The Creative License

I’ve been Working my way through The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory, and it has been a lot of fun slowing down and re-learning to really see what it is I am drawing. I was reading the other night while waiting for the wee one to go to sleep when I read this paragraph on page eleven and jumped up to get a pen and paper to write it down:

“Creativity doesn’t mean just making things up out of thin air. It means seeing and feeling the world so vividly that you can put together connections and patterns that help to explain reality.”

I am always thrilled beyond belief when a new experience connects with an idea I’ve jotted down in my sketchbook and brings that little piece to a whole. I have a piece called Lonely that features a close-up of a torso sort of swimming through a sea of red, and recently I spent some time sketching more figures in that same vein. I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to use them until I saw Good Gallery‘s April call for artists for a group show called May Day! Art About Disasters.

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Immediately I thought of these ladies, no longer floating aimlessly along in the moleskine tucked in my purse, but drifting slowly in a crystal clear ocean, an aftermath of global warming. I jumped into action and complete d the piece quite quickly with vivid pastels. I was pleased to find a home for a few random sketches while completing a piece that not only fit the theme of the show but could also stand alone on it’s own. Win-win!

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“It’s Quiet Underwater” © 2009 Lesley Atlansky

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