Getting my creative drive back

This year, I’ve been feeling a little down. It has really flattened my ability to dream and get in a state of flow through my art. So, to try and kick start the process, I purchased a beautiful pad of 100% Cotton Rag Water Colour paper and some artists’ inks which I have not used before. They sat in a paper bag for a few weeks. I peeked inside occasionally but didn’t take them out.

On Monday, in my art class for people with Intellectual Disabilities, my 80-year-old volunteer Judith, brought in a book of nursery rhymes from her childhood. It was beautiful. The rhymes were on the right side of the book, on the left were illustrations, all surrounded by lovely borders of tiny flowers and curlicues. I don’t know why, but into my head popped the idea of drawing Budgerigars or Budgies as we call them in Australia, bordered by a lovely edging.

I have decided to set myself a goal of creating 50 of these. The first one I abandoned half way through as I managed to smudge the pen and I wasn’t really happy with the oval shape. You can see my first completed effort below. I wish I was a speedy illustrator, this took me rather a long time. A feathery look was quite challenging for me, I really wanted to capture the softness of the little Budgie. What colour should I paint next?

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“Hello my pretty” 1 in Winter Owls ShopΒ 

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I planned the border first, then I painted a very soft pink background and sketched the Budgie in pencil first.

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I’m quite happy with this for my 1st effort, stay tuned to see the next 49!


53 thoughts on “Getting my creative drive back

  1. Your budgie painting is just beautiful! Looking forward to seeing all 50! We love budgies in our house, but we call them parakeets. Ours is yellow and bright green and his name is Sprite.:)

  2. Wow!! Better than EVER!!! I love your budgie and the flowers around him. You said “what color next?” I think a green one and perhaps at one point two budgies together? I am having a special birthday soon and I think I will pop over to your shop. I am definitely in need of a koala. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m so impressed! You certainly have a talent for drawing/painting Budgies….I’d love to see more. I know exactly what you mean by not feeling up to creating. I’ve been there for almost a year now. And I do occasionally get the spirit up, but my studio area is a complete mess and I just don’t have the “umph” to get it cleaned up. I’ll get there, though. You are an inspiration for me there. Thank you!

    • Sara sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling like this too. I really enjoyed looking at your studio area post and the way you have clever storage solutions, like vintage muffin trays. Perhaps if you started with one small section and get out that lovely smelling lemon oil you mentioned? It’s hard though isn’t it to just get that feeling back. Take care πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, but guess what? I’m in awe of people who can crochet! My Hungarian grandmother tried to teach me as a little girl, ending in severe frustration on both sides…

  4. Absolutely fantastic, Jen– it ruffled my feathers in the best possible way!! : )

    Sounds like a great project to me. You’ve clearly mastered owls– time to “branch out” to a new beaky challenge!! I can identify with your creative funk, too. They happen, that’s for sure, and it’s not always easy to break out of them. Well done, keep them budgies comin’!! : )

    • Thanks for your encouragement as always Mark. A quick question, did you get your strong arm from doing so much illustrating? Sorry, I just looked at your surname and that silly thought popped into my head and I had to share it with you πŸ˜‰ Next Budgie coming right up!

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