Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Flying Girl Adapts to New Worlds, or Fish Lessons

Flying Girl Adapts to New Worlds, or Fish Lessons
003/100 in 100 06/03/09
Golden Fluid Acrylics, Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils on Moleskine paper, 5x8"

I like this one. I don't know if you can tell, but her dress is a green tinted silver, actually like fish scales. I imagine that she has transformed from her sea going fish self into a girl, getting ready to walk around on the land.

Interestingly, this is my second flying girl painting where fishes give lessons. I do not know what that is about.

But I do know that the idea comes from the Illustration Friday prompt, "adapt" which was not enough to give me an idea, so I took a prompt from my 100 in 100 word prompts and combined the two prompts for my picture. Those prompts are coming in handy for me. I will start the tiles so that any who want a set can have their own.

Another thing I wanted to bring up is related to adaptation.

As we begin this creative journey, we are learning our way as we go. I had an email from a 100er (does that nick name work? mmm maybe not) and she told me she had started her creating, but did not have things together yet to post to her blog. Just like I don't quite have it together yet to get the side bar up. Sorry about that.

But it's not about being sorry, actually. It's about creating your life to feed into your creative habit. It's going to take a while to find the timing and details that will make it all come smoothly. It's going to take experimentation with different schedules. We will discover our best times to create. We will discover the things that enable us to capture our ideas, or the things that get the inspiration flowing. We will discover the difficulties that get in our way. Perhaps we will discover that we need to declare ourselves artists, carve out time for our own work in an already full day, or learn to say no to other people so they, and we, can take our creativity seriously.

The thing we should recognize right now is that we don't need to know any of it. Not right now. We don't need to be at the end of the journey at the beginning of it. We don't need to have it all figured out when we first ask the questions. We don't need to know it all when we first start our inquiry... in fact, if we think we already know what it should be, we won't be as open to what it actually is.

We want to be unsure. We want to be scared. We want to say, who knows?

It's exciting.

Who will you be when you allow yourself to create as a matter of course. What fears will you face down? What burdens will you lay down? What hills will you climb up. What heights will you reach for?

Ooooh. Goosebumps.

7 comments:

Sweet-Lemmon said...

Lovely post and the art is quite beautiful. <3

Rui Sousa said...

Really nice one, a really great interpretation about the subject!
Regards


THE TEMPORARY

Noelle said...

This is a lovely piece...very magical and dreamy.

aquamaureen said...

I love that Flying Girl has one tip-toe on land: she's adventuring into new territory. And somehow, she looks taller than ever . . .

Yesyesyes to all you say about the creative process. BANISH whatever it is that says something is "not good enough". That's why I committed myself to posting EVERY SINGLE DAY, so that I didn't allow myself to choose if a piece merited "showing."

The worst, and most persistent, of all my critics is the woman in the mirror. But not for long.

Michelle | When I Grow Up Coach said...

I love this piece Rowena, and your thoughts that go along with it. As a career coach for creatives, I always support my clients in taking that one tiny little itty bitty baby step that takes them moving. Some decide to leap instead, and others take me up on the small shuffle. Either way, they're moving forward!

Greg Hartman said...

The color of green is magical in itself! Paired with the blues and color of her hair really makes it "pop". Nice work.

Anonymous said...

thank you- my friend shared this with me today.

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