I have had so many wonderful art buyers commission me to create new originals this year!!! It has been non-stop for me since the middle of summer. I've learned many things about my working process, what I can do, what I love to do and what I don't want to do. Here is a great painting that I'm working on right now, and it's close to being finished.
"Daydream" is available as canvas giclee prints.
This blog post is part of a chain of blog hops. Each artist answers three questions, and selects three more artists to continue the chain. Thanks to Miriam Schulman for including me in her inspirational daily blog about creativity: http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2014/07/art-101-blog-hop.html
How does my creating process work?
I have a three part personal directive:
1. Show up
2. Do your thing
3. Be awesome
Showing up is the most important activity. I work alone and I’m not a very structured or disciplined person. None of that matters as long as I show up, put paint on the palette or mix up my bottles for pours and start moving, start engaging with the materials. Once the process is initiated, it takes on a life of its own and I become infused with energy just to keep up with it. Inspiration rarely strikes before the artist gets engaged with the materials, but often strikes once the processes begin.
I have lots of ways to begin a painting, and then each painting co-creates with me and it becomes a dance, push and pull, give and take, build up and tear down, small details and large gestures, deliberate creation and intuitive flow until the painting reaches a feeling of completion. That’s the “doing my thing” part. The “be awesome” part is a matter of trusting that every painting can be great, just don’t get in the way with fear or doubt. Allow the well-being to flow because the whole universe will support me if I can stay out of my own way. If I can’t pull that off, then it’s time for a nap or meditation, and allow for a fresh start.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
An artist’s work evolves through the processes the artist uses. Levels of expertise develop in the various techniques that come into being during years of working. Working processes and individual personal visions get honed and more specific. My work contains elements from all my years of learning, elements from all the masters that I’ve studied, elements from playful experimentation that turned into personal techniques. My work is very personal and has grown from my life experiences, my studies and my unique vision. It is intrinsically unique and individual.
What am I working on?
I usually have five or six pieces going at a time. Right now I have 4 small textural abstract pieces, I’m laying the grounds for a large textural piece, and on my wall a geometric floral landscape painting is beginning to take shape. These will all be shelved for a bit because I just received an order for 3 commissions, and they always come first. Thanks so much to my new collector!!
I am happy to have made the acquaintance of two lovely artists as the result of this bloghop:
Debby Epps, an avid crafter and self-taught mixed media artist. Debby makes beautifully complex mixed media collage paintings. You can see her blog here and her facebook page here.
Wendy Sullivan Gilbert , an artist and art teacher with a great variety of fantastic whimsical ceramics, illustrations and mixed media pieces here on her blog, and she also blogs from her sketchbook here.
Today's painting is titled "Clean Sweep".
There is so much movement sweeping across the four canvases. Bright pinks, greens and yellows cheerfully dominate the central areas, bracketed by deep blue, purple, brown and red at the ends. Areas of turquoise give the impression that we are looking at an aerial view of an azure sea, or looking up at the sky through very colorful glass.
Here is it's page.
Today's painting is titled "Into the Day". It evolved over a period of time.
I wasn't sure if I'd be using the black outlines, but did decide to go for it and am very happy with the result. When I look at it, I feel the pull of a new day calling a person to venture forth.
Here is it's page.
Sally Trace - My original abstract paintings and fine art giclee prints