Artists, Painters, multi-creative check-in

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I don't recall anyone starting a thread like this lately so here goes. I paint once a week or more in a face-to-face and online painting class. For a couple of years I tried my hand at writing stories about my art and music. It inspired a lot of songs and a few more paintings. The writing part got stuck in slogging/editing mode and I was not enjoying it as much as songwriting or painting. Eventually I had to prioritize. Songwriting ended up as a number one hobby. Painting number two, and writing number three. While I did NaNoWriMo for the last three years, my writing is relegated to directly to support songwriting, like freewriting or idea generation during November NaNoWriMo for the parallel NaSoAlMo challenge. What other creative activities do you pursue besides songwriting?

Hi, I use to draw and paint a little too. Perhaps it is time for me to get back into those hobbies. Also, I enjoy photography. I take pride in my picture shooting because I get shots the average person misses. That said, music and audio have always been my number one hobby. Nice thread you started. Maybe I can post pictures in here later.

I used to paint allot... oils... not so much anymore. I've tried to write. I get a good overview, yet never get down to the nuts and bolts. Is gardening creative? I do allot of that. For me, it's like painting(?) Smile

@jcollins Cool art & photo info! I post a few photos on instagram, most taken with the phone. We have a Nikon that works as point & shoot, mainly using the zoom lens for occasional bird or backyard photos. [@nutation] I use acrylics and occasionally water soluble oils, I don't want to mess with turpentine. If gardening is creative for you then it is Smile Most plants are indeed a work of art. My wife and I have planted a lot of bird and butterfly attractant native plants and have a few bird feeders. For me that is more of a source of inspiration and a way to refill the well.

[@nutation] - Gardening, to me, is certainly creative! I consider my yard a work of art always in progress. And I spent a lot of time there today - might be the last truly spring-like day in Florida for a while.
I've worked as a writer/journalist and taught writing (high school journalism and creative writing), but these days I just can't make myself consistently write the way I consistently practice music.
A few weeks ago, I found some poems I wrote back when I taught creative writing. There might be some 50/90 ideas in those poems somewhere.

I wrote a bit once upon a time. I haven't painted since h.s. (and being just a bit color blind never helped the confidence much.) I do some small time photography and it isn't what I call being an artist, but I do submit songfight album art fairly regularly. Which involves manipulation rather than creation more often than not. Design work at best.

The more I think of it, the more I'm a songwriting (only) fool.

@AndyGetch, once I went DSLR there is no turning back for me. Yes, I still take pictures with my phone (point and shoot) but I realize I was only taking average pictures. Now with my zoom lens, I can focus on my subject and use the natural lens blur (forgot the correct word for this). Sometimes I get fabulous pictures. One thing for sure is anytime I do a picture shoot I always come out with at least a few good ones.

My painting was with water colors. The teacher thought that would be a good start for me. To my surprise, they don't look watered down, and are full of color. So when I get back into drawing, and painting, my painting will be watercolors. Oil is a little more than I can handle, I think. I hate acrylics so it's either water colors or oil for me. Sadly, my paintings are all gone now. I mostly painted animals and we had them hung on the wall...looked good. But that was years ago and they "disapeared".

I self-describe as a mad artist, but my medium is a wordy one.

I think I actually enjoy writing stories more than songs, but my output is much better when it comes to songs than stories.

I'm known to sing improvised songs to help me get focus for stories.

My end-goal is to take an hour, and to either produce a moderately functional song or a moderately functional story.

I like writing, knitting and crocheting. I also sometimes make music videos which for me is a big deal. I'm not a visual person, so to map out a video and get it shot in a day is a challenge.

I'm not really that creative, but I have done and served as an ML for NaNoWriMo for a number of years now. Still waffling on whether or not to continue with it. Also have done a little computer programming for fun as a creative outlet, but I'm so out of that now it's not funny. Music and family are my big personal outlets, I think.

@tcelliott I'm focusing more on writing, but use the different channels other hobbies provide to get to creative ideas. @jcollins I do have a camera with 300x zoom, which is great for taking pictures of birds, most of the time the phone is with me (while camera is not) and used for ooooh-look-at-that pictures. @yam655 Mad and Wordy. Sounds like a song/story title. I did freewriting and some dialogue, but mostly freewriting to get the wordcount, to help generate ideas and dive deeper for my song arc last 50/90 and NaNoWriMo. @katpiercemusic Your videos are super fun! @metalfoot Are too! I'm debating on whether to write for wordcount again, so I am also waffling on NaNo :/

You all are such fun to be around Smile

@AndyGetch, it's an evolving process for me. I'm working on trying to take what helps me succeed at songwriting and employing it in my story writing. This past April, I wrote a dozen short stories based upon my songs.

