Friday, July 9, 2010


This is something I'm experimenting with. You may have seen the earlier version here. I was never happy with it. Here's the newest version. Not sure if it's quite what I was hoping for.

As artists, we all continue to push ourselves towards something indefinable. Sometimes this process is just a natural progression. Other times is a lingering feeling of dissatisfaction and discomfort. A feeling that something's just not quite right. A desire for change. A sense of boredom in doing the same old same old. I've felt this a lot lately. I feel like I've done as much as I can in my current style. Part of it is practical, color pencil is a slow process. Part of it is feeling that I want to loosen up more. Lose control a bit. I'm just in the beginning of this process and I have no idea where it's going. It's a very uncomfortable place to be, but it's a necessary part of the creative process. One of the advantages of not having "made it" yet, is that I'm not locked into anything. I'm taking full advantage of this.

What is this experience been like for you?


  1. Hi Laura,
    I think this is a common and in fact healthy thing for artists. It means you are always pushing yourself to do better and not doing something just because it is easy or "known". Once you do that then you lose the spark and passion and i think that would show in your work.

    I think that for someone like you who already has a fairly distinct style, even trying new media like this, it's still going to be "you".

    For me i feel like I am constantly changing and changing again. I'm trying now just to stick with one thing for a while to attain some level of aptitude with it!

    It's fun though - there's so much to explore, so many things to try, ways to evolve. it's all about enjoying the journey in the end, isn't it?

    good luck! :-)

  2. Hi Laura,
    I am thoroughly enjoying getting caught up with your blog. Wonderful, light and informative. This post struck a chord. I too can relate to the change. I haven't picked up a sketch pencil, markers or paint since earning my BFA in 1993. Now, I am tugged, pulled, called and cajoled daily to be creative.

    I am ever mindful that I must be willing to 'play' and listen to that inner ear that says when some line or other just isn't right.

    I have yet to break open the watercolors because I am scared. Scared? Such a silly feeling to associate with creativity.

    I can so clearly see my vision, it is just daunting to translate it onto the page.

    Thank you for your candor and willingness to share. And, good luck exploring your new processes.


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