Mixed Media Inspiration :: One Minute Method

Mixed Media Inspiration :: One Minute Method

If you’re looking for inspiration, I’ve got a fast and fun method to bust you out of your same old, same old. All it takes is one timed minute of creating. But, just one minute at a time, no more. I call it The One Minute Method (Ha!). It’s fun to do on your own or in a group. You can choose whatever media you want to work with and decide how long you will do it for. I recommend you try at least 5 to 15 minutes to start. (The bits I repurposed for these self portraits came from an hour long session, that’s 60 one minutes, of drawing and printmaking.) So grab your timer, supplies and enough space to feel free. You will be allowing for whatever comes to come during each timed minute. Remember, no judgement! Just creating. When your minute is up, quickly reset the timer and start all over on brand new ground (i.e. piece of paper, fabric, layer in photoshop, etc.). Repeat this every minute for the time you’ve allotted yourself. While it’s not necessary, a great bonus feature of the One Minute Method is that you can use it as meditation. Notice how time changes. Do you feel rushed? Does each minute feel the same? Allow yourself to experience the nuances contained within each minute. Armed with just a timer and the supplies of your choosing, let yourself go, without worrying about getting anywhere. When you’re all done ask yourself, “How do I feel? What do I see?” Let me know how the One Minute Method works for you. Better yet, show...
Figure Drawing on a Tuesday Night

Figure Drawing on a Tuesday Night

              It’s raining outside. I’m home after three hours of figure drawing and I can’t stop staring. I spend a lot of time after I finish a piece, just looking at it. There’s such a silent communication that occurs then. It is wordless and informative in ways that I am challenged to articulate. This is the time when I am most likely to fall in love with a line, a mark. Currently, I am absorbed with the yellow block of color that crosses her nose. This was not planned, it just happened. The pink in this photograph also happened. I had no thought of adding pink in the upper right-hand corner, when I tossed the drawing down, eager to document it. Now, I love it. There are so many ways to pay attention and work with what we...
4 Things That Will Get You Figure Drawing

4 Things That Will Get You Figure Drawing

For the past two months I’ve been planning on getting back to figure drawing. Where I live, figure drawing meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9pm. You can come and go as you please. It’s an eclectic group whose skill range runs the gamut AND Thursday nights are even subsidized by a local college. It’s an awesome resource but there’s one tiny problem: I haven’t been going. Not because I don’t want to or because I’m unable. Nope. I’m not going because I keep talking myself out of it. So, what do you do when your mind is debating your mind? Here are four things you can do (in any order) that will get you to figure drawing instead of stuck in that nasty tête-à-tête with yourself. 1. Notice. We all know when we break commitments with ourselves or anyone else for that matter. Whether we flat out forget or we use some elaborate tricky convincing on ourselves, we know we did not do or are not going to do that thing we said we would. It’s not a fun feeling, is it, when we let ourselves down, or we blow off someone else. So what are we to do? Notice. Pay attention to how we feel, what we do, and, to what happens. 2. Accept where you are. There’s a point of no return. At some point it happens, we either are doing it or we are not. Years can go by without admitting this is true. When we identify where we are (this is me after I’ve just convinced myself not to go to figure drawing or,...