I am not the type to keep an ongoing sketchbook handy or spend hours developing compositions. Maybe I should, but nah. I follow my intuition, allowing an idea to unfold in its own way. Occasionally I will play around with elements of an idea but it soon gets trashed or to goes straight to canvas. The following is how this particular series came into being.
Every year in October artists participate in the Inktober Challenge. Each day there is a one word prompt and you are challenged to create a visual representation of that word. You are encouraged to share and tag on Instagram and it creates a sort of community around the challenge. While I am not an illustrator or pen and ink artist I thought I would stretch myself and see what I could come up with. Cool, right? Well…….
The most enticing part of being an artist, to me, is exploring what seems to be a never ending well of ideas. A blessing and burden all at once because we seem to have more ideas than time. I make sure to carve out time to explore and discover, and to just play.
I’ve always admired works with limited palettes and simple composition. I also love the subtle mark making I see in some of them. Their simplicity is surprisingly difficult to achieve as I discovered in my playtime journey.
Well the jury is still deliberating on the title question, but it was a healthy challenge and a lot of fun. While it is still more in 'my style' of work, it is not my usual fare. It also has a sentimental value to my family, which makes this more of a personal treasure. My client is my sis-in-law who, along with my husband, was born in this area - Sidmouth, Devon, England. They spent many summers traveling back 'home'. She and the in-laws had just spent a couple weeks there when she decided she'd like a painting commemorating her trip and background. I used some personal touches specific to her in the work. Below are pictorial insights in the making of this piece. Please, feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” ~ Pablo Picasso
I am pondering how creation takes time and attention and more focus than production.
The above image has been thru several iterations and I’m still not sure where I’m going with it. The big idea was a landscape, then background for a floral, and now I’m not sure. Creatives always start with a big idea. Many of us execute with the end result in mind, making decisions all along the way that lead us to the final outcome. But, that does not always work for me.
The fascinating thing about a painter’s artwork is the ability to take a one dimensional object and create a multi dimensional image on it. The appearance of texture can be created using brush stokes and other techniques adding even more dimension.
Thicker paints, collage, and specially formulated mediums such as pastes and beads can enhance art works by adding physical texture. You may see this more in contemporary pieces.
A recent comment after a customer received one of my pieces was “…the painting was better than the photo because it doesn’t show the texture.”
I recently read an article called “20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand” and it really felt like the author did understand.
Right now I am thinking about # 12 on that list, resistance.
"When nothing is sure, everything is possible"
British novelist, Margaret Drabble