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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

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I stepped away from my art table for awhile - the Muse had flown the coop...pens sat untouched...paint unopened...not even the junk mail inspired me ;-)

Then one day I visited the blog of one of my favorite O.C. girls - Pilar Pollock - and when I saw her painting of "Alma" - the female singer in a garage band...INSPIRATION struck!

The last time I sketched and painted women faces was waaaaay back in high school. Yes, it was waaaaay back in 1965-1968. And so I began to sketch, and then get out the paint and pens and all sorts of wonderous things to create backgrounds with ;-)

And the BEST thing is...
I am having FUN...just working in my visual journal for ME.

So, THANK YOU Pilar ...for unknowingly lifting that veil of artist's block...you ROCK homegirl!




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15 Comments:

  • At 7:01 PM , Anonymous ginny said...

    You certainly did break the block! Great work.

     
  • At 7:29 PM , Blogger BellaKarma said...

    Marissa and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these girls!!! They are a gazillion times more vibrant in person!

     
  • At 9:18 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    ginny - thank you so much!
    bellakarma - aw, shucks ;-)

     
  • At 10:37 PM , Anonymous Pilar said...

    These gals are so awesome! I love them! Each one is a universe on her own. I love what you did with their features and eyes. Very, very cool. Thanks for the kind words you had to say about me and my work.xoxoxoxooxox

     
  • At 10:44 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Pilar - all my compliments to you were well deserved and from the heart...

    Glad you got a kick out of the girls in my 'hood...LOL!

     
  • At 10:48 AM , Blogger Garden Painter Art said...

    Jolene:

    Your new pieces are fabulous! How refreshing to just journal for yourself. I've been in a slump for 6 months or so, and I still can't find my way out.

    Kim
    Garden Painter Art

     
  • At 1:59 PM , Anonymous marita said...

    girls in the hood ;)) they all look so vibrant and happy, just lovely mixtures of colors and textures jolene. to me it's looking back to the late '60 and early '70.
    i noticed all of them have curly hair!! ;))

     
  • At 10:12 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Garden Painter Art, Kim - thank you! Have you ever kept a visual journal....just to PLAY in? It might be just the 'thing' to get you out of the slump. Stay in touch and let me know how you're doing!

    Marita - girls in the hood...you've got that right! Thanks for the compliment on them. I did want to capture a 60s - 70s feel, so glad you picked up on that! Yeah, they do have curly hair...LOL...I just like drawing swirly-q's.. :)

     
  • At 7:17 AM , Blogger LadyTulip said...

    Check these girls out!! Wow, you really made me feel like "back in the day.." -- I'd draw things with swirly-curlies an' my brother an' sister said it was junk...shows what they know!!

    Lauri

     
  • At 10:04 AM , Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

    Refinding ones muse......oh, that's such fun. I did it in Venezia last week :-)

     
  • At 12:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    MamaMija! Those are spicy-HOT pages! I absolutely love the colors and details you've given your homegirls! SOCOOL! Please continue to give your journal the "abodonza" it craves. I can tell you've been bottling up your creativity for too long. Beautiful. Stunning. WOW!
    Linda

     
  • At 4:44 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Lauri, Britt-Arnhild, Linda...thank you all so much -- for visiting and for being so supportive :)

     
  • At 8:40 AM , Anonymous linda woods said...

    WOW! I am so impressed with your art! I love all the colors and compositions.

     
  • At 5:40 PM , Anonymous plumcrafty said...

    Wow! Amazing, you certainly don't do art by halfs. :D

    xxKate

     
  • At 7:37 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Linda Woods - all I can do is show you my silly grin :-) Thank You!

    plumcrafty, Kate - I have never heard it said that way -- love the way you express yourself...Thank You!

     

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