Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Hiatus

Summer Hiatus

In the beginning ... 

You can tell in this photo that I'm in the middle of a painting ... well in the middle isn't correct, I've got the block in done.  Darn, now that I have my painting blocked in I see I broke my own rule of 'thumb nails' first.  Hmm, realizing that I'm tempted to just leave it and move on to something else, but, I always feel I need to finish what I start, so I will.

I've been thinking lately that I spend way too much time on the internet.  Checking out other artists work, checking my e-mails, reading blogs etc. Anything but create, and because of that I've decided that I'm going to take a summer hiatus from the internet.

I want to develop my own personal style and checking out all the blogs I notice that so many of the artists work is beginning to look the same to me.  I'm not sure if that is because they have all studied from the same awesome artist or, my familiarity with the work, ... well, I don't' know why.   But, I want to develop my own style and need to get more painting behind me & not be influenced by one artists style for the time being. That, for me, means staying off the internet ...

Since I've been sharing my sketchbooks with youI want to:
  1. Do more sketching, and
  2. I'm loving my experience with oils and I definately want to do more oils, especially plein air painting. 
  3. Focus on my work and not the internet.
So, for the summer I'm going to take an internet hiatus.  Although, I may check in occasionally just to let you know I'm alive...

I have a few more Art of the Sketchbook posts scheduled for Fridays and then they will also take an internet break.

Until then keep on being creative ...


  1. Nancy sounds like a plan I should follow. I just might do that come mid July into August.

    Keep painting and I'll be here on the other end.

  2. Can't wait to see what you post in the fall then! Have a great summer.

  3. Missing you already. Have fun.

  4. I will be trying my best to stay off the internet too; it is a MAJOR distraction for me. Along with the Detroit Tigers!