Awhile ago I wrote about running across this painting that I loved by Jenny Prinn. Next to the painting are the words:
"This painting was painted en plein air, to help capture the fleeting essence of sea, salt and sky in a New England summer."
I was struck by how those few words completely changed the experience for me. I enjoyed the painting before I read those words. But after reading them, it added a whole new element to the art. I now knew a little of the story behind the art and that has stuck with me ever since.
I've always struggled with telling a story in my art. Lately I've decided maybe it's not something I need to be all that concerned about. Art tells a story, whether it's the one we intend or not. Lines, shapes, colors, they all communicate.
Since I'm so terrible at telling a specific story within my art, I've bee focusing on telling the story around my art. Really that's why back in January, I began photographing my table and breakfast along with my drawings in the morning. I wanted to share more of the story. I wanted you to see that it was a different day. It really is me working every single morning. You can even tell a little about the weather that day but how warm or cool the light is against my white table.
The last few weeks on Instagram I've been sharing a few details around the drawing. Here's a few examples:
225/365 #yearofcreativehabits the other day we read about fossils found of penguins the size of NBA players ☕️✏️
229/365 #yearofcreativehabits meet Harold & Rita...the squirrels who run the top of the fence outside my window every morning. And then there's Skip, Tyrone, and Francine. They sneak in every once in awhile. ☕️✏️
It seems so obvious to me now but I so often overlooked it before. This is the good stuff. This is the purpose of Instagram and my blog. It's to tell "the rest of the story."