A Familiar Motif
There are days when I have the luxury of a full hour lunch break with great weather, everything you want to have an easy sketching experience and all I have to do is find the inspiration – however for some reason it eludes me. Instead my mind is full of doubts, and nothing peaks my interest…
At these times I go back to what I am most comfortable with, something I have focused on before, something familiar. This is helpful, because once I start to focus on the familiar I am then able to be creative and put a pause on indecision. Through drawing and observing, something wonderful happens my mindset goes from focusing on the difficulties and the possible feels so much more plausible.
This little watercolor sketch of a slate roof was just familiar enough to get me out of a funk in May. I am pretty familiar with the typical brick rowhouse architecture that is present in a number of DC neighborhoods. For last summer I would spend my early mornings before getting to work sketching and chronicling the LeDroit Park neighborhood. (here is an interesting blog of a rowhouse renovation) Here are some of the sketches that came out of my jaunts into this area of DC. I always seem to go back to observing architecture and/or people when I am at a loss of selecting any other subject to sketch or paint. How and what do you do to get out of a creative funk?