I have blogged weekly about the contents of my sketchbook for the Sketchbook challenge. You can see the results here: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4
These are the pages I did on the last two days.
A collage of painted papers, a photograph, a picture from a magazine, map paper and book paper.
Two small collages with more of a textile feel.
So what have I learned from the 29 days?
1. That it's a good idea to work for a short time every day. It gets the creative juices going.
2. That I really enjoyed working with a muted and small colour range. These are my favourite pages.
3. That I still haven't found my 'voice'. I may have found the colours to work in but not the work that I want to do.
4. I started the monthly challenge wanting to do something with seedheads but soon found that the leaf stencil dominated. I also found that I don't really want to work with seedheads. There's some beautiful work out there from various artists and I was influenced by their work to a certain extent but I need to find my own style and subject.
On Tuesday night I went to a talk by Amanda Hislop and she does some amazing work. She works with a very limited and muted colour palette on landscapes, seascapes and seedheads - particularly cow parsley. She showed how she works from her initial idea through her sketchbook to the finished piece. The sketchbooks were amazing (works of art in themselves) and that led me to my fifth learning point.
5. I've known this a long time but sometimes you need to see it to get it: you have to put effort into it! Amanda's sketchbooks were full of drawings and experiments. Sometimes a drawing was only minimally different from the previous drawing. Her finished pieces were excellent due to the amount of preparation work she had done in her sketchbooks.
So where does that leave me?
I've no idea to be honest but I shall spend time thinking about it and continuing with what I do now until I can really get to grips with the things I've learned.
What have you learned recently about your creative way of working?
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