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…
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.
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.
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…
Two more things I’m working on right now are:
- A painting for Powerful Women, a show curated by Lena Rushing, which will be on display at Linnaea’s in May.
- 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 🙂