Candle light madness

First of all, happy new year to all of you! Like most I believe that 2021 will be better and safer, opportunities for prosperity and mobility will return, our joy and creativity will grow. Hopefully.

I need a bit more creativity at the moment. Since the end of the year, I have been stuck with candle light. Many attempts, not very visible progress. Believe or not, the candle lights above are the more successful ones. I decided to post them with a little hope to break the trap and start another project.

The funny thing is, that candle light should be a shortcut of an old lamp, shining in a snowy street. I changed the original plan, because perspective is my nightmare and both, the street and the lamp, include a big portion of it. I know, there are rules and tools how to handle perspective, but the basic problem is that my eyes just cannot see it.

You definitely know various magical pictures with visual illusion. I have never seen expected illusion in any of them. My eyes see what is painted and reject the illusion. It took me long to understand, that perspective belongs to such illusions. All those tricks on a flat surface are supposed to create the illusion of 3D.

I admire everyone who can do it! But my eyes or the brain are not equipped with this particular chip converting 2D to 3D.

Of course I could drill myself, but all the joy would disappear from my painting. It doesn’t make sense, I need joy more than perfect paintings. So, I could continue to avoid objects with high level of perspective. Perhaps, but how long?

Something in my gut tells me to make my own rules of perspective using the set of skills and disabilities I have been given. I hope to find enough courage for it soon. If you have advice or recommendation, I would appreciate it!

Otherwise I spend too much time and energy on so called shortcut like the candle light.

Thanks for being with me.

Love and hugs,

Ivana

Sitting in darkness

The wind storm came last night suddenly, shortly announced by lightning and rain. After a few minutes the electricity supply went off, so the options what to do became limited. No light, no tea or coffee, no internet and unfortunately the low battery level on my mobile at that moment.

What to do in the middle of darkness besides lightning candle if you have one. First, I used the rest of battery for reading e-book, hoping to get electricity soon back. But one hour later I was still in the dark, the phone completely dead.

I wasn’t sleepy at all, so I took a paper and my set of color pencils, wanting to draw an intuitive picture, a small candle next to me. I must say that was an interesting experience!

I picked up pencils blindly and had only a rough idea which color has been used. After two hours of layering colors, I had tired hand and tired mind, but still I was sitting in dark. No chance to see the result before bedtime.

Fortunately, the electric people worked overnight and the supply was restored early in the morning and life has returned to normal civilization mode, if we can call it that.

But that leads me to the question: What would you do in case of blackout, home alone? Yesterday I really suffered from lack of inspiration, please give me some tips I might use next time. Thanks a lot!

Love, Ivana