Friday, March 25, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
On a lighter note, I did get up to my studio for a little while this weekend and got out a few pieces that had been waiting for the finishing details. The alligator clips on the backs, signatures, isolation coats..........just those kinda things. I did finish my "Don't Overlook Possibilities" piece that is pictured on the top. All in all, it was a good weekend. The weather was awesome and it was peaceful--love tranquility.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Yesterday turned out to be another one of those rainy days--no worries though. I left work early, at noon, and went home. I didn't do anything earth shattering or even notable. I sat on the couch with my hubby and my dogs and watched Jane Eyre. I love the classic movies--they nearly always have a happy ending. Wish that life was so predictable, that everything would fall neatly in place and you always ended up with the handsome Knight in Shining Armor. It felt nice, sitting in the middle of the day, and watching a movie. I rarely do that. But, I guess, now and again, we all need a little respite, a retreat--to be locked away from the rest of the world to regenerate and refocus.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
There have been several pieces that I have been working on lately that I just could not seem to pull together. I would pick them up, play with them, arrange objects on them--shuffle, twist and turn. NO matter what I did to the pieces, they just did not seem to make that connection. In short, I had no inspiration, no vision for the pieces. I would pick them up in the in-between time, while waiting for other pieces to dry and still--no luck. Finally this weekend, they came together. They finally began to mesh. I knew just what I wanted to do with them. I worked feverishly on them--afraid that if I put them down, afraid that I would lose that long sought after vision of cohesion. I drilled, and glued, and painted, and tacked and then finally (drum roll please)they were done--or at least, one of them were, and the other one is laying on my table, waiting for the layers of texture and glue to dry. Am I the only one who looks at a piece that is in progress and think to myself that there are just no ideas left--the well has gone dry. My creativity has withered and died.............I guess (or at least hope) that I am not the only one who looks at certain pieces and just cannot seem to move past them- for months they lay there, they get shuffled, manipulated and collect dust. Just waiting for the moment that the light comes on and says "hey--this is what that piece needs". I guess that we all have artist block sometimes. I have a sketch pad that I keep with me, or try to keep with me, all the time. I have found that if I jot down ideas and sketch the piece out--I can complete the piece much easier. I also know that if I have my goodies in sight-my stash of found items, i.e. rusty hinges, bolts, washers, thing-a-ma-jigs- that the assemblage process moves along much more freely. I am going to be in the process of enlarging my studio in the near future. One of the items on my wish list is a large bin that I can put all of my found objects in. Kind of like the one in the hardware store that holds an assortment of small tools and supplies. Well, this one would hold an assortment of excavated treasure. Items that have been unearthed and saved from the salvage yard to be used (I hope) in a piece of art.