Lately I’ve been experimenting with acrylics and paper, to create mixed media “paintings.” Here is another piece I completed this weekend. As always, thanks for letting me share.
For anyone who is trying to make a living in the arts or any creative endeavor, practical words of wisdom.
Sometimes I struggle making art, sometimes it flows, as this piece did. Being “in the zone” is a wonderful thing. As always, I hope you like what I do.
Finally, after a creative somewhat-sabbatical, I’ve been back in my workroom trying new things, stretching. Enjoy, and thanks for looking at my humble offerings.
I am finally beginning to feel creative and playful again, and here are the results of the weekend’s endeavors. They all combine acrylics and papers, with lovely layers and textures. I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Loosen up. For a borderline OCD person, who’s used to creating in nice, symmetrical tidiness and who is definitely not an abstract thinker, this is a very difficult thing to do. But this year I’ve challenged myself to step outside of the cliched comfort zone, to have vision and see beyond what my hands are creating on the canvas, to go the extra mile in my art. And the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve felt the need to apply it to my personal life. I’m a creature of habit, of routine. The phrase “live a little” could be applied to me easily, and this is why I’ve taken small steps and exercised my compassion for others and have looked into causes that speak to me on a personal level. I’m in middle age now, but I feel I’ve grown more in the last year of my life than at any other time, that I have more to offer than I ever thought possible, and it’s a good feeling.
So, this little abstract piece is another attempt at thinking outside the box (I know, another cliche!). I like doing pieces that have energy. I hope you like it.
A wonderful post about talent, by the artist and author Richard Schmid:
“Talent. Don’t bother about whether or not you have it. Just assume that you do, and then forget about it. Talent is a word we use after someone has become accomplished. There is no way to detect it before the fact, or when someone is still grappling with the learning process. It is impossible to predict when or if mastery will click into place. Besides, the thing we label as talent is not a single ability. It is a complex mixture of motive, curiosity, receptivity, intelligence, sensitivity, good teaching, perseverance, timing, sheer luck and countless other things. If any part of it is genetic, God-given, the result of astrological fiddle-faddle, fate or destiny, that part is not the sole determining factor. All the other ingredients must be present in the right combination-and no one knows the exact recipe. Therefore, Dear Reader, don’t waste time worrying if you are talented-and don’t blame any failures on the lack of it-that is really a cop out.” -Richard Schmid