The Creative Endeavors Thread Takes Its Time

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Hey, gang; the “Paper Chase” Guy here again, here to host the Creative Endeavors Thread this week.

August is a favorite month of mine for a number of reasons. All of the festivals that crowd my town during the summer are over and done with, the students don’t come back until the end of the month, and there’s a pleasantly lazy vibe that takes over, one you’d think would be unfriendly to endeavor of any sort, let alone creative. Though that usually isn’t the case with me, I’ve found that the heat this summer (the weekends around Memorial Day and the Fourth of July were especially nasty) has kept me from doing all that much. I’m trying not to let that get me down this month; though there might not be as much work done as such, I’m doing some housekeeping like browsing art supplies and organizing my existing pieces (picked up several cheap frames yesterday and finally got my best painting into a more presentable format), not to mention edging my way slowly but surely back towards the project of finishing my webcomic.

Much of this is in preparation for the autumn and winter, which have tended to be my most productive creative time for almost a decade (especially back when I was still writing). A lot of this is down to greater amounts of inside time; there’s a lot less outdoor activity and I feel a lot less guilty about shutting myself in. So, while I’ve noticed many tend to dread the onrush of winter, I kinda love it. So I’ll open the floor to a discussion question. Is your creativity ever time- or weather-dependent? Do you have set times or favorite months, seasons, etc., to create?

Since I couldn’t come up with a suitable header image, I’m using one of my favorite paintings: The Annunciation (1898), by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937). Tanner was probably the most famous African-American artist of the nineteenth century, and his portrayal of The Annunciation (now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art) is probably my favorite rendering of the Biblical story (in which Mary gets the startling news that she’ll be the Mother of God), one often portrayed in medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. Tanner was known especially for his popular religious narrative art, and The Annunciation is really breathtaking in this regard (especially how the Angel Gabriel, who brought the news, is portrayed as this weird energy force rather than a winged seraph). Noteworthy, too, that Tanner’s fiancee Jessie allegedly served as the model for Mary. Great stuff and I’ve gotten to see his Flight Into Egypt at the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as his Two Disciples at the Tomb at the Art Institute of Chicago.