Art & Creativity, Works in Progress

On Becoming Unstuck & Some Recent Projets

Hello  blog world, art world and any other world that coincides in some way! It’s been a while since the last post. To be honest, I was feeling a bit stuck. Writer’s block, painter’s block, creativity block…whatever you call it, I had it. For a couple of weeks. It’s hard. And I’m trying to figure out how to better navigate those times of “uninspiredness”. I know, it’s not a word, but hopefully you get the idea.

Two words have emerged as themes for me lately, POWER and SIMPLICITY. Power, because I want the work that I do, however much or little to be work that grabs the viewer. To make an impact with it. Like BAM, hit you over the head, but in a really great and refreshing way. The second word is simplicity. Sometimes I try to overdo my work. I put way too much thought into it. Often less is more and I think it’s time to work on simplifying my style a little bit.

Anyhow, while emerging out of my general state of being creatively stuck, here are a few things I’ve been working on…

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These little plants (aren’t they cute?) inspired a recent painting

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And here’s the painting, done on wood panel. It’s 12″ x 16″ inches

The approach for this one, which is quite a bit different from anything I’ve done before, is built up color and texture first (the colors you see in the pots and leaves) and then I painted in the negative space between the objects using white. It was challenging, but a lot of fun.

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I used some fun, textured papers in the background

Another new technique I tried is the direct photo transfer method. If you follow the link, you’ll find a helpful video I used to learn how to transfer a black and white image (in this case it was a printout of some journaling I did) to the surface of my painting.

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I used the direct photo transfer method for the words you see in the background using gel gloss medium

Another project I’m working on right now is a package redesign for a surf company. More on that at a later time. But as I experimented and brainstormed some concepts for the package designs, these are some of the pieces I worked on…

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I experimented with some more mixed-media, as well as water colors on canvas

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I had fun with the colors in that wave on the left 🙂

Two more things I’m working on right now are:

  1. A painting for Powerful Women, a show curated by Lena Rushing, which will be on display at Linnaea’s in May.
  2. Some design work for Little Acorns by Ro, my sweet cousin’s fabulous shop. You should check it out, she creates some really lovely family-oriented goodies.

Well, that about sums up what’s going on around here. I’m enjoying a new stage of experimentation and trying not to put so much pressure on producing…just EXPLORING 🙂

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6 thoughts on “On Becoming Unstuck & Some Recent Projets

  1. Debbie Beals says:

    Yea to exploring! 😉 I enjoy seeing and reading what you’ve been doing — and appreciate how — and what you share. Thanks! Debbie 🙂

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