These are a few studies based on the self-assignment "Make Something Interesting Out Of A Not So Interesting Photo". Just like the farmhouse studies, the photo was reduced to a four value, black and white image so I couldn't possibly cheat. All of the colors and values had to be dredged up from the imaginative depths of Right Brain.
Funny what happens when you have to throw away the safety nets and are forced to dust off an atrophied imagination. I wouldn't have thought twice about this exercise when I was a kid; I would have happily applied a rainbow of color without a second thought. Now as an adult, the idea is met with a bit of trepidation, and a feeling of floundering around, looking for a lifeline. I wonder when I lost that devil-may-care creative childhood spark. Oh well. Best not to test the water, just jump in with both feet and start splashing around.
Just like doing the Zentangle Polar Bear, these studies became a little freer and easier as I went along. I could just picture my decrepit Imagination, slowly getting up out of a rocking chair, slightly bent over, joints creaking, then stretching a bit and loosening up. I hope for the day when, just like in childhood, my Imagination is dancing a jig.