Where We Begin

Once Upon a Time, in a far off land…..

The first line is the beginning, right? Whether that line be made from a pencil to create an image or from a pen (keyboard in many cases) to formulate some dynamic prose, the first line is indeed the beginning.

As I have mentioned several times before, since I began this blog, that for a long while I struggled with beginning at all. I would ruminate on ideas, conversations between characters in potential stories, the colors that would go together sweetly on a canvas, but actually starting these projects, making them manifest, was an entirely different world.

original vector drawing
original vector drawing

For almost two years, (it will be two years this coming June) I have been able to get my written word’s legs over the starting line, and have even been able to get them running until they have made several healthy laps around. I am feeling pretty good about this by the way. A beginning is a beginning.

Even my art, since the birthing of this blog has started to flow, but one thing remains a curiosity to me…Why do I always start my art on the left side of the page? Years ago someone else made the same observation.

I mean, if I have not started on the left, a figure will be turned towards the left. And when I do begin there (on the left, that is) I find that I kind of hug the left side. Its strange because there is all that space for growth on the right and yet…

On one of my early sketching post, I began at the left and eased gently towards the right. I could have lived without filling up the right side of the page truth be told.

We all have our starting points. Sometimes when I write I start the story in the middle and then patch different written sections together like a quilt. I am not too certain that art can be “patched” together so liberally, but then maybe I am over thinking it.

I think what I will begin to do next week is attempt a drawing from the RIGHT. Honestly as I type this I feel a bit anxious which has to mean something. It may just mean I am not too keen on change…which is true. But that still does  not answer why I have to start things on the Left in the first place. I have this thought that maybe I start on the left because I write from right to left and since I am more given to expressing my creativity through words I default there.

In the end I have not clear answer, just a whole bunch of guesses and a ton of possibilities waiting to fill the right side of the page.

Dear Reader/Soup Seeker,

Where do you begin with your art? Do you notice any subconscious patterns or rules that you adhere to?

Do feel free to chat about it in the comment section.

Artistically,

Exploring All the Possibilities

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