A Feather On The Beach

An Artist's Journal

Getting Back To Work


Since I had my hand surgery back in April I have been doing well with physical therapy and getting my thumb back to normal, but I have had a hard time getting back to my regular drawing.  I had missed it so much and then when I sat down at my desk something seemed to stand between me and my work.  I started reading some blogs, articles and books about artist’s block, resistance, fear and such to see if I could understand what had happened over those few months of not working.

After reading all of these ideas, thoughts and remedies for artist’s block I have decided that the only thing you can really do is just draw again.  Draw anything!  Make yourself doodle, scribble, sketch and don’t worry about what it looks like.

I guess I am really fortunate that this is the first time in many years that I have run into something like this. I’ve often met  people that I’ve done artwork for and they have asked me if I’m still drawing.  I’d tell them that I will always be drawing. What a silly question I’d think.  But for a moment lately I had begun to wonder.  It seems, though, that all you have to do is get that pencil back on the paper and it will all work itself out with little effort at all.

I got my camera and sketchbook out today and started looking for inspiration.  I am always inspired by nature  so I photographed some beautiful vines that were in our yard.  Most people would call some of them “weeds” and they do need cleaning up a bit, but they are still lovely to me the way the light shine through their leaves.  I did some little doodles in my book and I thought I’d share a few of both with you here.  Remember they are only “doodles” but at least they are getting done!  Now to finish the portrait my client has been patiently waiting for.

Vines on the deck

Vines climbing taller stalk

Tiny vine

A vine inspired doodle

Vine and flower sketch


Author: cArol


2 thoughts on “Getting Back To Work

  1. Your photos and “doodles” are beautiful (quality of light in the photos and line work in the drawings). A timely and inspirational post. Congratulations on being able to push through and get back to drawing again. : )

    • Thanks so much, Barbara. I had no idea that it would be so difficult getting back to work. I guess it was silly to think that I’d just pick up where I left off. I still don’t have full strength in my thumb, so the lines are a bit wobbly especially when tired and fatigue comes quickly still. I am happy that at least I am not as afraid to try and got a few ideas on paper.

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