A rough sketch of some painting tools.

I dug this sketch out of the bin. It ended there along with many others I’m lately not happy with. I feel in an awful slump and nothing seems to work..everything is either too “pretty”, or too perfect or it is just plain bad art. I struggle to find that exciting stroke, or that exciting subject, or even the right medium. I work on small tiny papers and do small tiny challenges. I am in need of freedom and uninhibited expression. I know what I want and what I don’t want..or do I?

I wonder if art can go through menopause…in which case, that is where I would say my art is right now. Going through menopause. I hope it passes soon.

the first one is just pencil contour lines and then of course I didn’t like it and thought colour and pen would make it look better…

painting tools-001…just to realize it doesn’t look better, nor worse.

watercolor, pencil and pen on watercolor block, HP, 18x26cm

painting tools 2-001So. The solution is probably just to carry on and maybe consider not throwing out the awful ones. They should stay with us strive for better, or different, ot both.

à bientôt

Ronelle

9 Comments

  1. Just seen this on face book. I like it, I think you are too hard on your self. My problem at the moment is finding a subject. Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book and just sketch Or paint what I see before me , or through the window.

  2. Oh my goodness! You have taken my thoughts and put them here in writing! Everything, including myself, feels like menopause and nothing I do seems to be right! I think you may be a bit like me though, too hard on ourselves. I love this drawing and sketch and I would be thrilled out of my mind if I had done it. I love your loose, exciting style. Everything I have done lately is overworked and boring from my drawings to my hairstyle! haha Hang in there. This too shall pass…. xo~

    1. Your sketch is nice, even nicer with color. We are our own worse critics. I have just recently started to sketch and paint and I never like what I’ve done although everyone else says it’s good. It’s been difficult for me to decide what to try next also. Keep at it your very talented.

  3. I am in a slump, too, Ronelle. The February Blahs… Bu I like your sketch. Your colors and strokes are always exciting to me and make me want to get up and splash in my own paint. Maybe I will. 🙂 Thank you, dear Ronelle. Hope you feel better soon.

    1. Welcome to the club annie. We have to hang in there..pretty soon the days will brighten up. I say that to myslf every morning!

      Ronelle

      Myfrenchkitchen

      Coin Perdu

      Africantapestry

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  4. I think it’s the January/Feb blues and many of us have a slump after the Christmas period. I’ve not even lifted a pen since I flew back from UK and cross with myself, but know I will 😛

    I’m glad you continued, the colour version is lovely.

    1. Thanks SueOh yes, February is my worst monthjust want to sleep it out anda t the moment it is particulatrly wet, flooding everywjhere, dark, ..ergh..

      Ronelle

      Myfrenchkitchen

      Coin Perdu

      Africantapestry

      Caf des artistes

      _____

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