Making and Re-MakingJuly 30, 2018 by Linda A. Miller
I recently found more old student artwork, missed when cleaning out several years ago. It was interesting to see this work from my early years. Some I documented before letting it go, while keeping a selection of formative sketchbooks that showed a progression of skills.
Back then I drew constantly, observing family, friends, and myself. Drawing also from television, photos, and in public venues (including airport departure lounges in the pre-TSA days), all the while developing the 10,000 hours of skill building. It was a time of less responsibilities. Reflecting on how I use my time now, there are many other priorities and non-priorities that can get in the way. Yet spending some time each day making, even in small increments, deepens my appreciation of the process. This is part of the reason I do stitch meditations. The other reason is I love to create. I encourage you to make something, too!
A gallery of early self portraits:
Re-making of old and new:
For this last piece I cut up some of my old business cards, assorted papers and lino print (seen above) to create a mosaic-like image.
Food for thought from a related Painter’s Key post: In Praise of Drawing
“We consume drawings rather than make them. There are easier ways to collect images than to draw them.”
Tags: creative process, drawing, Painter's Keys, reflection, self portrait