My daughter stood still for a scribbled portrait some month ago. She was so excited that I could really do this, that she made me draw a portrait of her. Of course it is a very rough sketch. I know my little one. One second she is all sincere and tries to be patient, the next second she is gone playing more interesting stuff than sitting still for her Mama.
In the weeks before my birthday I begin to think about my life - family - work and everything more deeply every year. Sometimes it's just a recap of everything, sometimes it's more deeply. After so many changes last year it's not easy to do everyday what I have done repeatetly over the last years. I love my work, but I used to love it more and it kind of seems to be......
Whenever I feel a little bit stuck with my work (the I-don't-know-where-to-start-so-I-look-at-it-from-every-angle-everytime-of-the-day-and-wonder-what-to-do-first kind of stuck) I get back into the saddle easier by starting something new. Something that was lingering in my mind for months. I have to admit, that I was scared off by this geometric animal thing. I don't know why, but some nasty voice in my heard always told me I wasn't good enough at drawing to pull that kind of thing off. After reading a nice essay yesterday, I decided to take the (actually small) leap and give it a try. I absolutely love the look of animals looking straight in your eyes, so that was settled and the lion as a motif was sort of a courage thing, if you know what I mean ;)...
- paper goods to stamp on (envelopes, notebooks, craft paper)
- acryl paint
- paint brush + something to mix your colors on (I use a small cutting board for this)
- stamp carving rubber or a big rubber eraser
- carving tools and a cutter
- a glass of water
- a pencil