The Bridge Artistic Networkhas just officially been LAUNCHED as a FACEBOOK Group! It is for artist of every ilk and all ages. We all remember what it felt like starting out…and we know what it feels like being where we are…COME JOIN THE COMMUNITY AND ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION…And Help each other to GROW AND THRIVE!
If you know me, you know I have a heart filled up with love for artists. I want them to know they are cherished, that their work, their gifts, their talents and abilities have great purpose and value!
I mean can you imagine trying to weather the storm of COVID19 with out the arts and entertainment? What about falling in love or going through a break up with out music, or even just a long drive by yourself? What would life be like without theater, dance movies, television? What about painting, drawing, poetry, writing…Sculpting…
I have been trying to spend about twenty minutes a day sketching. I am getting better, but I know I have a long way to go. Here is a still life of a shoe I did.
I realize I get so focused on the object I am trying to draw that I forget that it does not just float in space. It is only as I am posting this that I noted I did not draw anything into the background, not even a shadow. Well, t least it looks like a shoe.
This sketch was done with the help of a youtube tutorial on sketching trees and mist I am not happy with most of it but do notice improvements are happening. This is also the first time I practiced drawing with and eraser. I do like how how the pathway came out after I did the shading. I also like the little grass wisps I practiced on the left slope.
I am trying (and failing) to work at my sketching for at least twenty minutes each day. While I have not yet mastered the discipline of daily sketching I am doing more art work now than I have ever done. This sketch is one of my first attempts to portray moving water. Obviously I have work to do.
I am still plowing my way through NaNoWriMo 2019. I am still engaging in the work. Go me!
Today in the midst of my daily reading about writing and in the midst of rereading my manuscript I am meditating on the importance of my voice in the community…the conversation I bring to the table. I have worked through the manuscript of Pork Chops With the Sentinels Of Azatan one more time. Taking notes as I go and thinking about the connection of scenes within the book and the progression of characters throughout the story, I find myself asking:
“Will this story create conversations of value?”
“Will this book make people think?”
“Will it cause people to disagree?”
“Will it cause anyone to change?”
My sister is in her last performance tonight of the play “Seven”. I saw the piece last night. It was good. I disagreed with many things in the play. It made me angry for the plight of women around the globe. It made me want to have a conversation about….well, …something bigger than me.
That is what I want from my book. I want to engage as well as entertain. I want to start a conversation that will go farther than….well,… me.
We are still plowing our way through NaNoWriMo 2019. By reading this you are still engaging in the work. Go us!
This “word” came to me in my prayer time the other day. As this is art show weekend at Cornerstone. I thought it was a fitting word to share
True artistry is living out of the authentic self by demonstration. That is not the authentic self we have created in response to the world. Artistry is the expression of the deepest self, the self that is connected to the Creator and is untouched, uninfluenced by the world.- J. Lillie