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.
This is my first post in my new blog, and the last day of 2013.
2013 was not my best year ever. Having recently had loved ones including my mom transition out of this physical experience...well it had a broader and more profound impact than I expected. Since I have a firm faith in the eternal nature of our beings I thought I would be relieved for her to be "RIP=Released Into Paradise", but I was not. The year presented me with a series of less than desirable occurrences like website failures, copyright infringement and a bunch of other things that I do not wish to itemize. I lost connection with my muse. I searched for ways to create without creating but there was no joy.
But life has a way of circling around again, the clouds lift, the skies open, the lights come back on, one's step becomes lighter. Suddenly life is filled with possibilities, every action contains seeds of advancement, favorable occurrences begin to feel normal again.
I listened all month to Wallace D. Wattles from Mike's Spooky Action blog. WOW how much Wallace just simplifies and gets right to the point for a person who really wants to understand how the law of attraction works. The term had not yet been coined when he wrote his books. Wattles' books are in the public domain and I encourage anyone who wants to improve their life to go to Mike's site, download and listen. He reads beautifully. You can hit Mike's tip jar too if you like.
So all is well once again.
My sister sent me a box of letters, poems and drawings that I had sent to my mom when I was young and she was far away. I spent the morning reading things that I don't remember creating. It felt like waltzing with a long song that was playing out it's last few bars.
Today I closed out the year by organizing my studio, improving my painting table with some more wood, varnishing paintings, preparing canvases, paying taxes....
My last painting for the year is called "Burst of Light" and is a lovely, rich and joyful burst of color.
I was experimenting with different ways to create my pours, and this resulted in a lot of paint on the back of these canvases...so much that I felt compelled to lay a coat of gloss medium and varnish to keep the paint from coming in contact with peoples walls. I almost gessoed over it, but it was too pretty.
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