Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! I suppose you thought you would never hear from me again. Let’s just say, I am glad 2015 is over. And I decided 2016 was going to be different, better! And that my creativity must have a place in my life. I must make it a priority instead of trying to find space for it around all of my other responsibilities. It will still be challenging.
I put Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert on hold many months ago, and lucky me, I started reading it in December – just in time for the new year. I found her book to be inspiring and the kick-in-the-pants that I needed. In case you don’t know, Big Magic is a book about creativity. Not only did she explain how creativity works – a lot of hard work and…, but she also gently destroyed some of our creative excuses for not being creative. I am going to have to buy this book.
One of the issues she mentioned is the money trap. I do think about that. If people do not buy my work, how will I continue to create? I finally decided that if I ran out of all of my supplies, specifically my pastels, I should still be able to afford paper and graphite.
While in my local art supply store, United Art and Education, I recently discovered water-soluble graphite pencils. Oh my goodness! I thought it would be just the most fun. And it was! One of the reasons I didn’t particularly care for graphite was because of the small tip, the pencil point, from which I had to do all of the shading. I know about graphite sticks, but I just wasn’t into the shading. Now I could use a brush and water to quickly fill in. One excuse now eliminated. Ironically, using water-soluble graphite didn’t make the drawing process go any more quickly. There was still a lot of mental activity going on there. I learned that water-soluble graphite doesn’t erase well, even with an electric eraser. For those of you who heard me say that I would never own one – yes, I finally bought an electric eraser. Additionally, I was dealing with the process of letting my work dry between layers of application. I really liked the texture of the smooth water-soluble graphite next to the texture of regular graphite.
Note: The pencils that I bought didn’t erase well. I have since learned about Lyra water-soluble graphite sticks that claim they don’t stain and are erasable. I intend to get some.
I did do some digital erasing to add some highlights.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– Francis of Assisi