i’d love to be able to capture my feeling and place it into the opening of this post because i’d love to share with a feeling of uplift, hope, optimism and all round head nodding pleasure.
you might have read my previous post – it was quite personal and heavy going – so if you haven’t read it stay with this one there’s way more good stuff coming your way.
i stare out the window at a blue sky with wispy white cloud and the buildings and trees below the sky defined by crisp contrast.
this week has seen me make a couple of images i feel really pleased with and i’m excited to share them …
the first – made yesterday – is a no looking drawing made in 30 seconds of the person i was looking at. it was part of an exercise on praise within a training day i attended.
the task of drawing without looking at what you’re drawing is something i’ve come across before – it’s probably something we’ve all done at some point and for differing reasons.
yesterday we made this task quite soon after lunch – i was full, happy and feeling relaxed. maybe because i’d done this style of drawing before i had some insight into how to spatially place my marks on the post-it note. the scale of the drawing made this spatialisation easier.
having completed it and being invited to look at what i’d drawn – i was thrilled to see my drawing of the man sat in front of me.
there comes a time within playing where the play moves onto to having more meaning. my coding of a means to create a digital drawing has started to move towards being more meaningful this week. in part driven by preparing for a session i’m delivering later in the summer and in part by a need to be able to interact with the skin and bone trio.
i reflect that quite often i will play for hours coding and saving images and fall short of taking that play onto something more meaningful. in practice terms this might be a workflow thing or me simply being in a headspace that negates the play i’m engaged in. solitary play making it difficult to appreciate what it is i’ve created.
i read workflow and inside i’m screaming ! the play hasn’t lit me up to the point of making my insides sing – this is after all what play can do – its the part of play that takes us to the next stage of learning.
i made this a couple of weeks ago.
it’s one outcome from playing with code to make a square. what i didn’t fully realise at the time was that despite making this something inside didn’t feel right. thus i held back sharing the image or any of the variants i made. i do wonder if i can use facebook more to share my various playings. hang on though – my facebook artist page is incredibly difficult to feel at one with – thus i tend to ignore it. maybe i can play more with it …
there has been a shift in my thinking this week and for the better. i’ve been feeling good when looking at what i’ve made and its a happy return to this feeling.
this image has helped me believe this week.
– – – i’ve started to listen for the singing.