I had some back problems a few weeks ago-problems meaning really alot of pain whenever I moved or sat down or did anything but lay flat on my back. It was really annoying-and made it difficult to get anything at all done. I had a big long word for joint inflammation that may have been caused by my constant bending over glass things. Or maybe I shouldn't have tried to do that one set of ab exercises....I think it must have been that (then I can rule out doing exercise for awhile right??!) Anyway-while I was doing nothing I hauled out my dragon pattern that I drew last year and then never got around to making. I asked for color ideas on my facebook page and got all these cool ideas. So then I realized that all the cool ideas wouldn't work in one dragon, and I had nothing else I could do, so I drew dragon patterns. I kinda went a little dragon crazy once I got started. Only problem is that now I have more patterns and nothing actually made. I do have the original one started though!
So, here's the thing-there are lots of different styles of dragons out there, and depending on the area of the world they have distinct looks. I even learned that the number of toes differs depending on the country that some of the dragons came from. I don't know if I got that into it, but I did try to be different in mine. This one is more traditional, European knights and St George and all that. He's half ground -and will look really cool in the sunlight-the wings I like especially because they are this whispy purplish blue color
Alot of color combo ideas were red and yellow or gold-ones that would go well with an Asian dragon. And my kids not too long ago watched Spirited Away (we are pretty much in love with Miyazaki movies-ever since Totoro we were hooked) which had pretty impressive dragon character that I was thinking about. So, this is my end result-and I have some perfect red glass to use on it.
This one was disgustingly called "a girly dragon" by my son, but it looks like it would fit in nicely in a happy little fairy tale kingdom where they have pink castles and cheerful royal families. Ok-so it's a girly dragon-I think I will make it pink and purple.
This one is still a bit of a work in progress. I want a flying dragon, but I am not totally happy with the wing positions, or the feet positions, I don't know-something just isn't quite right yet, but it is getting there. By the time I get the other ones done in glass hopefully I will have this pattern figured out!
I figured out that if I sat in just one certain position, my back didn't hurt, and I was a little bored with only drawing, so I brought out some watercolors for this one. I drew an ice dragon pattern that is very similar to what I painted-I just thought it would be fun to see it in color. Although when I do it in glass I am imagining less blue and more white. (and not so many jagged edges on the wings...that would take forever!)
My back is doing better now, and I am being careful not to exercise too much (hehe) and to do less bending, and it seems to be staying healthy. Now I need to just stay focused and actually get these all made! Drawing patterns and never following through on them is kinda an issue I have...and just yesterday I went to the zoo and there were beautiful peacocks and I took some pictures thinking I should draw up a peacock pattern....
When I was in highschool I had the most amazing art teacher-one of those teachers that you can think back on as most inspiring and all that. (I actually had about 4 or 5 teacher like that in high school-pretty good!) She told us over and over that art had to be an expression of ourselves. What people respond to is the emotion in the art. And viewers may respond with different emotions than the artist, but the important part is that emotion is there. Even abstract art that makes people annoyed-this is still an emotional response. This pretty much changed how I viewed art and how I made art. I go to art museums and don't just brush things off as odd, but really try to look deeper and react. I also have my favorites-Monet, Rodin, Cezanne, Pollock, Tiffany (of course!) that just make me feel awe.
My internalizing this teaching also means that I put myself into what I make, draw, create. This emotional response might be a little at odds with stained glass, which also seems technical and exact. (especially for perfectionist me who wants my solder lines perfect and my edges straight) However, I think that I do best when I am making things I enjoy and that are a little out of the box. I also find that drawing patterns is one of my favorite things, because I get a chance to draw and dream up whatever I want. (Now if I could just get them all made!) I make things that I find pretty, either in shape or color, and that make me smile when I see them (unless the solder line is crooked.. ) I love light, and I feel that drawing attention to the way the light plays through different colors can bring a positive response. Hopefully those who see my things have some sort of reaction as well.
The thing that has got me musing on all this today is something my son was told yesterday-that art is not meant to be creative. What??!! To me, everything about art is creative and emotional! Yes, you can be technical within the piece, like if you are learning perspective or body sizings. But at the same time, picasso certainly had some interesting body sizings and he definitely gets an emotional response! It frustrates me to see my children boxed in with art. I feel like I need to counter this idea they have that art isn't fun. Think it is time to do some art projects at home!
What do you all think? Do you see art as technical, or as an emotional experience? Are you drawn to the exact lines and perfect sizings, or the colors and shapes?
I'm an artist, mom, wife, cook, dreamer, and child of God. I love sunshine, snow, coffee in the mornings, cuddling with the kiddos, drawing, learning new things, and making anything with chocolate. For a little more in-depth on my stained glass background-check out my bio page. (there's even a pic over there!)