Small steps

I write this mostly for the creative section because with work, you typically have a deadline but with creative stuff, it’s something you do voluntarily. It’s something that has no real deadline (unless you are putting in a show). I write this for the hobbiest, or side-painter who is doing it where the motivator is themselves and there is no one else pushing them—they do it for the love of whatever they are doing.

So without further ado, even if you cannot I get a full days work into what you love, a little bit is better than nothing. However, when it comes to art, it can be somewhat (not counterproductive) but more so frustrating I suppose because with art, you need to warm up. I guess that only takes a few minutes but if you’ve only got 1/2hr, it can take a chunk out of that time. Plus, if your work contains getting dirty, you must change your clothing to make that mess. And it can be discouraging.

The solution I’ve found to work is to just ignore the thoughts that say “you won’t have time”, “ugh, don’t wanna do it, don’t wanna get messy” and just do it. Rush through that warm up and make those scribbles, it can improve your art too (unless you are a slow draw-er), but going fast is good in most cases—you think less, judge less, and do more. You do better work. It’s almost like gesture painting. I recall learning to draw models. We needed that type of warm up and with it being in real time, it was always encouraged to go quickly, especially through the warm up. You may in fact surprise yourself begging “just one more minute, then I’ll go”.

So don’t fret if you haven’t the time, there are benefits to “just getting it over with”. You’ll feel better for doing it, do better work, and you get to pat yourself on the back for getting it done—no time is ever wasted time when you just push through and get it over with. Good or bad. Whatever the outcome.

Squiggle first later.
Warm up.
Started in a new direction. “Break through” if you will.

By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.