There has been a lot of things taking me out of the studio lately. I had to finish the drywall and paint the walls in the children's attic bedroom upstairs. The windows needed to get washed and the storm windows go up. I spent a lot of time photographing my art work. Then there is all the regular stuff of doing laundry, buying food, and making meals, that just needs to be done every day. I have not had much time in the studio lately.
I had to make myself get started yesterday with some small drawings. I think getting started has to be the most difficult part of art making. It can be like starting an old car in the morning in the dead of winter. You have to keep at it for awhile until it fires up. That is just how it was for me yesterday morning with this little drawing. I felt dead inside and not at all inspired but I managed to get started. There were two things I had on my side. One was a brand new box of drawing pencils nice and sharp and ready to go and the other was a cool vintage dress that our friend and tenant Rachel McKay had given us when she moved out last month. After the first hard to start 45 minutes, I moved into a very enjoyable drawing session with this drawing as the result.