Saturday, May 22, 2010

Writers Unblock

I'm sure everyone has heard of writers block, where an author just can't get started writing. The same thing happens with artists. You just can't get started drawing, painting, sculpting.

But what do you call it when you can't stop drawing and painting? Ever since I picked up the Faber-Castell 'Pitt Artist Pen-Brushes' about a week ago I can't stop. Drawings keep pouring out. I think part of this is that I really can't work long on them. They are small, 6x9 inches, and they won't take that much work without becoming just dark blobs. The other thing I think is that I find myself very comfortable with them, even though I've already run into some of their limitations. Oddly enough I hated these when I first bought them 3-4 years ago. The point of the marker was just too broad for my comfort. Who knows why I like them now?

But that is the nature of life I think. Our tastes change. We'd all be happier if we admitted it instead of thinking that we needed to hold the same view on something throughout our life.

In any case above are two Least Sandpipers and three Glossy Ibises, one with two Canada Geese dominating the picture. All were seen on our trip to the Cape May, NJ area a couple of weeks ago.


Debbie Drechsler said...

Hi Ken, I always look forward to seeing what you're up to and I love the work you're doing with the markers! How wonderful that they have suddenly become your best art friends!

Ken Januski said...

Thanks Debbie,

Yes it is a great surprise to me to find that I like the markers when I was so disappointed in them years ago. But things do change!

I'm currently working on a pencil illustration. I'm sure that I'll be very happy to get back to the markers after this.