On steep learning curves

Since this most recent New Year began, I have been quietly doing a little experiment.  I wondered on January 1, if I might be able to do a small sketch of some sort, everyday, and post it on the bite-sized social media posts, like the Facebook Page and the Twitter Page.  Since this is a snap-shot kind of operation, I was doing this from my smart phone and was feeling pretty cocky for having figured out how to post to multiple places with one quick swipe.  Or so I thought.  While I was able to get each of the sketches up on facebook, for some reason, they never made it to twitter like they do when I post from my laptop.  This little computer snafu, combined with some linkage issues with my new friends over at the Cincinnati Illustrator’s Blog (still figuring that one out) have decidedly put me in my place when it comes to the virtual world.

I am not someone meant to do work on the computer.  The computer is simply a tool I have had to learn a little bit about in order to spread the word about my work.  And so I have, and so I do.  But it’s a steep learning curve.  Every time I turn around, there is some new fangled thing I am supposed to try in order to get more connected, etc.  The cool thing is, I AM more connected.  I follow the doings of inspiring people on Twitter and beyond, and keep track of the blogs of writers and artists I may never meet in person, but whose work gives me pause for thought or reason to follow a lead.  I am deeply grateful for this.  And so I will continue to wrestle with this machine, as best I can.

All of that said, my work is much more about the physical world.  I like to draw in a real book, on real paper.  I love the smell of paint and what watercolor does when it first hits the page.  One of the illustrators at our last lunch paid me a complement about the sketches I capture in my book.  He said, ‘These little drawings are so fresh.  You don’t need anything more than that.”  I am trying to hang onto that thought when I begin to panic that my website is between worlds at the moment (old website/newer blog – still not finished!), or that I don’t seem to utilize things like hashtags and what nots as well as others seem to.  Or that all I do is sketch these days, with very little Finished Fine Art Work.  In the end, I can only do what I can do amidst this busy life of mine.  And so, below, are days 1-12 of my #Draw2013 experiment.  Today is Day 13, and I haven’t drawn/posted yet.  But I will.  Something, even if it’s small and quick.  For this is what our lives are made of.  Micromovements in the right direction.  And drawing every day is the direction I want to go.

Day 1  a quick sketch of iris, and it occurs to me, I should draw every day in 2013…. wonder if I can keep it up….

Day 2  Maddie gets her wisdom teeth out.  I do a quick sketch in the oral surgeon’s waiting room.

Day 3  Really enjoyed my time home over the holidays.  Got to spend time drawing a rather cuddly orange cat

Day 4  Idea sketching for some work I’m developing…

Day 5  Got to hang out with the girls for Epiphany.  Did a sketch as we ate, drank and were merry

Day 6  And so it’s back to the grind.  When much of my life is spent behind the wheel of the car taking kids to and fro.  This I captured outside the dance studio waiting for Maddie to finish up at class.

Day 7  Need to spend more time in Over The Rhine, downtown.  Beautiful old buildings!!  Alas, not much time to sketch this day so it was a quick one.

Day 8   Favorite thing to draw.  Dogs

Day 9   Studio day.  Drew the Ash Tree out back

Day 10  Drew some wasps in a next that my dear friend Arthur gave to me.  They were frozen by the chemical wasp killer.  

Day 11   Puppets.  All day.  But did manage a sketch and some art work in between!

Day 12   Went out to catch the Young Lions Jazz Quintet at Blue Wisp Jazz Club.  It was pretty dark, but I managed to capture a loose sketch.

I’ll keep you posted in the weeks to come with more drawings.  The lot of them will be up on my facebook page so you can follow them there.  What are your goals this New Year?  Remember that bite-sized micromovements are the best way to get things done!

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