Thursday, April 20, 2006
A mountain to climb
Taken a few weeks ago, this is the view from our apartment. That's a cable car at the top and a quarry below. We just happen to be opposite the least attractive bit but I still like the view! If I had my camera, I'd take a photo today to show the difference because the trees are green now and colours are appearing in gardens. When I was house-hunting, one of the estate agents happened to mention that some people don't like living near the mountains which surprised me. I feel they add a sense of scale, they remind me of how small we are - and ant-like, busy being busy.
All this inspiration and I'm not drawing. I hope it's a short, temporary blip. It may be because I'm a little fed up with being here now. Everything in the apartment seems especially designed to be uncomfortable to sit or lie on, ugly to look at and inconvenient to use (if it's supplied at all). Housing is in short supply so we are lucky to be here but I'm looking forward to leaving - in about 6 weeks and counting.
Perhaps the problem was that I was looking at work that would normally give me inspiration. Why is it that sometimes it inspires and at others, totally deflates? If others are doing things so much better, why bother? I also found a lot of pencil artists sites and it brought up that old chestnut - what is an artist? Seems like it doesn't bother some of them as long as they can hold a pencil, get a general likeness and sell portraits of young, female celebrities. (Who are they? Does anyone care?) I bored of drawing perfectly symmetrical faces in my teens! I think the word artist is too 'one size fits all' , we need a few more more descriptive terms. I don't really understand the art versus craft debate either (labels, labels!) but at least the word 'craftsman' implies quality.
I have a rare day today as I don't need to go out and it's going to be warm and sunny. I'll sit on the balcony, the one part of the apartment I do like, and draw. Later on I'll watch the paragliders circling around the mountain. I don't like heights but I think it must be amazing to be up there just watching the world go by.