Posts Tagged ‘moving’

Forced Creativity

January 14, 2013

I realized pretty soon after college and especially my first year of graduate school that I could not WAIT for inspiration to hit me before I started painting.  I have to get in the studio DAILY and MAKE myself create, even if, sometimes, I have no ideas – and then hopefully (9 times out of 10) be inspired as I am experimenting with new techniques or priming canvases.

Here’s an oldie but a goodie of my grad school studio about 5 years ago.  In Florida. With no air conditioning. Fun times.

gradstudio

It is hard lately to find this motivation with so many other distractions – MOVING (this one’s a biggie!), Patrick gearing up for school and his new position at work, birthday parties, planning meals, etc…  but it is more important now more than ever to keep working and keep pursuing my art.

Something that helps me when I am in a rut with a piece is to make a bold and challenging change.  In one of the pieces I am currently working on, I decided to create this section of pattern that sort of runs/drips/cuts through one of the main areas of the composition.  It was completely scary, but I am pleased with the result so far.

Here is a detail of the unfinished piece (probably about 5/6 of the way done):

detail

These patterns came from some really cool pattern books that I received for Christmas – this one and this one.  This new painting is also a SQUARE and not a circle, which is also a new direction for me.  I have been doing the circles for awhile, and will still continue to do them, but I find myself not as interested in them as I once was.

Making big changes are hard for me – in life and in artwork…just ask my husband. 🙂  I am good with sticking to a plan and getting it done efficiently and effectively , but I get frustrated if it changes.  I am learning in life and in artwork that sometimes deliberate changes are good – and can lead me down an exciting new path that I never would have followed had I stuck to Plan A.

Motivation, honestly.

December 5, 2012

Being a full-time artist is a daily struggle of self-motivation and forced creativity.  The overall experience is very fulfilling, of course, but that doesn’t mean it is fun all the time.  Or even most of the time.

Because this is my “work”, it definitely feels like that most of the time.  There are days where I would rather clean the bathroom than start a new painting.  Honestly.

However, there is no feeling that can match the joy of a sudden moment of inspiration – brought on by forcing myself to get in the studio.  Most of the time I have music playing to help the time pass, but sometimes I turn everything completely off…where all I can hear is the scrape, scrape, scrape of my paintbrush on the canvas.  Small moments like this also bring me joy.

Sometimes creative ruts can be another cause of lack of motivation.  Currently I am trying to see how I can blend my mixed media and painting styles, and this was my first painting that resulted from this train of thought.

"Moving", acrylic on canvas, 18'' diameter

“Moving”, acrylic on canvas, 18” diameter

You’ll see I tried to paint some items that I would usually cut out and paste on the canvas to create a mixed media piece.  I’m not sure how successful this painting really is, but there are some elements that I like, and will continue to develop.  *By the way – that house that is floating in the middle of the piece is the house that Patrick and I will be renting when we move back to Nashville. 🙂  I looked it up on Google Earth.  Yup.  House stalker.

The uncertainty of a new direction can sometimes be paralyzing for me.  However, I have to keep reminding myself that nothing is precious (meaning just because I spent a lot of time on a painting doesn’t mean that I can’t change it completely or paint over it if it’s simply a bad painting or not working), and in order to get to those “good” paintings, you have to do some not so good ones on the way.

Then there is the “what is going to sell” motivational dilemma…maybe that is for another post.

Welllllll…time to start that second cup of coffee and head into the studio.  “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power,  love, and SELF-DISCIPLINE.” (2 Timothy 1:7 – emphasis mine)  Claiming that today.