When people walk by my art, I hear some phrases over and over again-
"Look at the Color"
"What Happy Art"
"This one looks like a ____"
It is then I know I have succeeded in communicating exactly what I intended with blots of ink...even if they see a monkey playing an accordion (true story).
Colors are the foundation and inspiration for my work. The mix may change as the ink goes down, but that is part of the fun. I love interesting color combinations and I have an entire folder of bad phone photos to prove that you always have to be aware of color...because your next painting may just be inspired by the lights on the back of a tow truck in the rain (another true story).
Ribbons of inky texture draw me every time and I can spend hours just staring at the color and lines of completed piece.
For a long as I can remember I have loved creating. It did not matter if that involved paper or embroidery floss or stencils or pastels, I just wanted to make something.
When it came time to make a decision about what I wanted to be when I grew up, creativity was an escape and not a career choice in my mind. Instead I focused on my interests with working with children and studied to become a School Psychologist, keeping my creativity for myself. For many years after college, I sewed and DIYed and quilted and blogged and enjoyed making our suburban 90's house a home.
When I started working with fluid mediums and inks, I attempted to control it all-the opacity, how it flowed, where it went, how quickly it dried, what shapes it made, etc. This mindset caused great frustration and zero joy.
So I boxed up the paints, placed them on the shelf for awhile and returned to my sewing machine.
But I could not stop thinking about them...
Then I lowered my expectations and observed. I allowed myself to create for the fun of it and worry about what it would look like in the end. My frustration evaporated and the lack of control became meditative and intoxicating.
Have you read that book that mentions that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master something? I may not have hit that mark yet, but I am well on my way. I now embrace my lack of control and trust I will know how to manipulate the paint and know when to add ...and more importantly when to stop.
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