I may have talked myself out of novel writing, as such, in favor of a more lightly coupled approach. It's like the difference between a 40 minute themed album of independent tracks and an 40 minute album where all tracks segue and the whole could be seen as an operetta. They both contain songs, but one is linked together differently... and yet they're both far more like each other than either of them are like a single, cohesive 40 minute song.

What I want to write isn't a collection of short stories, but it is closer to a collection of short stories than a single cohesive novel.

I compose instrumentals for the most part but I do like to write lyrics & songs. Outside of music, I roleplay Star Trek for fun, which means writing stories sometimes by myself and sometimes with others on the 'ship'. I also like to paint [although I haven't recently], I have a good number of finished canvases in my closet. I've done NaNoWriMo 4 or 5 times, think I 'won' once. I have a couple of unfinished novels and at least one non-fiction outline lying around. I also like taking photos for fun. Oh, and I've done a fair bit of acting, not just musicals, but comedies and drama. I did a few years of 'what's my line' style comedy improv in my old home town. I think each creative thing we do (whether we're good at it or not) feeds our other creative interests.... funny how we question our abilities all the time... best advice I think is to keep going whether it's 'good enough' or not according to your inner critic. Do it anyway. Keep the flow going and see where it takes you.

I mainly do digital stuff. The last month I did backgrounds for a point and click game that's probably coming out this autumn called Splittown.

Other than that... I did a couple of concept art pieces for the previous game.

Good thread! I'm going to take this as a reminder to make more things beyond music -- like stories, poetry, drawings, paintings, clothes, all of which I've enjoyed doing in the past. I have been applying my creativity to cooking and videos lately.

I'm committed to writing a musical for July as a combined project for 50/90 and the July Camp NaNoWriMo.

I'm currently doing a soft roll-out for a website catering to the things I make. It's not a blog. It's not a store. It should support people using RSS/Atom aggregation to pull in my content, whether that's sheet music, audio demos or ePUB stories.

I'm also adding sing-a-long karaoke-style lyrics for my songs. It turned out that with a little software help, I can generate WebVTT files from either my strange little audio program (for variable-tempo stuff) or from the MIDI files created by Lilypond (the music annotation program I use). It's really very neat when it works. (It currently works best in Chrome.)

As well as writing lyrics, I've always loved photography. I especially like playing with my multitude of apps to create digitally enhanced images.

I took up painting (again, after having abandoned it decades ago) late last year (acrylic and alcohol ink), and really enjoy that. There was a contest for alcohol ink artists recently, and I've just learned that one of my pictures was selected and will be printed on canvas and hung in an integrated health care centre in Montrose, Colorado (the centre will open at the end of June). I got a kick out of that. Smile

I also have a CafePress (online) shop, where I sell a lot of pictures in the form of framed prints and notecards, as well as on other items, e.g. jewellery boxes, coaster tiles, and so on.

I love being active in a few different creative niches, even though I'll never achieve fame or fortune - nor would I want to - in any of them. Smile For me, it's all about the journey. Smile

Macro and ultra-macro photography is my "other" artistic outlet. Looking at the world through a magnifying lens opens up all sorts of vistas. Smile

Lyric writing and topline melody is my main creative outlet, via collaboration Smile and that is my work too.

Apart from that I garden for hours everyday this time of year (I have a very very big area of land to maintain), I love cooking, I take a lot of photos, plus I paint (watercolours with charcoal, and sometimes acrylics and oils), and I design crochet and write patterns now and then.

Oh yes, I write short stories and magazine articles, I blog, and have 2 half written cook books and an almost completed book about gathering your own food from the wild and ways to use it.

Once upon a time I also used to make sculptures from objects found on beaches and in harbours (made good money doing that too Wink )

I'll be writing my memoir during Camp NaNoWriMo this July and I've gone back to working with colored pencils and shading on paper, as well as my sewing and costuming for medieval reenactment and cosplay. That in addition to my musical work. It's out there on the internet somewhere - I have a song or two.

I wanted to start to make a cover for an EP or something I might be working on 50/90 (damn all this pre-planning). I'm pretty happy with it so far.

How many of us have designed our own album art? Y'all know that qualifies, right?

I like yours, Ianuarius, and I'm not sure I ever properly thanked you for the art you did for me years ago. I love it and use it often.

Thanks TC! Glad you like the piggypic. I should make some adjustments to it, but I'm afraid it'll never happen. Biggrin

That's what you said about the pic in the first place. But I'm super pleased with it. No adjustments necessary as far as I'm concerned.

