Time Away

I have spent the last couple days wondering about what direction I wanted to take this blog.  I am still  not sure.  This entry is probably going to jump around from one thought to another as things pop up in my mind.  During the time I was away, I read a book from cover to cover in a day, something I haven’t done in a while.  I worked a full time job, that I love going to, but felt drawn to find ways to sneak time to draw in my drawing pad.  I finished two more pictures, started a third for my staff members for Christmas (this is the last one for my staff- and I am procrastinating putting on the colors).  I began drawing and planning 7 more for family members and signing on for a new commissioned piece.  A Pig for my sister Joy, Peter-built Truck for her husband Mel, Dolphin for my sister Roseann, Turtle for my son Alan, Hot Air Balloon for my mom, something undecided for my son Adam and a custom design for my husband.  I am hoping to have all of these finished by Christmas.  And for the most part, I should be able to since they usually only take about 4 days to do.  But I have been procrastinating a little and time is slipping away.  I have been busy, and for now the writing bug seems to have left me.  The drawing bug has really kicked it.  I shared a couple of my drawings with my son Adam – he took art classes all through high school – and he sent me back a message “Those look really good! Your drawing is getting really good mom :)”  I wish there was more time in a day to do all the things I want to do.

It seems that the majority of the pictures that I am creating are based on Bible verses.  I have used John 15:5, John 3:16, and Hebrews 13:5.  These were all the favorite verses for the person that I drew the picture for.  And for those verses the designs were all different crosses.  I am getting ready to use 2 Corinthians 5:17 on a custom pick-guard for my husbands guitar and Romans 4:7-8 for my son Adam.  I have had one of the staff members that I created a cross for ask me if I had had any other requests for specialized crosses.  I had to say, no, not yet.  I have found that part of my problem with getting requests and that even though I scan them and have access to a digital copy, there is something to be desired in seeing the actual picture.  The vibrancy of the colors and the shininess of the glitter gel ink just does not come through in a scan.

One of the ways that I was able to get the commission I will be starting on is that I had my staff pictures that I finished still on hand so that she could actually see a completed picture.  I can’t wait to get started on it.  She will be giving me pictures of her horse so that I can base some of the colors on the horses colors.  This is going to be interesting, I may need to go out and buy some more pens.  I saw some recently that were sepia colors…so very tempting.

I am not doing a commissioned piece for my husband, but it will be very customized.  I am going to be putting my designs on the white pick-guard part of his fender stratocaster.  I have been doing to some research to find out what types of media will be needed to draw on plastic and what type of sealant to use to prevent it from getting scratched up through use.  Totally out of my realm of knowledge.

Okay so I said earlier that the writing bug has seemed to have left me, but here I am rambling on.  I really have decided that I want to keep writing on here, but I will probably be writing at unscheduled times.  I won’t be writing every day, (sometimes I will depending on the topic that had demands my writing attention) but I promise that I won’t let it sit here unused for weeks on end.  The reason I say this is that I tried to do those daily story prompts, but found that I didn’t want to feel forced to write about a specific topic that all the people that subscribed to that prompt site were writing on also.  To me that really felt like being in school and having to do a paper explaining the why of whatever.  That just felt forced to me and not creative…I want to explore my creativity more but on my own terms.

So until next time when I feel a need to ramble through my thoughts, have a wonderful creative time.  Take time away from your own computers to just be creative, spend time with your family, have quiet time with nothing to do but reflect on the blessings that you have had in your day.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tric
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 04:15:11

    I have read some super blogs by artists who showcase their work through their blog. You should think about it, you never know who could see it or where it might lead you. You could use this blog or begin afresh. I’m sure anyone reading would be curious to see what you create.
    Enjoy whatever you do.
    Until next time……



    • CharleneMcD
      Sep 18, 2013 @ 08:19:22

      Thank you. I have posted some of my pictures on here in the category “My Drawings”. I will be posting the ones that I have drawn for my staff but have to wait until after I give them to them at Christmas. I will add some more of the ones that I made for family in the next few days. However, I think I will stick with the one blog for now. Already feeling spread too thin with all the things I am doing, don’t want the worry of another blog. Thank you again. 🙂



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