Lately, I can’t seem to contain the colors and patterns that are floating around in my head. What to do? Put them on paper, of course, adding yet another hurdle in the quest to define my artistic style. Some days my art leans toward realism, other days I’m in a fantasy mood, but today, I was simply feeling groovy.
“Groovy”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals
I love the quote “Life isn’t a dress rehearsal”, but life does call for dress rehearsals—actors rehearse, athletes practice, public speakers address a video camera—anyone who is in the public eye does some sort of rehearsal before show time to catch potential problems and perfect the performance. An artist’s dress rehearsal can be a color study, a sketch, or a series of photographs. Sometimes I dive right in and paint, but if I’m doing a really involved piece, you can bet I’m going to have a dress rehearsal first. I’ve had an idea floating around in my head for a while now, but after the dress rehearsal, I’m not sure if I really want to put on the show…
“Vintage”–a ‘dress rehearsal’ from my sketchbook
Lately, I’ve been in the mood to make something—to build—cut and paste—construct. Maybe it was my trip to Home Depot that planted the seed. I still wasn’t ready for power tools, but I definitely could handle scissors. I decided to try my hand at making a collage.
It was tedious, detailed work, but it was fun. Collage work is a little like putting together a puzzle. The beauty of it is that if a piece doesn’t fit exactly, you can trim it down and make it fit. I think there might be a life lesson in collage work—If something in your world isn’t working, trim it to fit.
Things were getting “curioser and curioser” in the studio last week. I fell down the rabbit hole and found myself in a strange, nonsensical, abstract world. Shapes, colors, layers,and collage elements marched across my canvas as I attempted to create my first abstract work. In abstraction, the image on the canvas often represents a theme, concept, or idea–but in other works, the image remains an unanswered question for the viewer to ponder. Logic is replaced by nonsense, and every canvas is a riddle begging to be solved. Like a guest at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, I ate and drank abstraction like a half-starved lunatic. I have learned to enjoy these unexpected excursions on my Artist’s Journey, so the next time I find a bottle labeled ‘Drink Me’, I will happily comply.
“Spice” –abstract work in progress