Friday, 22 September 2017

Paint Party Friday - Down Doodlin'

It's been a funny old week. On Monday I had a hospital appointment, which went better than expected. My condition hasn't got any worse, but it hasn't got any better either. A bit of a stalemate I suppose. But at least I'm alive and kicking. There is always someone worse off than yourself. One only has to watch the news bulletins to figure that one out. 

On Tuesday a friend (I use the term loosely), called round. I'd left one of my sketchbooks sitting on the table and my friend asked if he could take a look. After viewing my drawings he decided to go into a full-on verbal assault about how art was a waste of time, unless doing it could generate some cash, and about how foolish I was to even consider that I could earn some money from any of my artwork, especially at my age. (I'm not that old, I promise you. I have a young family to prove it). The thought of earning money from my art had never really crossed my mind. I do my art for the pleasure it gives me to create something that no-one else has and because the act of creating relieves my anxiety. My 'friend' could not get that into his head and he left my home mumbling something about art is all just nonsense. He will not be invited back.

My 'friend's' attitude completely knocked me for six, but the next day I got up and began drawing again. I'm really into the zentangle thing at the moment, and I think I have become so determined to succeed following my 'friend's' comments that I haven't stopped sketching and drawing all week. In fact, he has angered me so much that I'm going to keep up this increased output. It takes 10,000 hours to get really good at something, so the experts say. I'll do all I can to meet that and who knows someday I might even sell one of my drawings. 

Here's a small selection of the work I produced this week. Hope you like them. 

Happy PPF. 







   

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36 comments:

  1. Your zentangles are wonderful, one livelier than the other. The last one is my fave though. Hope you don't let that stupid person get at you, just enjoy your art and do as much as you can and want. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you, Valerie-Jael, for your kind comment. I won't let him get to. It's got me more fired up to create.

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  2. well that you have thrown out your friend.
    What a silly thing said to you !!!!!
    Do not let yourself be puzzled and draw and paint you, have the talent for it, you can see from these drawings!
    I wish you good health!

    happy PPPF
    Elke

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    1. Thank you, geistige_Schritte, for commenting. Your kind words are very much appreciated.

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  3. Wonderful, intricate drawings! These look like they'd be a lot of fun to colour :)
    Your friend - wow. Ouch. Some people have no joy. I think your art is fabulous!

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    1. Hi, SLScheibe. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Glad you like my pieces.

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  4. Your zentangles are beautiful. I appreciate them although my doodling is less exact. With friends like that you don't need enemies! I have never sold any of my "art". I have given away tons of it since I sometimes do small watercolors to use on greetings cards. It is an outlet for my pent up creativity. I'm happy when I feel the urge to paint.

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    1. Hi, Faye. Thank you for your kind words. My hands tend to shake at times, so the lines aren't always as exact as I'd like but I do my best.

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  5. We don't need friends like that for they are not true friends. Your work is beautiful and if it brings you joy then that is what it is supposed to do. Keep painting.

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    1. Hi, Latane. Thank you for commenting. I'll keep him at arms length from now on.

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  6. Your work is divine and beautiful and I agree ~ doing art isn't about making money as it is about creating and enjoying and freeing negativity that we all have ~ Keep up the great work and glad your 'friend' will not be back ~

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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    1. Thank you, carol, for commenting. Good to know some other people share my opinions.

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  7. I love your tangled flowers, so lovely! Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you, BrownPaperBunny. Your kind words are very much appreciated.

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  8. Beautiful zentangle drawings. Sure you will sell some👍❣
    Happy weekend 😃

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    1. Hi, sirkkis. Thank you for commenting. I'm glad you like my pieces.

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  9. What an asshole! Excuse the language .... Actually, I can only pity him for being so small-minded. Art can be so freeing, so fulfilling, so helpful in dealing with your emotions and thoughts. It's a shame he will never get to experience this. So good of you to increase your output as a reaction to his words! It made me smile. Just keep going. Your artwork is so beautiful, but even if it wasn't: who cares!? As long as it gives you pleasure it's worth all the time and effort you put into it.

