Thursday, October 21, 2010


"sweatered yellow bird"
mixed media collage
8 x 8 x 1.5 wood panel
(c) 2010 julie king

i've never really been one to sketch a lot. for me, the fun in creating art has always been about all the color. but a couple of months ago i bought a clearance sketchbook and already it is about 1/3 full of doodles and words and scribbles and art ideas galore. how freeing it is to simply let my mind and hand wander freely with no destination and no pressure to create a finished design. i've noticed one of the patterns in my doodling is accessorizing birds with cute hats, sweaters, scarves and boots. i've also been humanizing a lot of inanimate objects. i can tell that i should have been sketching all along as my creative mind is more free and original when in sketch mode.

maybe my creative burst is at least in part because i'm not watching tv these days. when i first moved into this sweet little cottage my daughter gave me an old hand-me-down tv that fit just perfectly on the $20 goodwill entertainment center i purchased. the first two weeks i watched glee and grey's anatomy and had it on for background noise a few times.  but alas on tuesday night it would not even turn on. thank goodness glee was a re-run. i may buy a tv eventually but for now i am quite content.

8 comments:

playcrane said...

How fun is this piece of art!

So good of you to contact your creative self on the doodling page!

I can relate to what you say about TV. I also have been spending too much time chilling out in front of the boob tube. There's much more important things I could be doing.

Kristy Worden said...

I love this one! and I do think TV is a creativity killer and a time-sucker-upper. On the other hand, sometimes I don't have it in me to come up with my own entertainment...

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I am content with no TV also...our minds think differently than others. We can see color and joy in our minds so I don't think we need the TV to do it for us. I love your bird with her sweater on...cuteness

Joyce said...

This art is so colorful, fun and cheerful.xo

steviewren said...

This piece is one of my favorites! I love the playful little bird in the sweater. I agree, TV sucks the life out of us all. It also brings a lot to the table. The real job is being disciplined enough to turn it off when needed.

Ruth said...

I just LOVE this bird picture. Way way way better than TV.

Susan said...

This piece is beautiful Julie - so bright & cheery. I find, more and more because I'm at my desk all day I listen to TV while working at my computer. It's way better to "watch" TV online almost without commercials.

SKIZO said...

It’s always a pleasure
to see such a Wonderful Work
good creations