I Can’t Believe I’m About to Say This, But…

No Drawing or Painting Right Now

I plan on spending quality time with the catalog published by the Whitney Museum on Lyonel Feininger (Gaberndorf II, oil on canvas, 1924, 39 x 30.5).
I plan on spending quality time with the catalog published by the Whitney Museum on Lyonel Feininger (Gaberndorf II, oil on canvas, 1924, 39 x 30.5).

Take this time and don’t draw or paint. Okay, I was kind of thinking the world would end if I said it, but the apocalypse has not yet arrived, so let me explain. Right now, I’m tired. I’ve just finished a bunch of holiday traveling, did tons of family activities and events that were fun, but after all of it I’m a little worn out.

So instead of pushing myself to jump right back into the studio, drawing or painting like normal, I’m going to try a few different tactics to rejuvenate my artistic outlook for the new year, and I’m actually going to start by going to museums, galleries, open studios, art shops, and workshops—just as an observer.

I have several art catalogs sitting on my desk waiting for me to spend some quality time with them, and that isn’t something I can do when I have a lot of other pressing commitments, so this seems like a perfect opportunity to do a little skimming and page flipping, looking to see what catches my eye and what is appealing to me right now–and for future inspiration.

I want to do a few hours of brain dumping as well. I’m going to find a place to just sit, think, and write—about art that I’m seeing, art that I would love to make, and where I think contemporary art is heading.

A dear friend of mine, Alexandra Pacula, is also an exceptional painter. Represented by Gallery Henoch, she paints energy-filled canvases and I plan to impose myself on her in the studio very, very soon.
A dear friend of mine, Alexandra Pacula, is also an exceptional painter. Represented by Gallery Henoch, she paints energy-filled canvases and I plan to impose myself on her in the studio very, very soon.

I’m also spending a few hours simply watching other artists at work. I forgot how soothing and interesting that can be: seeing how a painter starts a painting, builds up layers, and tackles challenges of form and composition. I’m doing this both in person and with the help of the video workshops of ArtistsNetwork.tv.

In fact I’ve just finished watching Desmond O’Hagan’s Oil Painting: Light and Color. At times I tuned out the words (no offense, Desmond!!) and just watched the painting unfold. It definitely had the desired effect on me! I was itching to pick up a brush! So I think this time of “no painting or drawing” is really working! After the next few days of rejuvenating and learning new art techniques, I think I’ll be more than ready to get back to the studio with my creativity restored!

 

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

6 thoughts on “I Can’t Believe I’m About to Say This, But…

  1. As a Christmas present my family is taking me to the State Museum in Columbia, SC, particularly to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit. (Probably the one exhibit all ages will enjoy!) In fact, we leave in a few minutes to drive 2 hours! 🙂

  2. Courtney, I am glad your safe and sound??? Lol but I just want you to know all your hard work is greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to another year of surprises and exciting art stories and little helpful hints..relax and rest and enjoy. God Bless always . Darleene MacBay

  3. Courtney– you live in Virginia? The VMOCA is very near where I live and you have inspired me to get there as well. Maybe I’ll see you there. Thank you so much for all the great, fresh ideas you post for us every week.

    Ann in Hampton

  4. Hi Courtney,
    Happy Holidays to You! Thanks for another great year of wonderful Artist Daily Thoughts and inspirations! I love reading your knowledgeable and enthusiastic thoughts on the world of the artist.
    Enjoy your rejuvenation! Along the same lines,
    I plan to visit LACMA for some quality regrouping and art inspiration!
    Happy New Year! Lydia

  5. Hi Courtney,
    Happy Holidays to You! Thanks for another great year of wonderful Artist Daily Thoughts and inspirations! I love reading your knowledgeable and enthusiastic thoughts on the world of the artist.
    Enjoy your rejuvenation! Along the same lines,
    I plan to visit LACMA for some quality regrouping and art inspiration!
    Happy New Year! Lydia

  6. Hi Courtney,
    2017 Ihope to spend less time looking around observing and jump right back into the studio, drawing or painting more. Thanks for all your time and effort into Artiest Daily.Your work is so well done and professional. Happy New Year 🙂

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