Wednesday, 24 February 2010

SO MANY IDEAS........

The Swagger
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
Yesterday was a strange day the kind that I'm sure many artists have, you have work to do it's sitting there unfinished on the easel....making you feel guilty at not paying it any attention. I frittered yesterday away, well maybe not frittered away, it was constructive frittering. I spent the day looking through the mountain of reference photos I have looking for ideas (I love the one above showing that confident swagger of the Thoroughbred), it didn't really help cos now I have so many ideas running through my head it hurts....like a computer that's been crammed with so much information it stops working.....sigh. I do find comfort though in knowing through reading other blogs and indeed articles about better known artists than I, it's something we all go through. My head has cleared a little and I'm ready to get back to that which I've started knowing that even though the brain can carry the ideas the body only has two hands...smile. Have fun today thinking, dreaming and maybe even doing some art.

8 comments:

Cheryl Pass said...

Unfortunately I have this problem too frequently....brain overload! Sometimes I have so many ideas that it's hard to pick which direction to take. And then my brain gets exhausted from the sorting process and I have to just take a break. So maybe you just need a short break, cup of tea, power nap, a day off, ???
Your photos and paintings are lovely Elizabeth...I'm sure whichever subject you pick for your next attempt will be great!!

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Thanks for the encourgement Cheryl, I should be glad that I have so much to choose from would be worse if it were the other way :)

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Great shot and I can well see why there is an idea overload. Creative minds tend to do that. Get back to the jockeys squares and then you'll be able to start swaggering...:D

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Thanks Sheona, your so right :) think I gave myself a bit of an overload. Did a quick study of horse this afternoon to help with the withdrawl symptoms lol and will be back to my wee jockey!

L. D. Burgus said...

I followed an artist on pbs, Clark, a watercolorist, who show himself on the show tearing watercolor paper for paintings and moving books around and glancing at magazines. He actually gave it a name, saying we all need to tear paper for awhile before we start.

Linda Shantz said...

I love shots like this too, Elizabeth - I'd like to do a whole series of them! We are pretty fortunate to be able to get such great reference photos to work from. But I do get the overload! Sometimes it's just like there's so much to do, you don't know where to start...and end up doing nothing! Glad you got beyond that though! Love the bay mare.

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Might be quite relaxing Larry lol

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

That's exactly how I feel at the moment Linda, like getting let loose in a chocolate factory lol. Yep enjoyed doing the wee study :)