About 2021

In 2021 it seemed that covid and more covid once again ruled the air waves and our minds. It was a year of loss for many. Loss of loved ones and loss of health, loss of social contacts and for many of us a loss of trust. I can only hope that things will get better soon for everyone who is struggling with loss of any kind.

For some making art has been an escape, for others like me it became more difficult. I feel privileged because I had a choice of creative paths to help me get through these difficult times.

I took up the classical guitar to keep my mind off of unpleasant realities and have found that I really love this journey.

As far as writing goes, I made the mistake of starting a dystopian novel before the pandemic began. Since it felt too much like dystopia became my reality, that writing project shut my writing right down. Someday soon I’ll begin writing again, more likely than not with something different in the realm of fiction. Something satirical, something hopeful. Maybe even something with a happy ending.

My camera and digital tools have kept me involved in creating visual art. Since my walls and print drawers are getting crowded, I plan to create more digital art than paintings or drawings in the future.

The following images are a sample of the  digital art that I shared on Twitter this past December as I joined artists from around the world who shared their art using the hashtag #ArtAdventCalendar.

Inspiration comes from doing. . .

I didn’t sleep well last night and that left me feeling very unfocused today. I had a hard time doing much of anything, let alone writing or making art . So how to solve that one?

When I tell someone that I’m an artist, or a writer ( depending on the day because I do both) they often reply with some version of ‘you can’t be expected to work if you’re not feeling inspired’ and then I have to hold back.

Anyone who wants to get anywhere as a creative – artist, writer, musician , designer or what have you has to throw that one out the window. Do it early and do it fast. In order to achieve anything in your creative field of choice let that one go. Into the trash. Shut the lid and leave it behind forever.

Then do something. It might involve a creative task or a short walk or spending an hour catching up on tasks you would prefer to avoid. Whatever works. Everyone is different. For me, I enjoy making digital art. It can be quick and fun. I didn’t need to buy expensive software because there are plenty of good free open source programs out there for which, I will say it again, I am eternally grateful.

Today I used Gimp, a free and open source image editor to change a photograph of an abstract mixed media painting that I created some years ago. I had fun doing it and ended up with three very different images from what I started with. It got the creative juices going. So back to work now. And tonight an early bedtime.

‘Green Ribbons over stones’ digital art by E.M.Schumacher
“Green burst over Stones” digital image by E.M.Schumacher
“Blue Pixels over Stones” digital image by E.M.Schumacher
“Water over Stones” mixed media on paper abstract by E.M.Schumacher.
(The image that started it all!)