|paper sketches done over the past several weeks|
|sketch of Nicholas Wilton!|
|Sketches from seminar on water management in times of drought|
I will let you in on a little secret: I long to work more directly. I don't mean creating a message that is more clear as in, "This piece means such-and-such." And I don't mean using my paintbrush and paint to create a specific image. Over the past several months I have been working from tightly rendered drawings, working out color schemes, faithfully transferring images, and sticking pretty close to the script. Sure, there have been many moments of "what if?" questions that have produced good results. And to be fair with myself, I have really enjoyed the results. But I am always looking for the next level; what is the next task to tackle? I also want to make sure that I don't fall back in to a way of working that was very dissatisfying to me. Your art life is made in leaps and bounds as well as small, incremental steps. So, I feel that this next thing is perhaps somewhere in the middle.
My solution has been brewing for months, incidentally, and I haven't addressed it properly. It took yesterday's session in the studio combined with a comment that was made recently at my art group meeting to really spur me into action. (I feel often like I work at a glacial pace!) The comment was from an artist that makes beautifully rendered and extremely detailed drawings. She said that she longed to work more abstractly so that she could finish a painting in a day. Apart from the wrongness of her assumption about abstract art, her comment made me wonder about what she could actually be saying. And I felt she was saying that she wanted more freedom; the ability to churn through her ideas more quickly. Well, I want that too. And you don't get that unless you examine your process and make sure that you are on track. I think a re set is always possible. I'll be trying it with the next piece I hope.
Not sure if this post makes sense but there it is! Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday. Thanks for reading and commenting.