Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Work routines-

'how we didn't really mind the rain'

'I drink tea- you drink coffee'.
(both made with watercolor and ink)
A couple of months ago I decided to do the drawing a day thing- It didn't work for me and I should have known better. I was impulsive, as usual. These are my character defects- well, some of them. I can't keep a routine -even though I crave one. I am impulsive and always want to do more than I can.( I guess that's why I can't keep a routine)
The point is that I have 'drawing times' and 'painting times'. I never know exactly how long each will last but I get so absorbed in the phase that I am into at the time, that nothing can move me and nothing else interests me.
I was never really aware of these cycles of work because I never before had to account for them as I do here. In the beginning I saw not being able to fulfil my promise to upload a drawing a day as a big failure, after all so many other artists are doing it. But now that I think of it, I must admit it was a good thing because it just tells me I have to adjust my expectations to my personality and real working rythms. And maybe one day I will find the longed for routine because it will be made just for me. (this was a me-me-me posting- it must have been a me-Tuesday - but to redeem I will post this link to a lovely collection of -what else?-CUPS!)
Hugs -

17 comments:

gretchenmist said...

i love to hear your thoughts about how you work. there's no point pushing if it's doesn't feel right.
reminds me of part of a bjork song: 'i thought i could organise freedom ...'
and i thought your piggie comment was very sweet + funny, thankyou :)

red or gray said...

everything floats above..the cups are divine..expression always a treat to see.. random thoughts from a friend ~elk

Iris Schwarz / Paulette Edition said...

Annamaria, thank you for sharing your thoughts - I always find so much honesty and above a fine sense of humor within… just move after your rhythm, it’s right.

caramela said...

Thank you dear friends-
Annamaria xx

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

All those inspiring cups! It made me want to start a new cup every day., on the order of a drawing a day. I will start this morning.
Whatever way you work seems to be a success, when i see the lovely results.
xx

caramela said...

Thank you Julie- your cups are just so lovely too- I am glad you will be making one a day!Can't wait to see them-!
Annamaria XX

stephanie levy said...

I love your blog! Just discovered it today - wow, I've been missing out - and I so agree with you - the kitchen table as the navel of the family, cooking, making art, and enjoying all of the good things in life... happy 2010!

caramela said...

Thank you Stephanie-lovely to see you drop by-
Annamaria

caramelcaramelo said...

thanks for your visit! lovely blog you have there! and aside from the name we both like tulips! lovely to meet you through this blogosphere. will come back as well. have a wonderful day. kenza

notamax said...

fine works.

Ritva said...

hi annamaria,
thank you for your visit and comment!

you have a lovely blog-
see you!

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Knowing your limits and likes is a good thing! Thanks for sharing it - it reminds me to let creativity lead. x

Katrina said...

i like the part about allowing our selves to adjust our routines, or refine our routines, until they are just our size. lovely...

edward and lilly said...

I can totally relate to this, there's no point forcing something if you're not in the right frame of mind. I always do my best work when I'm not under pressure with an order or deadline. I so love the style of your work.

lisa s said...

it is good to listen/know/heed your own ways of working.

i really like that top drawing. a lot.

mano said...

I am happy that you find my blog - and I am happy to find yours - I saw your pictures at flickr: great work! (sorry, my english is not the best...) mano

Woollywotnots said...

Your posts are always so interesting and I really like these pieces. Amazing colours. I really like the mix. I could look at these all day, they are real fun.