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Old 08-07-2019, 10:21 AM
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Welcome to AUGUST?? How did that happen? Life continues to be no less busy, as evidenced by the first of the month screaming past me again.
I have completely given up on keeping up with my garden beds. I didn't mulch in the spring, and with all the rain, the weed grasses are having their way with my yard. So be it. With age comes letting go of some of the things that just don't rise to the top of the priority list. While I do love summer, I always look forward to fall, which, I imagine, will be here before I know what hit me. I hope all is well for all of you!
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Hello everyone.

I was never much of a chatter.

Good to hear I'm not the only one giving up on plucking the weeds, Elaine

It's August now and I come to realize I have been in my new job for almost a year. This was a major change and I still have not decided if it was a positive one for several reasons. One of them being, I have not really drawn since I started this new job. I can't decide if it's because of the job or because of my niece asking for a drawing of her cat (which is now gone).

You see, I was churning out flower drawings on the florals forum here every month almost for a couple of years, plus a few others more seriously thought through for friends. And, well, felt I needed a change. So I asked my niece what she wanted. I'm not a portrait artist. I manage through painful trial and error. I did manage to get 2 decent graphite sketches out and gave one to her. But I couldn't do the colored one, no matter how much I tried. I get overly judgy, screw up the proportion, mess up.

And well, less time as well, and high ambitions. I figured I'd work on something else, but the only ideas that come up are too complicated and not exciting enough to keep myself motivated. I revert to step by step drawing which used to reassure me, but now I feel like they confirm I'm a copy specialist and not an artist.

I'm thinking I'll put my drawing stuff away. It's gathering dust in the living room.

Have you guys ever felt empty? I thought I had found a way to commit. I was drawing every day and felt great only for doing it. Now, I feel that I just confirm my lack of creativity, technical ability,
and imagination...

Anyway, I just figured you guys would understand. Others around me don't really get it. Thanks for reading. Felt good to get it off my chest. I may try something this week end. We'll see what happens.
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Re: Outside the Lines Chat Thread ~ August 2019

Hello Ladysue,
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I'm fairly new to Wetcanvas but not so new in real life.

Your post resonates with me, especially your comments on "creativity, technical ability, and imagination". Berating ourselves is just too easy and I'm guilty of doing this as well. If Wetcanvas has taught me anything in the years I have been reading the forums, it's that there are more varieties of artists than there are plants in the meadows!

Botanical artists that painstakingly and lovingly "copy" nature's gifts and create a window to that world, to the abstract artist that uses knowledge and imagination to create a series of shapes and forms that make us stop and think.

Technical ability we develop. Our creativity and imagination 'muscles' we develop also, in our own way. Maybe packing away your art supplies for awhile isn't a bad idea, give yourself a rest. At the same time pat yourself on the back for creating a graphite work of your niece's beloved pet and giving her that gift.

Then again.... maybe haul those drawing supplies out and put them to work on whatever gives you satisfaction. It is hard to fight your way past the empty feeling. Know, however, you have many fellow artists that do understand.

Whatever you decide, wishing you a fun weekend!



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Re: Outside the Lines Chat Thread ~ August 2019

We have had the hottest July on record. The weeds are doing fine and I can't stir myself to go out into the garden to dig them out. The ground is like concrete so just trying to pull them out doesn't work. Some of the weeds have pretty flowers so I have decided to let them be and just enjoy their weedy blossoms. For the past three years I have become engrossed in Zentangle. Their motto is " there are no mistakes, only opportunities". We can't apply that to art. If an eye is wrong, it is wrong. But, if you have an art slump, Sue, try Zentangle. It may inspire you to get your art supplies out again and it is quite relaxing to sit and draw patterns.
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Thanks guys! I knew you'd understand!
Vena, I'll have a look at Zentangle.

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Re: Outside the Lines Chat Thread ~ August 2019

Sue, if you look up Margaret Bremner Enthusiastic Artist you will find some beautiful Zentangle. She is now selling her Zentangle art at the Vancouver artists market. It is amazing what beautiful creations can be made with patterns.
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Re: Outside the Lines Chat Thread ~ August 2019

I have been in the same boat, I planted in March the summer veggies and the weather didn't help, it was mild or cold, I end up with very little growth 3 months later.
But researching YouTube I discovered people have a lot of success with the Kratkin method, no soil, only water and nutrients, no pumps, just a tub a hole to hold the plant in a cup and the water will last the whole growing season.
im 81 and it's hard to garden the conventional way, so I'm growing now micro greens and lettuces.
Check it out, search for hydroponics or Kratky method, grow micro greens in a dollar store containers like a 6x6 plastic tub, or in a soda bottle.
I hope it will help you with your gardening.
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Re: Outside the Lines Chat Thread ~ August 2019

I can't believe the month is coming to an end and I am posting for the first time...!

The talk about feeling blocked and not being able to go ahead, even on "downsizing" really got to me. Hubby went through a brief hospital stay with a follow-up of a whole month of allergic rash reaction to an antibiotic (for the 3rd time???!!!), a lot of coughing, weight loss and longer periods of sleep. Life has been hard...

I can relate to Loulop, having reached my 82 by now. I wish I would have enough incentive to try hydroponic gardening. Just making something GROW would make me happy!

Thank you all for being here. I'll keep on pushing myself every day, I promise. I have had a botanical basic drawing almost ready to be transferred to my good paper, and it is "calling" me every day...
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I have seen the two first nature signs of the Fall coming!!! I have a perennial Ledwort with its great blue flowers open already, and I have seen Goldenrod becoming quite yellow. Later on the Ledwort leaves turn red...

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