IMG_0537I captured this gorgeous “Chicken of the Woods” mushroom walking through one of my favorite state parks last weekend. It would have been really tough to sketch this in the moment. For one thing, it was raining! For another, the mosquitoes were really bad! Fortunately it was really easy to capture this image with my trusty Canon Powershot digital camera. And once I have the reference photo, I can explore a number of options for creating a new work of art.
With this simple photo I have a starting point for a sketch in graphite pencil. Or I can create a watercolor underpainting to capture the main areas of color and then go over this with colored pencil to capture more detail. Or I can draw the mushroom completely in colored pencil.Or I can sketch it in graphite and then paint over this with acrylic paints. So many starting points.
I love having options. I carry my camera with me for this very reason. Because it’s a digital camera, I don’t have to worry about “wasting film” on bad shots, or spending money on film or developing film only to find a couple of shots I actually want to keep.Every artist I know worries about “wasting” money. A digital camera takes all of the stress out of the creative process and frees me to explore.
What do you do to take the stress out of spending money on creating art? Does it have to be “good” to be worthy of your time and money? How do you define “good” art? What is a good use of your time and money?
How do you take time for exploring?
What would you do with this photo?