Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Thoughts on Patience

These were all done really quickly and probably took longer to scan and save than to draw! I'm beginning to doubt my ability to concentrate for long periods of time. I really admire artists who spend a long time on their artwork, refining it and therefore ending up with an equisite piece of work. I'd like to do that but after many years of having small children around, I'm still in the habit of rushing to finish all the time. I need to retrain myself to have more patience and to accept that it's possible for a piece to take longer to make.

How do you like to work?


Buskitten said...

Hi Jessie!
Lovely drawings - I don't think it matters if the drawings are done quickly, it's the essential quality of them which counts. All your work is exqisite, and I really laughed at IF 'Contained' - great take on the theme!
It's interesting to see how other people work, isn't it? I have a very set way of working; rough out the idea / concept in sketchbook. Once happy, trace it off on to good quality tracing paper, refining any parts - this bit has to be really exact with very precise lines. Then, put tracing on to lightbox and trace off on to superdooper paper using a 0.5 process blue lead. (You can see I am a grapho of the old school!) Then, off to my desk to colour it in with Karisma coloured pencils - but as I'm running out of them, whatever I have left! Had to resort to Derwent watercolour and Studio pencils, yuk!
After all that, tidy up pencil dust etc to an obsessive, degree and finish with pencil shading - usually 2b, sharpened within an inch of it's life!
Phew! It's exhausting just writing it! Think I'll get a cup of tea now!

Jessie Lilac said...

Thanks so much Liz! I'm so fascinated by how other artists work, I know there's no 'right' way, but I must say I'd like to have the stamina to keep going with the same piece ;)

Rosie said...

I like to work fast and listen to radio 4 or John Martyn/flamenco on the headphones. It's more difficult to draw with headphones because I start moving around! I have a Wacom Intous tablet, a glove with the fingertips cut off on my right hand and a digtal pen. A Ramirez and a Goya guitar on the right and a pot of beginning tulips on the left. Arthur is sunbeaming on a cushion on the floor.

Jessie Lilac said...

I used to listen to Flamenco while painting but that's when I painted large abstract canvases which allowed for the inevitable movements!

ruthie said...

Jessie, i love how you work - i so wish i could speed myself up, i work far to meticulously!!! and i know i said i was going to sketch a day, i am having troubles getting going!

soulbrush said...

oooh no, i couldn't keep at the same piece -i would get so bored, i'm a 'wham, bam, thank you mam' type of person in all that i do.
that's why i have to work really hard at stopping to 'smell the roses'.

Kim said...

Hi Jess,

I love these and know it would take me a lot longer to come up with something like this. I completely understand how you have had to teach yourself to work fast over the years with small ones about. I couldn't even draw when they were little...spent time sewing and doing needle work I could leave in mid-stitch.

Now that my youngest is 19, I have to say I spend a lot of time when I finally get to the studio. I make my mark each day, but even that pulls me in and time slips away. It seems to take a lot to get me really into the studio, but when I am in there I do not want to be disturbed at all for hours and hours on end. That being said, I often work on 2 to 4 pieces at a time. Process is what draws me in, not the result.

Good discussion...

Thanks Jess

Jessie Lilac said...

Ruthie, it is hard getting going, you have to (as Kim says)'make a mark' each day and not worry about what mark it is.
Joss, me too, low boredom threshold!
Thanks Kim, I used to work at several paintings at once. It's a good way of staying quick and spontaneous. Thanks for reminding me of this!

Karen said...

Its funny how we all work so differently isn't it.
I take too long over things. Normally on the planning , thinking side of things. Once I get painting I speed up.
When I was at college, one of my tutors used to tell me to stop 'faffing about' and to get on with it! She would be apalled as I haven't changed :)

Jessie Lilac said...

I'd love to be like that Karen :)