your blog always inspires me to draw, cut, stick, paint, sculpt and so on. Thank you for it!

    • March 10, 2014 12:43 pm

      Thanks for your comment Mark, I’m so pleased my blog inspires you in so many different ways. Get out there and draw from you imagination with a ‘free’ conscience… Fishink says it’s ok : )

  3. March 10, 2014 1:43 pm

    I discovered the Pentel Brush Pen a couple of years ago and was really pleased with the expressive quality it gave to my drawing. I haven’t used it much in the last year for various reasons and the dreary winter months were making me think I’d never do anything again. But now the sun is shining and new buds are sprouting in my imagination. Yesterday I started on a few ideas for paintings. All is not lost!

    • March 10, 2014 4:35 pm

      Indeed Harry, all is not lost at all. It’s amazing how sometimes all we need is a new art tool, textured surface or way of looking at a subject to make our imaginations come to life. Thanks for your comment.

  4. March 10, 2014 7:48 pm

    Love those brushy lines 🙂 and I completely get the need to create when the weather is good. For me, I think the sunshine makes me feel relaxed, and that’s always a good state to be in when you want to be creative, I guess.

    • March 10, 2014 8:27 pm

      Hi Sue, I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Sarah permalink
    March 10, 2014 9:58 pm

    I love your fluid animals, especially the Nellies. Please can we see them coloured!
    I have just looked on line for that fab pen…..looks like I don’t need to go as far as China to get one.

    • March 11, 2014 12:16 am

      Thanks for the comments. I should be on commission from Pentel I think lol. Enjoy they’re good fun.

  6. March 11, 2014 7:41 am

    When you live in a northern climate (alaska) and spring is coming and the snow is starting to melt and then you get a SUNNY DAY AND THERE IS HEAT COMING OFF THAT SUN, well, it makes me feel fantastically inspired. I’m a beadwork artist so good light is always important and there is no better light than natural sun. Thanks for your post. Your animals have so much character and happiness to them.

    • March 11, 2014 8:12 am

      Hi Kate, that’s a great point. Sunlight brings with it warmth (to warm, calm and relax) and better light too. I hope you’re Alaskan days are indeed getting more springlike. Happy Beading and thanks for your comment too.

  7. March 11, 2014 2:59 pm

    Just reading these comments has me inspired to create! Nice of so many to share their avenues of creativity. We have had 2 glorious days of great weather and sunshine here in the central US and I have to admit, husband and I were out in the yard, raking, mowing (him) and doing a general early spring cleaning. After Dreary Winter (although those are good days to stay inside and work on projects), we are practically giddy when the sun shines and the temps rise. But back to your question… yes, the spring like weather inspires me to work on all sorts of creative projects: quilting, choosing paint colors for a room, a ‘simple’ painting I’m planning to hang on my back porch, etc. All of a sudden so much seems so possible! I dig through my stacks of fabrics and am inspired by the juicy colors, glorious prints, and combinations thereof! I think it’s safe to assume we all have spring fever! Yea! And yes, I agree with Mark on how inspiring your blog is, thank you!

    • March 11, 2014 5:37 pm

      Thanks so much for your comments Joy. Always a breath of sunshine in there somewhere, even in ‘dreary winter’ lol We’ve had a few days of lovely sunshine here too. how refreshing for us all. Enjoy and create : )

  8. Wallace permalink
    March 11, 2014 11:56 pm

    Really really like (hint) the brushed outlines of your menagerie

    • March 12, 2014 12:09 am

      Thanks Wallace, I’ve got your hint ; ) Thanks for the comment too.

  9. March 12, 2014 12:01 am

    Yes, lots of drawing done over the weekend- I am really noticing this Winter how much more positive and creative I am when there is brighter light. I need one of those brush pens- looks to me like it is the very pen I have been looking for for something I’m working on currently. Thanks!
    I find if I get stuck on something I can get the idea out on paper better if I go out somewhere public, like a coffee place- where there is noise and distraction and somehow this helps me focus and release the idea.

    • March 12, 2014 12:08 am

      Thanks for your contributions. In contrast, I’m someone who usually can’t work in a public space so well, as I a) hate people looking over my shoulder or b) asking if they can see what I’m doing, especially if I’m being experimental and wanting to try new ideas out. I also like peace and quiet (or my own chosen music), I can’t work with talk radio on (my nightmare) as the chat interferes with my thoughts so much that I can’t focus on the work. Good job we’re not all alike or we’d never see artists out and about lol Keep up the good work. Glad to be useful with the pen info. It’s good to share : )

      • March 12, 2014 12:32 am

        I am so very scary, people never dare approach…have you discovered the Cult Pens website? Pen, clutch pencil and refill heaven…

      • March 12, 2014 7:43 am

        Ahh, I have now… thank you. You’re not that scary : )

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