Show and Tell: Creative Endeavors

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Are you all Turkey‘d out yet? I’m not. But it’s been nearly three weeks, and it’s time to move on. I’ll share some souvenirs tomorrow, set up a week’s worth of daily photos from Turkey, and then get back to “normal” life in England here. But today I want to share some of the results of my 2012 goal of exploring my artistic side more. Last night, I finally brought home three of my first pieces from my pottery class! It’s fun to actually have something tangible to bring home from a class.
Our first lesson was on making pinch pots. Here, I joined two to make a pomegranate vase.

I made this over a month ago, and then it was fun to see ceramic pomegranates very much like this one all over Turkey. I made myself a little souvenir, it turns out!
Next, we made coil pots. Mine came out a little lumpy, but it’s still good for putting some bulbs in!
I enjoyed the slab construction assignment, when we rolled clay out like dough and wrapped it around tubes to make something. I needed an extra pitcher for holding fresh herbs and flowers.
Our teacher wanted us to do more interesting things with the glazes, like painting patterns and such, but I like really simple, clean forms more.
Now, about the sketching. I have a confession to make:  I have hardly been doing it at all! Yes,  I adopted it as a discipline, but frankly, I have succumbed to immaturity: I haven’t liked what I produced, and it discouraged me. I know the point was to draw anyway, but I didn’t. So, I am trying to be a big girl and just do it anyway– I only spend about 10 minutes per drawing, and don’t erase anything. But I have torn pages out and thrown them away! I will show you two of my better sketches, and get on with trying to do it daily. Talking about it and showing you is good accountability!
Here are some pretty dried flowers from our living room I thought I’d draw. So, I have this set of pencils. You guys, I do not even know what the numbers on the pencils mean! I just try to find the sharpest one. No, I don’t have a sharpener yet. Yes, of course I am taking this challenge seriously– why do you ask?!
OK, so I do like this one. It was Day 2!
Then I tried drawing things with straight lines. Terrible. I cannot draw a straight line or a right angle to save my life. So, I went back to nature, and this was my only sketch this week.
I have enjoyed working with water colors in the past, and thinking of being able to draw better to improve my painting is good motivation.
Have you challenged your creative side lately? What are you working on?

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5 Responses to Show and Tell: Creative Endeavors

  1. Luke February 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    I’ve found that when it comes to drawing real things I prefer not using straight lines if I can. A bit of wobble adds value for me. (c: Love that you’re doing these creative things!

    • Ariana February 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      That is a very Japanese philosophy, Luke! It’s fun to explore and walk the line between doing what I’m best at and pushing myself where I struggle. I remember having my mind blown in the “perspective drawing” portion of my Art Intro class in high school. It was so incredibly difficult to me, that I am constantly in awe of anyone who can do it!

  2. Anonymous February 23, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    I love your drawings! Don’t be so hard on yourself. I can’t wait to see more.


    • Ariana February 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Oh, thanks so much Gabrielle! I am going to get back to it, and sharing here is such a good motivator.


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