Here is an update on the new series. The painting has been renamed, Women. This shows the changes: January to April.
Creative – Direction – Inspiration ~ Where are you my muse?
Many days go by and that compulsion to create doesn’t push me out of the sofa. I’m not disciplined enough to do art every day. I do a lot of thinking. I review strategies and projects that are waiting. Most days I’d rather read. I’ve just come off months of manic reading. Yes there was art done on some days. There were even lots of art books. The genres are mostly SF novels and Fantasy. Anything that is way out there and colourful in visuals and language.
Night time is my most creative time and I find I can’t go to bed. I resist. When I lie down the ideas start-up. I wish I had a recorder. It would have to record images and ideas. Some nights I can hardly lie there without jumping out of bed to run to the studio to takes notes or sketch. This can be lengthily. It happens most evenings. The bedside sketchbook doesn’t cut it as I’m no good drawing in the dark. Sometimes I tell myself I will remember in the morning – never – not even once. Worst of all the ideas are hanging out of reach if they are looked for.
Once I get all my programs back into my computer I can play with Photoshop again and Corel. I’ve put in 2 days of computer angst and am not too eager to return to installing programs that are not uploading.
Having this summer free is lovely. Now that I’m not reading there should be more creative – a little more each day. I have five books waiting for a read but I have art projects started that are fun and challenging. Painting 2 and 3 are sketched. I have work that I am avoiding – house-work, re-organizing the studio, creating a digital art book, and teaching preparation for my August workshop.
I might review my illustrated story for children. It’s about Chickadees. I need to do some research and many drawings. That story came to me one night as well. My son liked the 1st draft. It has not been worked on for months. Perhaps new insights will come. Once again the illustrations were digital – maybe later.
Even though this is about writing it also is about creating. In Fine Art we can get trapped in pleasing the audience. Our work can become insipid.
All of us want to do a good job. We want to put our best foot forward. We all say that we want feedback and critique, but deep down, if we are real honest, we want people to love everything we say and do. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality. We can’t please everyone, and it is easy to fall into a people-pleasing trap that will steal our passion, our art, and our very identity.
I’ve seen this happen time and time again with writers. They rework and rework and rework the first chapter of their novel, trying to make it “perfect”—which is actually code for “making everyone happy.” Here is the thing. Not gonna happen. Ever. One person will say our book is too wordy. Another wants more description. We add more description and then another person is slashing through, slaughtering every adjective and metaphor.
Lessons from Aesop
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