Study 53: Art Resolutions-Umbrellas Over Muchmore

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. 

1:15am Friday, March 13, 2015

I am not often sleepless, but when I am, there is usually no cure except to get whatever is tormenting me out of my head. That often means writing, cleaning, fixing, planning or, in this case, drawing.


A current and pervasive struggle lately is completing an art show and finding a venue. I have plenty to show, but the writer/designer in me has suffered to determine its thematic direction both contextually and visually. Probably overthinking it but I haven’t done a one-person show since undergrad. At any rate, early yesterday morning ideas began to come. There isn’t a coherent pattern yet but I’m ready to commit to a dedicated time each day to move things ahead. I didn’t plan for that time to come in the middle of the night, but neither am I a slave to convention. The point is–that this nocturnal epiphany may have provided the needed break in my intellectual and creative bottleneck.

Why umbrellas?

If this obsession with small, functional items seems absurd, it is perhaps that for me they are much more. They are symbols of cultures, design and color systems, abiding loves, freedom, independence, travel, joy, and nurture. More explanation is needed, I know, but that must wait for later–maybe even an artist’s statement.

At 1:15am, the umbrellas came back. This time more representational and flying. I rendered them in pencil and marker. When I was finished, I could see them as a finished canvas and other ideas followed. Those small times are the ones I would repeat over and over. Those small moments of flow.

flying umbrellas


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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