Leaving my comfort zone

I’ve been working systematically in sketchbooks for nearly 4 years, starting out doing urban sketching, which I like a lot! (My background as an architecture student in the late 1980’ probably unconsciously steered me in this direction when I now, many years later, wanted to take up art).

Wanting a stronger sense of authenticity in my art, I am gradually leaving the world as a place of common understanding, logic & sense, behind. Depicting places in the external world as seen & felt is no longer the most important challenge to me. My new world is a world existing in a different sphere, a world of rhythm and inexplicable feelings, of random meetings and collisions. It’s difficult to leave a known world behind. I enjoy making nice, easy recognizable pictures. But to make my work mine, I know I must leave my comfort zone.

For three weeks now I’ve been following Karen Stamper’s online course Free up your sketchbook and grow, I’m halfway through the course & it has already exceeded all my expectations. It has turned out to be just what I need at this stage of my development.

In Karen’s course we are working in concertina sketchbooks. Here is a short film of mine, in the midst of its creation.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosemary says:

    Sigrun, I have enjoyed watching you grow as a painter/artist. I agree, that to grow means to risk and stretch — what have we got to lose?

    1. Sigrun says:

      Maybe all we lose are old habits? Still feels scary though – 😳😅

  2. bluebrightly says:

    You’re baring the emotions…the format shows the way each day is different but there is always a flow in our emotional lives – whether it’s comfortable and smooth or abrupt and difficult, the days connect. The concertina is the perfect way to show that. Thanks for the video!

    1. Sigrun says:

      What wonderful observations – thank you so much for taking time to watch & respond!

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