Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I am starting to hate homework. 
Yesterday I stared at this for a least 2 hours.....

The assignment was this:
This assignment is about doing a drawing involving a landscape that includes a narrative or metaphorical narrative depicting the list of elements (listed below) from your imagination. The drawing can be as realistic or surreal as people wish provided the work presents a narrative with layered thematic content that is unique. Consider details, specific characteristics and contexts for each item/element to make your narrative unique. This assignment is about being given specific parameters and demonstrating the ability to be innovative and unique within those specific parameters.

Out of the list below you are required to depict the following 21 elements into you work:

1) House with one window that allows the viewer to see inside the house.

2) Cityscape or mountain range on the horizon in the background to suggest deep space in the picture.

3) Sculpture

4) Person riding their bike, skateboard, or rollerblading

5) Road

6) Fence

7) Shed or outhouse with entrance open allowing the viewer to see inside

8) Two people inside or outside who own/rent the house (these two people are in addition to the person riding their bike, skateboard or rollerblading)

9) Car

10) Boat, kayak or canoe

11) Flowers

12) 6 birds

13) Performance artist (historical or created)

14) Clothes line with clothes that signify the couple that are living in the house.

15) Garbage can and recycling container

16) Grass

17) River or stream

18) Tree

19) Bill board

20) Lawn furniture

21) Tunnel entrance in the landscape that connects to road

Talk about soul sucking!!!!!!!!
 I seriously spent countless hours just thinking about this assignment with nothing to show for it!

The view from my window pretty much sums up my inspiration pot right about now...

Sorry for the depressing post today, hopefully the next one will be filled with inspiration and things cheery and light. I'll leave you with a quote I found....

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case."  Chuck Close


  1. I agree with the quote. Although inspiration is nice...

  2. Oh! I sooo know the feeling of sitting and nothing coming! It's the worst. I hope that you find the inspiration you need!

  3. Brutal. As I scrolled down I kept expecting the list to end... and it kept going... and going...

    As a side note, how did you get a pretty font on your blog?

  4. Karis, the font was just one of the options from my template designer, i have no idea how all the fun fonts got there! :s