Tool Time

A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.
— Robert Hughes
A bad workman always blames his tools.
— Proverb

Hello Creative Friends,

How is your spring going?  It is lovely here in the Piney Woods.  My mother is out in the yard right now trying to beat the grass back from taking over the flower beds. Her weapon of choice is a swarthy hatchet and some well placed jabs with a garden trowel.  Trust me, she knows which end of the tool to use.

It is important to have the tools you need for the job at hand.  I wish I had paid attention to this rule a long time ago in my art career, I might have spent my money more wisely.  However, it is also true that making do with what we have can prompt our creativity to fill in the gaps when an expensive trip to the art supply store isn't possible.

I have painted with q-tips, stiff bristled worn-out brushes, a real knife instead of a pallet knife and that old stand by that every kindergartner swears by: my fingers.  It is seductive to listen to the voice that says you must wait until you have everything you need before you can be creative, but I believe this can be a stalling tactic that can lead to a creative block.

Now that I live out in the county, the art supplies aren't as easy to come by as they used to be, so I am having to relearn that what I have is good enough for today.  That is why I love art journaling.  There are really no excuses not to find something to do on a journal page, even if you don't have the latest tool or supply.

I wish you all the best tools, but if you don't have them yet, I wish you a rusty monkey wrench sense of accomplishment.

Cheering you artfully on,