Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cones of Learning

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. 


Murr Brewster said...

You know, I drop in frequently, drool a little, and never leave a comment. I should really have myself spanked. I'll bet I can find someone on Craig's List.

debwardart said...

I think Studies 4 and 5 ARE "jiggin"!! And they all look like FUN!

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

Well after I got done laughing at Murr Brewster´s comment:) I can start typing ....I just love your pinecone variations.......wonderful color.
I wonder how much Murr is going to have to pay,,,you know they say you can find anything on Craig´s List.

Bruce Docker said...

The cones of learning are magical. I like these more than our old friend, the well used bear.

RHCarpenter said...

Another challenge - you are always expanding your reach and I love watching.

Lisa Walsh said...

LOL Murr! And as long as you're on Craig's List, I'm sure you can also find someone who's into drooling.

They were fun, Deb. And is it "jiggin", or "jiggy"? I don't have kids, so I don't have a clue.

Cynnie, if you like a healthy dose of hearty laughter, check out Murr's blog. I guarantee grins, giggles, and guffaws. I just have pine cones.

Hi Bruce, and thanks. Well, we all have to branch out and try new subjects sometimes. :D

Hi Rhonda. I thought it was an interesting subject, with good light and shadow and lost edges.

Margaret Bednar said...

Haven't been here in a while but love your pine cones and sketches below. Fun ... you seem to always be having fun!