One blog post a week is far from my goal here at Dirksen Dabbles....I apologize the moving process has ripped me away from writing so much! Since I am leaving Boston in less than three weeks (ahhhh!), I have begun my pre-nostalgia stage. It's what happens when I look around while walking or getting groceries and think, "I better soak it all in...because it will all be gone so soon."
My Boston life is very different in a practical way from my previous life in Portland, OR. One of the major differences is the lack of a car. At first, I was scared to death to live without a vehicle. How do people live with out them? I couldn't possible imagine. But over the past few years I have grown to profoundly respect and love mass transit for a number of reasons. I love it so much that I am actually dreading going back to the automobile lifestyle.
Believe it or not, riding the subway system has greatly aided my artistic ventures. Because you don't have to actually be in charge of driving the train, riders get to simply sit or stand and use the time to their benefit. This usually means I read and it has greatly helped me in my Written Artwork Journey. I so value the 30 minutes it takes to get to and from work where I get to escape into a great story.
On top of being a great chance to read, subway time has also been a great opportunity for brainstorming sessions. I have one of those baby memo pads that every once in a while I pull out and start doodling. I look around me as we travel down the road and draw things I see or things that pop into my head. Sometimes these lead to paintings. Here are some fun examples of what I doodled and the paintings that transpired.
Do you have any forced down time that you utilize for your creative process? Do you have to create a brainstorming time? Love to hear how you all work!
Inspiration - Fire Escape - Sometimes I get inspiration from my photographs instead of doodles
Efforts in Custom Painting - Inspiration that came from someone else's photograph
Acrylic painting for Beginners - What to do after the doodle process :)