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    1. Hi, denthe. Thank you for commenting. Your words reflect my feelings exactly. I like enjoy the process of creating and if it makes the creator happy that's the point I think.

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  10. Beautiful pieces, ignore your 'friend', I should put some of my friends in quotation marks too, sometimes I wonder, for different reasons than yours of course.

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    1. Hi, Christine. Thank you for commenting. Glad you like my pieces.

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  11. First off your friend has me fired up too!! What he said was more about HIM than you! What is missing in his life I wonder. People that don't understand that need to create are sad souls. Pity him....you have a lifetime gift that keeps giving to you and others who get to view it's beauty. I bet you feel a lot more internally peaceful than he does!! Your work is gorgeous! Get a few greeting cards printed up and send him a thank you note for inspiring you to create even more!! lol Your work is stunning!!

    Peace Giggles

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    1. Hi, Giggles. Thank you for commenting and I'm glad you like my pieces. I do feel more at peace that a lot of people I know, and I put it down to spending a lot of my time creating whatever the outcome. I think my 'friend' should listen to the words of Bob Dylan - 'don't criticize what you can't understand.'

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    1. Thank you, Mandy, for stopping and taking the time to comment. Very much appreciated.

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  13. That person is obviously jealous of your pure talent. Art is the center of life and he has none. Your art is full and rich and touches the heart. So please do not stop creating.

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    1. Hi, Nicole. Thank you so much for your kind words. I thought jealousy had it's part to play in his attitude. But I'm not going to let his stupidity stop me. I do what I do. That's all there is to it.

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  14. Some people are all left brain and anything creative is just beyond their grasp, and what's worse is when they have a low Social Intelligence (the inability to connect with people )...not a great combination. I do love how you used his remarks to spur you upward and not drag you down. That's an awesome way to be, you ROCK! Love your zentangled art, you also have a lot of patience and lots of talent!

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  15. Thank you, Sandee Setliff, for taking the time to comment. Some people just don't get it - art and creativity, I mean. But you can't let them get the better of you. Just gotta keep on, keepin' on.

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  16. Poor stupid friend!
    And I say from my own experience, thats not always a good job to make art for money. Earlier I did it, now I'm retired, hooray... -

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    1. Thank you, Mascha, for commenting. Yes, he is a bit stupid. I'd never thought of earning from my art, but it's something that I might consider at some stage.

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  17. Your zentangles are excellent . . but I love the added color (flowers). Blessings, Janet

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    1. Thank you, JKW, for your kind comment. Very much appreciated. I think a splash of colour works really well with this sort of thing.

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  18. Your artwork is wonderfully inspiring. I could sit here and create some serious negativity towards your former associate, but we don't need that do we :D He's obviously clueless. In any case, art is therapy, art is fun, art keeps my credit card in check, art is seriously addictive, art is the default, but mostly art creates and that is your gift to the world that no-one else can give.

    And you said you had young kids - mine are seven and nine now and the value they get out of having me arting in the studio, access to creative tools and a role model that encourages them to think outside the box is immense.

    So keep up the art. Keep turning that negativity into fuel for more art. Anyone who doesn't understand it - well, their loss.

    And thankyou for sharing your zentangles, they are gorgeous.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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    1. Hi, Liz. Thank you for your comment; so much positivity. My daughter loves art. Every time I start drawing she does the same. I used to draw things for her to colour in. I'm only getting back into drawing again, but I can see much improvement in my work. I won't let him bother me, though his attitude has spurred me on to create as much as I can. Practice makes perfect.

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  19. first off he is no friend of yours. Your art is amazing, and you can tell him that you could
    earn money off your art, but you chose not to.

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    1. Thank you, leekrek, for stopping by and taking the time to comment. He's not really a friend anyway; more of an acquaintance. Glad you like my artwork, and you have more faith in my ability than I do. Perhaps I should take my art a bit more seriously, but I don't want to lose the fun factor.

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