Hello all! Just a little recap of the art-events of the summer as we head into autumn! I was hard at work throughout preparing for or selling my wares at the Orleans Artist Cottages in Orleans, on Cape Cod. I spent a week there over the Fourth of July, and then another one just a week or so ago over Labor Day. Both were great! I had fun spending time talking to all the folks browsing and buying, and was buoyed by a great group of fellow artist-vendors. Thanks to you all for being such a supportive community, and to the Cottages staff for the opportunity to be there.
I really enjoyed talking art with both customers and artists, and had a great time drawing and giving free short drawing lessons to passers-by. I really like this venue because it allows me to have conversations with all sorts of people about art. I gave free drawing lessons and did drawing demonstrations while I was there in order to engage the community. I use an exercise for both where I draw with various simple drawing tools taped to the ends of 3-ft sticks, and making a mess of marks, and then free associating and making the marks into something by adding color and tone and additional linework. It is a fantastic exercise for breaking old habits, loosening up, making new kinds of marks (the foundation of drawing!), and generally breaking oneself out of perfectionism, tightness, and all of the other things that inhibit creativity. Kids love it, as do people who think they cannot draw. It's also a hit with art teachers and artists. Try it... you'll like it! At some point, I'd love to develop a workshop that uses these kinds of exercises to teach drawing and creative practice.
A drawing I did during my Labor Day week(end) sale/show at the Cottages. Unlike the bird in the photo below, this one did not resolve into something completely recognizable. I chose to leave it ambiguous. Which is one of the things that is so great about art ... it can be whatever it darned well wants to be.
Melinda Nettles, proprietor of LEAN2creativeworks, an independent art and illustration studio located in the Cape Cod town of Eastham, Massachusetts.