Creatively Stuck

 I have been, as previously mentioned, working on a Project 365 called “Doodle a Day,” where I’ve dedicated to drawing at least something every day for my personal “fiscal” year (I start each P365 on my birthday each year. 2011-2012 was Vol. 28).

Throughout this process, I can tell that my skills are growing and getting better. I am able to (much more quickly) “see” in my head what I want to draw and get my hands to be able to create it.  I don’t hesitate nearly as much as I did — I draw without fear of mistakes or “messing up.”  I doodle constantly. It’s been a creative awakening that I didn’t even know I needed.


We come to this piece.  At the moment, it’s called “Clouds.”  I will start off by saying I love this piece. I am so happy with where it’s going. This is the style that I have been trying to get out of my head and onto the paper or the iPad for well over two years now.  I think I’ve finally “cracked the code” of how to get this whimsical, Eric-Carle-meets-Pixar-and-cut-out-construction-paper look and feel.  I look at this piece and just feel that inner artistic “YES.  This is what you were striving for.”

Which is all well and good until now I can’t figure out what else to put on it.

In my head, I see a few red balloons bobbing through those clouds.  But each time I try to put them in, it ruins the piece. I can’t get the balloons in the same style as the clouds. After a few hours of trying, I gave up, and saved my little piece of blue sky for tackling on another day.

What do you think? What’s missing? What belongs? What flies through the skies in your mind?

Created in ArtRage on iPad 2 with Nomad Brush.

Classes: Painting to Music

I find myself surrounded by music every day. Pandora is installed on my iPhone, and everyday I select whatever genre suits my mood and happily listen the day away while I process mundane tasks like laundry, dishes, cleaning, or work.

Often, while I’m listening to music (and more likley than not, singing along with said music at the top of my lungs) I see pictures in my head.  Sometimes they’re colors, sometimes they’re random pictures, sometimes it’s an entire storyline.  It just depends on the music and my mood.

I used this to my advantage the other day when I played the song “Vincent,” by Don McLean for my iPad class.  I wanted to see what they saw when listening to an iconic song about a famous artist.  I participated to, and here’s out results.

Technique: Falling Up

Sometimes the pieces that appear on the iPad screen after I have been doodling really amaze me.  “Falling Up” is one of those pieces.

I had just purchased ArtRage and was beyond thrilled with the responsive nature of its digital oil paint. I was happy blending and creating many piles of what certainly would have ended up in the garbage if it’d be real oil paint but ended up being just happy scribbles in the digital realm.

I had discovered that I could also turn my paints metallic on the app, which spurred yet another round of smearing and blending.

As I zoomed out to view the full “canvas” for a particular painting, I was amazed at what I had squoze onto the canvas.  It looked like a buckled ocean wave spilling into the ceiling.  Thus, “Falling Up” was born.

To this day I can’t figure out how I created this piece, but I do enjoy looking at it.

Created in ArtRage on iPad.