Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Canvas 1,085



Canvas 1,085

November 7, 2017


Just a few lines. Something told me to stop.



7 comments:

Jan said...

Enough said William... contentment is written all over his face~

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Jan . . .

Jill Hlavaty said...

I've been trying to do a daily sketch which ends ups a weekly sketch. Hard to leave it as is and move on. Story of my life. "Just a few lines. Something told me to stop." I'll be listening for that message. Great drawing.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks. Each one of these is, or seems, so connected to the ones previous that sometimes I feel I’ve only ever worked on one drawing, and that I will be working on it until the end.

Meanwhile, “trying” is something I’ve learned to set aside. Trying implies that there is an outcome, and that the outcome will be either a success or a failure, that it is either good or bad or in between. For me, quite simply, the doing brings pleasure and joy. It is a feeling. I draw with no certain goal in mind. Sometimes I make several drawings in a day. Then days will go by without even an urge to draw. I use words instead, or I go out and dig in the garden, or mop the floor. I don’t categorize these activities, I don’t say one is art and the other is a chore. I think of them all as art, and as an opportunity to express my gratitude.

Jill Hlavaty said...

Thanks...I just feel i'm on the down side of up, I don't have much time left. I want to be productive and to me that means creating. I've spent many days mopping ,cleaning, cooking, working jobs that provided money for college tuition for myself and sons... hoping end result for all would be meaningful work. Now that I'm retired, back to drawing... my passion. I understand what you're saying here that all things matter. When I make the bed each day (for how many yrs?) I often think, someday i will not be able to do this. I'm grateful for all things but mostly I'm grateful for time to spend on my passions of art, music, poetry. I draw everyday if I can..".it just makes me happy"

William Michaelian said...

And it has been earned. Thanks for putting up with my blather. All I can really do is say how it is for me. Day by day I feel my way, and day by day I am mystified by it all. I will say this, though: you are a kind, positive force in the world, and I am lucky to know you. And I know, and have seen it demonstrated, that others are as well.

Jill Hlavaty said...

I appreciate your "blather" more than I can say and also, your patience with me and others. We live in a mad, confusing yet wonderful world. I'm ready to step out and start the day. Have a good one William.