Painted waterlilies yesterday at the Israel Museum, for a change. Way too often I find myself rushing through the day in an attempt to finish everything that I set out to do. Painting outdoors forces me to sit still and study something for much longer than I would normally do at any other time. I was amazed to discover a whole mini-world in this murky little pond, with flaming-red goldfish and a frog-prince tugging at the waterlily stems from below the surface. A waterlily opened to the sun before my eyes. The combination of soft pinks, greens and yellows was so soothing that I was immediately able to block out the surrounding view of staff on break, tourists and young children, although their presence was felt and heard and contributed to the overall atmosphere of nature`s startling beauty.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Chana Devorah and I returned to the Israel Museum this week to visit our little pond. The frog (alleged ruler of this little kingdom) even graced us with his presence and posed for my drawing for as long as he could bear it, until finally disappearing into the depths below... (I think the queen called him.)
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
Luckily, I have come to the realisation that I am not a machine, and the working day does not have to be stacked with stuff in every available nook and cranny. So that`s taken atleast 20 pounds of "artist`s guilt" off my shoulders (Was I the first to coin that expression? It seems so prevalent, that who knows...?)Thought for the day: Eric Maisel, the famed American psychotherapist and creative coach, suggests an interesting method to get yourself going: 'Pick a time today to create. When that time arrives, say to yourself, "I am a wild, passionate, energetic creature!" Shout it out, if you dare. Work in a frenzy of creative energy.' - I`ll have to try it but I dare not shout it out loud...
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Monday, June 16, 2008
But here I am again, determined to keep this blog going after a year`s absence... Somehow the creative juices are running again. Been drawing outdoors a lot recently, in the Old City and elsewhere. The Old City is the most fun but also the most challenging because there`s so much going on and everything is so picture-perfect that one has a hard time deciding on what to do first. Hopefully this time I will not fade into oblivion as I did before...
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