Generating Ideas

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The process of thumb nailing is new to me and allowed me to explore different options that would have otherwise remained in Neverland. I have highlighted the interesting ones that could be further explored, but still feel disconnected to any of them really. If anything at all it was just a good way of exercising my drawing practice. I felt irritated and angry during most of the process, and I feel resentful about being told to adopt thumb nailing as regular practice by my tutor. Firstly, I really don’t like to be told how to do my creative process, and secondly, I would much rather spend time developing ideas in an open ended sketch book and spend more time developing different compositions in photoshop with detailed drawings, using various media. With that said…lets get onto sketching and leave my self-limiting ‘I can’t draw’ beliefs at the door.

Self-Portrait – Imaginarium

I can't keep a straight face for too long, especially with these silly earrings on

I can’t keep a straight face for too long 

This sketch is a result of a task I was assigned to create a self-portrait representing me in an altered imaginary state. I have added exaggerated hair and ears to give the impression of me as an otherworldly creature, of which I sometimes imagine myself to be. However, I perceive myself rather as a pixie priestess than this crazy character. Next time I envisage an elaborate headdress and glamorous fairy costume. Nevertheless, this task has increased my confidence yet again for drawing. I do believe that drawing myself is quite a confronting exercise, as it is triggering me to become self conscious of my 37 year old wrinkles, gestural expressions that I don’t particularly enjoy seeing and my end of summer collection of freckles, which as creative director of my own work, I can choose to omit from my features in this image.

Tea for Thought – Congruence

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” ― Carl R. Rogers

Beside from the mathematical term of being isometric, congruence also means to be in agreement or harmony with the other and is a state achieved by coming together. The late psychologist and author Carl Rodgers mentioned congruence in his ‘personality theory’ when referring to the compliance between the ideal self and the actual self. He states that a fully congruent person is able to live an authentic and genuine life. In my daily life, I am contemplating how often I practice unconditional positive regard towards myself? Meaning that I regard myself with no judgment or disapproval. I think if I found myself saying “I should” more than “I am”, then I may want to review my thoughts and let go of the ideas of the “Ideal Self” that brings about incongruence and becomes a disservice to my sense of worthiness and purpose. Instead, I can spend time and energy consciously stepping back into alignment with my “Real Self”. This evening tea break doodle was inspired by all the letters in the word ‘congruence’. You’ll just have to trust me on that one, because one would never know for looking. I do prefer the evolved round tag aesthetics of my tea for thought project. I am always fascinated by how the design process takes the direction it needs each and every time. Even if it does end up at a dead end. References: Goodreads. (n.d.). Carl R, Rodgers. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/102062.Carl_R_Rogers Kirschenbaum, H & Henderson, V.A (Eds.). (1989). The Carl Rodgers Reader. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.

 

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” ― Carl R. Rogers

Doodling Again

Floral Circles

Floral Circles

Inspired by crochet lace and doilies (that I have been collecting for years as an avid crafter) I have been doodling with circles. These organic forms take on a mind of their own, which is a major part of the process that really excites me. This is just one of a series that I have done in my dedicated doodling time at night just before I put my head on the pillow.