This week brings the return of routine, and the end of the laid-back pace of summer. Even though having a break from routine is great, the productive nature that a schedule fosters is necessary. I enjoyed exploring the culture and arts of Germany in July, found satisfaction in completing many home projects in August, and relished the quality time spent with family and friends over the summer months. I had grand intentions to develop new art techniques, thinking I would have so much free time. It was interesting how the “free time” was always filled with bike rides, walks, talks, coffee time, getting together with friends…I finally had more time for those activities.
I guess it would be safe to say that I am more productive when I have a routine to follow. So, back to routine and back to art. In spring I started experimenting with new charcoal techniques. I wanted to create more depth in Summer Days. Utilizing charcoal powder, I found I was able to accomplish what I set out to do. Picking up where I left off, I thought I would try the same thing with a small, simple piece.
Doors of Europe – Nippenburg
There are a few things I would do differently if I did this piece, or a similar one, again. Overall, I am happy with the different feels that powdered charcoal can create.