In fact, ever year I think about switching my "album art" here and at FAWM, but I can't quite give up the pig on the potty.

I paint (acrylic) and love to take photographs. Like songwriting, just for me and some friends.
Photographs usually during holiday or traveling. And little time for painting since I became a mom (because I needs a couple of hours at a stretch) but after a 2 year break I took a 4 day painting class the week before easter, 4 days = 20 hours, 11 paintings = 3,5 square meters (rather experimental) Smile that was fun ! Now paint and brushes take a rest in the basement for a year or two again...

I used to do lots of other creative stuff, but there no longer seem to be enough hours in the day. I haven't taken part in NaNoWriMo for several years now.
I used to draw a fair bit, which is how I ended up meeting Motorhead, Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne...
I still do photography:

This is a fascinating thread to read. I write things like logic texts. Seriously, it is totally creative.

@Ianuarius Nice!

@tcelliott I design my own album art, and have done it for a couple of other people. I'm artistic and I can use the software, which helps lol I used to be a professional copywriter in the arts and photography area, so can also write the blurb etc.

Glad to see the thread take off like this since the reset. Designing album art is definitely art. For me, some song ideas come through other creative channels.

I lurk in graveyards taking pictures and then I turn them in to trippy, psychedelic shots of headstones.
"Psychedelic_graveyard" on Instagram.

I don't paint as often and I should! The painting of colorful zebras on my profile is one of mine. I seem to have lost my belief in myself after a couple of "duds".

Don't let self doubt get you down, @cindyrella!!

Winners realize that every dud is just another step on the ladder towards beauty. There is simply no other way. The only question is how long it takes for you to get all those duds out of your system.

These days I tend to like my works more but they're still not quite there yet. Just means I gotta paint more.

I draw, not a lot anymore but since I was very young I've been spitting out comics. I just love to draw silly stuff and I even made a 90 issue series in high school of my friends and stuff that happened in school. Most where just two pages folded over but it got to be more of a headache by the end ha ha. It went from silly drawings to really pushing myself to make it better. I spent most of high school with my head in my comics.

Captain Underpants inspired me to make comics when I was a kid. Those George and Harold comics in the middle where like poorly drawn and for a kid it was great to see this like hey! I can do that to! I copy catted them a lot and soon made my own stuff. I drew Star Wars comics a lot, I had a character SUPER STORMTROOPER! Very original I know. Then later on I did the school thing and just made comics about people doing things which are...exciting? Not really.

For my 6th album Magnus Bridge I intended it to be a concept album that I'd make a comic for or better get art in my music. I haven't been feeling all that inspired to draw recently though and I hit a major slump last year. I haven't made a comic since the beginning of 2016. I'd like to get back to it some day. All my focus has been on my music recently.

[@BarryGoldman] Do you do inks or more digital stuff? My sister does a lot of comics. I tried, but the inking is way too hard for me. Biggrin Got any of your stuff on the internet?

Paging @Mosley....

@lanuarius I inked for the longest time but two years ago I got a tablet so the last few comics I made I inked with that. I don't like to draw with a tablet but it's amazing for inking. Good for colouring as well. I don't colour my comics, but for single illustrations.

I can share stuff, everything is out dated however. This is something very quick I did over a year ago, just something to draw to draw. I'm better at drawing people now. As you see I go for dense silly details. After 4 pages it's a few from something I did at the beginning of 2016, just a little bit...the rest of it isn't as...refined. I'm not the cleanest. Lastly is my most recent thing, the cover for my album Magnus Bridge.

Ah look at that I replied wrong and I can't fix it. Oh well.

I do psychedelic art as "Electric Catnip" on Facebook and Instagram Smile It's a mashup of styles, lots of digital apps as well as traditional art techniques, and then I animate using After Effects, and lately I'm working on incorporating Blender into my digital workflow...

I used to draw a bit, thought I was pretty good, went to school for commercial art for a bit, discovered I was horrible at rendering, decided that was probably a pretty important aspect of the whole thing, stopped going to school. Didn't really do much with art for a while after that. Was hanging around with an artist for a while she was into abstract and conceptual art ( I wasn't at the time ). She encouraged me to give no objective painting a try and taught me to play with the medium (whatever it was; watercolor, charcoal, acrylic) which was a concept I hadn't really explored, but now I employ it in anything creative I do. I've done some photo-manipulation stuff.I did a series of cow paintings at one time (there is a story behind that). I haven't done much visually lately, but I hope to once I move.

Here is some of my photomanipulation stuff;

I'll have to see if I can did up pictures of the cow series (they exsist, somewhere)

Your art is quite nice, @pipewrench67. Great photos, wonderful manipulation.