19 Sep 2010

Creative Blocks

Lesley Purcell was talking about creative blocks, and it reminded me how I try and get over them. I had gone through a period of not doing much and decided to take myself off to the woods with the dogs and my sketchbook. This is the initial drawing I did (then it started raining hence the big raindrop splodges), then when I got home I added the colour.

Not a great painting, but I wanted to try and remember the bright green leaves in the sunshine beyond the tall dark trees. I also then found some Scots Pines, one of my favourite trees, in a clearing.

I couldn't see the tops of them, but just loved the bright red orange trunks against the dark trees behind. I'll eventually get them painted properly, but at least these wee drawings got me out of a rut (with any luck). I hope Lesley finds her way out soon as her work is way too good to not be out there!

8 comments:

  1. I really like the play with the colors, and it looks so much fun...red, blue and green trunks ^^ totally original!

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  2. I actually really like the rain splodges! Great sketches - Great blog too :0)

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  3. These are great! I love the colors and the splotches! I've been struggling a bit myself with this lately and I think you've taken the right approach.

    Also, you have some awesome links on the side here. I've just followed some that I had never been to before and, wow!, what a treat!

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  4. I really like these, and I also love the water blotches on them! very nicely done. nancy

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  5. Absolutely wonderful sketches!

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  6. These are great, very atmospheric Catriona.

    Thxs for inspiring me to do a Dr Sketchy's. It was good fun although my results weren't that great ;/

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  7. Thanks Guys, internet been down so not been able to reply earlier, and glad Dr Sketchy's was fun Sue, I can't wait to go again.

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  8. These sketches are lovely and a really positive way of getting through those fallow periods! I love the colours in the second painting and I even like the rainspot blobs - all part of the moment. Thanks ever so much for the lovely comments Catriona, really appreciated :o). I am spending today trying to catch up with all my online friends then I shall be spending the coming weekend having a crack at some of the fresh ideas that are now happily swimming around in my head - you have to just go with the flow don't you?

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