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If the Artwork doesn't please the Artist

Posted 11 days ago

Just messing around here while watching YouTubes. Drawing Caricatures as usual. Both of them drawn withOut a predraw, but one of them didn't come out looking Professional at all.

Hmmmm. What could I do if something like this ever happened at a Gig? I tried going back into it ~ to turn it into a Picture. I only used Marker and a Little Spot of Color ~ like in the Good Caricature that I drew today. Ummmm.... Nope. So I just added Lines ~ that made it look Scary.

I gave up on that Picture. I gave up on that piece of Paper. And I Quickly drew the last Caricature that I'm posting here today. I allowed myself a Little Bit of a Predraw. Aaaah. That's good. I like that Picture. I like that Experience

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Times Past

Posted Dec 2020

probably posted these already, but I don't know for sure ~ didn't want to lose them ~ I found them when I was clearing out some of my old emails. I remember drawing them ~ at a staff appreciation event.

It just feels so good to look at them. The Artwork in each picture evokes a different feeling. Happy/beauty/blue. Proper/clean/intense. Approachable/hopeful. So often I feel like my Caricatures ~ even the quick ones that I do at Events ~ So often I feel like they have an Artistic Quality beyond the 'make it look like the person'

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I'm different when I'm Not with People

Posted Dec 2020

Pandemic. Very limited Parties this past year. So I haven't been Drawing as much as usual.

It's great that my Art Skills support me in my connections with other people. Interacting with them. Inspiring them to be happy with their realities. But when I'm Alone, why would I draw?

Drawing isn't Only about communicating.

and Drawing isn't only about Seeing what's 'out there'. It's also about putting it down on paper with the wonderful Art Supplies.

I haven't felt like putting it onto the Paper lately. Instead, I've been focusing on exercising my eyes. The tiny muscles that move the eyes forward and back for distance. The tiny muscles that move the eyes in all the directions of the eye-spheres. It's enough to experience Sight. I haven't had any reason to also put parts of it down onto Paper.

But I do feel like we get away from the wonder/joy of the Supplies when we're performing that which our clients want... the production of x-number per hour ~ the only drawing people for the next few hours ~ the make'm look pretty (or the make'm wildly exaggerated). Nothing wrong with enjoying People. But for when I'm Not with people?

Ahah! I just noticed that I enjoy it as mindlessly as I enjoy watching tv. I don't really get anything out of it. Not like playing the drums to harness my mind (meditation). Not like exercising to stay healthy. Not like cleaning the house to be safe from dust and bug-germs-filth. I just can't find an Intrinsic reason to draw when I'm alone. Feels unnecessary, but I just like it.

I like to experience the satisfaction of perfect IPad lines the way I had been hypnotized in the experience of using the liquid tempera paints outside in the sun when I was 3-years old. Immersed in the IPad the way I had been immersed in the outdoor environment.

It's a completely different experience than drawing Live at Parties. Giving comfort to mySelf instead of giving myself the Art-Inspired connections with other people. For a while. They're Both important things to do.

Update the next day: lol ~ no sooner than I posted this, than My friends started inviting me to lots of Online groups and well.... just reaching out to me in general. I do appreciate that, but I can't do it All. Mostly because it cuts in to what I was tryig to say here that I Really want to do. I'm not writing about trying to Avoid being alone. I'm writing about Embracing being alone.

I go to every Job I possibly can ~ whether it's Online Or In-Person. But when I'm not working, I try to be Alone even more often than I am with people. I feel like it's important to have a relationship with yourSelf before experiencing society.

And Update even the next day after That: I GOT IT! Because when I'm alone, perhaps honing my skills or focusing on different aspects of what/how to draw, I am using a part of my brain that is similar to using my brain when playing Word Games. As people get older, they might get concerned about losing their mental facilities if they hadn't been in the practice of exercising their brains ~ and I'd rather Enjoy using my brain Before problems set in, than to get problems and then need therapy.

Drawing is Not like watching tv. Watching tv is just being the Audience. Drawing is being the Performer. Drawing is more like Scrabble/Upwords/Scattegories. It's to exercise My Brain. Drawing is to stay skillful with visual and fine motor abilities.

Drawing is just another way to use my brain. There's WordGames, Meditation, Understanding what people say, Math, Drums.... And Drawing! I do these things when I'm alone to keep many different aspects of my brain functioning.

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I love drawing again!

Posted Nov 2020

I love drawing again! I rediscovered it because I have so much time off during this pandemic.

How did I rediscover the heart ~ the feel good to draw? It happened because I'm learning the drums.

Talk about new input! Everything is new for me on the drums. A beginner, and I love everything about it.

Of course, I can easily do beginner stuff in drawing. So I felt like it would be a waste of time to draw basic shapes. When I do my Professional Artwork aka Drawing Caricatures, or Illustrating Stories, I have to focus on representing what's Out There.

But I discovered that beginner stuff is what I like to do when I'm alone! Why would I bother drawing stranger after stranger when I'm not communicating with or entertaining them? It's that beginner Artwork ~ the stuff that you do early in a 'relationship', that's so compelling when you're alone. Beginner Artwork ~ when you're discovering the nuances of pencil-use, not yet sure about what aspects of the pencil you'll need for when you get good enough to represent what's Out There. The beginner stuff is an internal experience of discovery.

I don't really care about what people look like. I like to joke around when I'm with people. And I like to make pictures. That comes out as ' I draw Caricatures when I'm with people, but there's no reason to do them when I'm alone.

When I'm home alone, I enjoy all sorts of things ~ including music and art. My way. When there is no purpose for picking up the pencil, nobody here to entertain, not going to get any money for drawing it, nothing to tell anyone.... That's when I finally got back to the thrill of the pencil. How good it feels to make it work so successfully.

These shapes are not needed. Nobody asked me to make them. They won't teach me anything new. It's passing the time with pencil and paper.

Just like keeping time on the drums. Peace

It's better to do Tribal lines with Facepainting, but I just used a Caricature marker this time ~ because it's here and no mess and no set-up work. This is my time off. Not getting paid to do this. And I already know how to do it. So I just want to do what's easy. I like All types of Art Supplies.

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