Maria Williams-Russell Art Blog
Sometimes it__™s difficult reconnecting with creativity. Life__™s responsibilities often get in the way of a certain freedom our minds need to create art. For some people, creative blocks are a constant struggle. Personally, I need to get out in the fresh air for about ten minutes and take a walk. Walking allows my eyes to wander and land on just about everything around me without placing judgements, my brain starts working on all the stuff that__™s going on in my life without any pressure to resolve. I usually come back happier and more motivated to complete that project I__™ve been working on. That__™s why I was so excited when I came across a website called sketchcrawl.com, the perfect antidote when you__™re losing your creative edge.
Sketchcrawl.com. is the brainchild of cartoon artist, Enrico Casarosa, who after a night participating in a pub-crawl for a friend's bachelor party, came up with the idea of a sketch-crawl. Armed with some pencils and watercolors, Casarosa spent an entire day walking through the city, stopping to sketch whatever interesting came into view.
"Giving yourself this kind of mandate for a full day changes the way you look around you. It makes you stop and see things just a tad longer, just a bit deeper. Needless to say I loved it," writes Casarosa on the website.
Casarosa loved it so much, he invited other artists to sketch-crawl with him. The experience was even more enjoyable in a group. Because every artist has a different eye, the work on the same crawl varied greatly, and it was fun at the end of the day to compare and talk about their work.
!IMAGE133! Casarosa's desire to document his sketch-crawls was met in the form of a blog. In it he encourages artists to participate in sketch-crawls either on their own or in crawls he helps organize through the blog. Sketch-crawls are being organized all over the world and participants can post a sample of their sketch-crawl work online in the website forum.
What I discovered in the work posted in the forums, is an excitement in the everyday aspects of life. Quick drawings of a stove with tea-kettle or people on a bus jump off the page (or screen). There is a fresh urgency to many of the sketches, with their sometimes scribbled lines and dripped watercolor I think comes from losing the burden of trying too hard, or worrying about it. Ultimately, it__™s fun. Whether or not you consider yourself a sketch artist, isn__™t that where it all began, sketching in a notebook as a child and realizing you had a special way of seeing the world?
The sketch-crawl community now uses the sketch-crawl as a fundraiser to support charities. I love this idea - any group of artists anywhere can gather together and spend a day renewing their love of art while doing good for their communities, whether local or global.
So, go check out sketchcrawl.com. and spend a day outside walking and drawing. Organize a few artist friends and do it together. Reconnect with your creativity and make more art!
Note: The art is this article was provide by Minds Island member Pheobe Wilson. !IMAGE134!