The other day, I took out my old dusty sketchbook that I haven’t opened since my last day of college. Thought I would give it a go and see if I could put some ideas down for an art piece I plan to submit for LMU’s Alumni Art Exhibition by the end of the month. Sad to say, hardly any shapes or pictures came out onto the page…not even a stick figure! Most of my ideas were organized into lists of words.
After graduating art school and pursuing a job in the real estate business, I shifted from using the right side of my brain to the left. Now, I wish I had listened to my one of my best college art professors, Thomas Muller, and followed his basic rule of thumb: “Set aside at least one hour per day for sketching or making art.” It would have helped with exercising my brain to keep the creative juices flowing, so that I don’t have to dig so deep for some basic pictures to draw on a page like I do now.
I honestly didn’t think it would be this difficult to start up with my art again, but clearly I don’t even remember what it’s like to sketch! I know I still have it in me, so I’m forcing myself to sit down with my sketchbook once a day for at least an hour and have at it until it all comes back to me.
Meanwhile, I have a couple of activities I lined up for myself this week that will hopefully spark some inspiration:
Thursday, May 19th: Museum Visit – The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, “Art in the Streets”
Saturday, May 21st at 6-9pm: MFA and MA Student Thesis Exhibition – CSU Northridge
…I can’t wait to see some art! I’m also anxious to see what the students at CSUN will be showing. I was invited by Thomas Muller to sit in on his awesome lecture there today, and got the opportunity to meet his good friend from grad school and current painting professor at CSUN, Samantha Fields. She invited me to the opening reception of the thesis exhibition this weekend, so I can get a feel for the work produced by the students. I’m thinking about applying for the MA program there, so this exhibition couldn’t come at a more perfect time.
Until then, I’m hitting the sketchbook…