Now and then, a wandering muse comes through camp, and sets up shop, and I find myself submitting to sampling the wares. I love phases when they come through, and right now, one has settled in, whether permanently or temporary, I can't say, but who am I not to take due advantage?
I think everyone gets those. In writing. In art. Something grabs your interest and you go for it - then get tired of it and move on. I think its part of 'experimenting' with styles, and subjects and finding your own niche. Problem is, when do you actually stop experimenting and find that niche? lol
For me, lately? Its playing the violin - and ballet. It seems to work itself into a fair bit of my work. Writing - is harder, you can only fit it into so much without getting silly. But its definitely a passing fancy that'll find itself a place sooner or later. (Oddly, its not the technicalities of ballet, either. The more I learn of those, the less I care for it. Its the art of it. . .the grace, the being able to dance out one's passions, etc. Makes it odd to work in anywhere, to be honest! ) And no, I don't dance (hah!! I'd probably be an elephant in a tutu if I tried. Or was that a hippo?) and I don't play the violin, though I'd dearly love to. I used to play the flute, but after a rather chaotic move, my flute is dead. So either way I need a new instrument and those cost big $$$ -sigh-
You're talking to a frustrated portrait artist. So these moody elves are working out just fine; they're giving me a chance to work with lighting, which I believe helps make the portrait, and they're conveying the current month in progress. I look at it as a new way of 'whining' without actually whining.
Ah, two of my favourite things; ballet and violins (there's a symphony of Mozart's I absolutely adore) But see, it's the KNOWING of the technicalities that allows you to deviate and play with the medium, of course, (even with another medium) to make art. So you're still ahead. But see you already knew that. I think it also helps you appreciate the work the artist puts into their chosen medium to create the art. (totally off the track, but I got to see a prima ballerina perform ... ) No, I don't dance, nor do I play an instrument (maybe a kazoo, on a good day) but I do appreciate any artist who displays talent in their chosen medium.
lol Whining via your art is actually a good way to do it. I have done it in my stories a few times. Sometimes comes out kinda silly, but it usually does make you feel better to get it 'out' in one form or another. At least getting it out in art is more productive than sitting there whining about it and doing nothing.
Yeah, knowing the technicalities definitely helps. Not knowing anything at all just makes you look and feel. . .like an idiot who hasn't done their research. rotflol Though I suppose it depends on how detailed you're going to get as well. I can write ballet reasonably well if I keep it minor, and don't take it to where I need to remember the terms and actual positions. (And since I'm currently using it on a character who's only taking it on the sidelines, that works. The terms I need, I can use and sound semi-knowledable. ) But yes, I agree, the more you know of it, the more you can appreciate the people who actually have talents in that regard.
Cool that you've actually got to see a ballerina perform. I've watched it on tv and Youtube, of course, and read about it and watched stuff about it, but I'd never seen any of it live. Don't think I've seen a live opera either, for that matter. But I kind of like ballets better, anyway. Though some of the operas have fantastic sections that sweep you away and drown you in emotion.
And I've gotten side tracked on the conversation again. rotflol
Yes, I agree ... productive whining is the best! Hence my being an artist, and sometimes writer. And that's what I like about being a writer, too. If I can't do it, my characters can, or try, or usually just do. And I have to admit, there are sometimes I would rather live vicariously, anyway.
I've never gotten into the detailed technicalities; I know some people LOVE it! (how a particular government works, and what propels the spaceship through the wormhole with every available mathmatical equation and logic to prove it kind of thing.) I think that's ONE reason Terry Pratchett appeals to me so much. I like enough detail but not to be bogged under with it, unless it's imperative to the story line.
I will watch a ballet over an opera almost any day. Certain vocal timbres can really make or break an opera. And I totally agree with you about being swept away and drowning in emotion. "One fine day" almost always gives me chills, and "Nessendorma" (depending on who its sung by) helps me attain some of the emotional effects for my landscapes, sometimes, if that makes any sense. I "see" it with the music.
Ohh, yeah, I used to get that all the time; I'd notice I'd spend a good amount of a school year focusing on drawing one or two fandoms or OC's xD For instance, in 8th grade it was neopets, ninth grade it was a lot of OC's, etc. Fifth grade it was Pokemon... Those were the more prominent ones I remember XD
Nowadays though I'm lucky to have time to doodle at all D: Outside of homework projects, I mean...