What a big word for the simple Eureka! Moment that we all hope to have on a regular basis when we walk into our art space. Lately I have tried hard to work on my art everyday. Sometimes I’m painting in the studio or creating original papers for my collage. Sometimes I’m painting plein air with friends and sometimes I’m taking a walk through the neighborhood that I have walked for forty years thinking about my art. If that creative spark strikes, I’m ready to go with wherever it takes me.
General to Specific
Often when I read the writings of other artists, the advice is to focus on a particular medium or method and work on it until you become proficient, even expert. Until recently I rarely heeded that advice and continued to work on whatever caught my eye.
Lately, although I work in six different media, I have felt drawn to creating small, intimate collage pieces in series – no set number in mind, just make them until I feel like I’m done. One is 24 pieces long, one is 20 and one has just ten so far, but none of them is finished. What I’ve found (as predicted) is that the works are getting better and my visual skills are improving. What I wasn’t expecting is that working steadily in the same area has created more RASTROPHILIOPUSTROCITY! Sparks for new projects seems to flow more easily because of this focus!
The question now is – which of my other media will I apply my focus too next? More RASTROPHILIOPUSTROCITY TO FOLLOW (I hope)
The collages above are from the Deco Series.