Last evening I went to a monthly art gathering where friends get together to show art they’ve created based on a theme. There’s an outdoor cat named Otis who became the inspiration for today’s drawing. He entered the room meowing at everyone. Then he sat on my lap for about a minute before he was off exploring somewhere else. Later, we noticed paw prints on the roof and hood of the car. This morning, I was thinking that’s exactly how ideas can be. They come when they please, making a grand entrance. They disappear when they feel like it. Sometimes they don’t come when you call them. Other times you discovered they’ve left their mark where you didn’t want it. But when they come and stay for a while and purr, it feels pretty good.
As most of you know, last week I announced a giveaway to celebrate the blog reaching the 150 subscriber milestone.
The winner will choose any piece of art from this blog. I will turn that selection into a full color piece of art by painting it on one of my box canvases. There were 52 entries. I went to random.org to generate a random number from 1 to 52. The random number that came up was #30.
And, the winner is…
Laurie – Blackbearyforest
Congratulations Laurie, You’ll need to choose which piece of art you’d like me to paint on the box canvas. Just send me an e-mail at Tim@TimCoffeyArt.com, and we can make arrangements.
Thanks to everyone for following the blog and participating in the 150 subscriber giveaway!
Today’s post is one that I had started yesterday. I thought the idea was good, but the composition didn’t come out right, so I decided to draw a more polished version this morning. I thought some of you might be curious, so I decided to show both versions.
I was thinking the wrong that needs to be righted can be a small one, such as paying more attention to brushing your teeth more thoroughly. Or it can be a huge one, like forgiveness for a past mistake.
This morning I had that feeling of slight panic in staring at the blank paper. I had a bunch of muddled ideas in my mind. So I drew a knot.
As I was drawing the tangled strands, the words began to form, and the idea felt right and complete. It also happened to tie in with a video I added to my Youtube channel yesterday. This is how I plan to make the blank canvas for my 150 subscriber giveaway.
See the September 21st post on this blog for details about entering the giveaway.
I had drawn this picture for the post today. It shows how I’m working without a safety net. But after a little thought, I realized that’s so far from the truth.
I revised the drawing to show my safety net.
Thanks to all of you following this blog who are rooting for me to succeed! You are my safety net!
The message in today’s drawing might seem negative at first, but it’s not. Trust me to explain.
This drawing is really about embracing your frogs. Not all ideas are created equal. All creations have varying degrees of success, but it’s the mediocre pieces that allow the really great ones to stand out. Plus, I sort of like frogs. Sometimes the frogs can be more interesting than the princes.
I spent a little time this summer attempting to photograph dragonflies. I didn’t have much luck.
One thing I noticed is dragonflies seem to want to find the highest place in a garden and rest there. Drawing this dragonfly from memory got me thinking. I wonder if it would be possible for a person to do that mentally – to find the highest possible position for the mind to rest or the highest plane of thought for productivity. I’m not sure exactly what that would entail. Maybe it comes down to considering, at every moment, am I doing the best that I can do at this moment? If I’m resting, am I resting at the highest possible point and getting the most out of that rest? Or am I resting, while at the same time worrying about accomplishing things? If I’m working, am I working at the highest level of productivity, or am I obsessing about checking e-mail 10 times an hour?
So my mission today is to try to find that highest point of every moment to get the most out of the day.
I had planned a giveaway on this blog when it reached 100 subscribers, but I was a little late getting it together, so it has turned into a 150 subscriber giveaway.
I will be giving away one of my cereal box canvases. In this case it will be a Wheat Thins box canvas. The winner will choose their favorite piece of art from this blog and I will cover the canvas with it and paint it up to create a finished, original piece of art.
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this specific blogpost – it must be on this blogpost to be entered into the giveaway. The cut-off point will be midnight, September 27th. I will choose the winner on the morning of September 28th.
If you would like to know how I made this canvas from a Wheat Thins box, I hope to put up a how to video on my Youtube channel this weekend. I won’t be announcing this giveaway on my Youtube channel, because this one is for followers of this blog only!
Good luck to all who enter!