So often I watch these videos of amazing artists at work and I wonder, how do they seemingly manage to complete an art work in one sitting. That’s what it looks like and it is impressive…just a little jealous.
Every work I do seems to need breathing space as it evolves. I will start a piece and over a few weeks I will bring it to completion. The work comes inside, and into the living space and out of the studio. As I glance at it from time to time, the next step invites me to continue the journey of creation. Some works gather dust for a year before they call me back… Yes I only live with the pieces that are currently being transformed and developed…otherwise I would have no space inside. There is never a problem with having a work to complete…so many wait. I will get to them when the muse calls.
of course sometimes a piece needs space to dry between layers…even acrylics…so I pick up a journal and decorate a background page or spot another canvas with the collaged background waiting for the next step. I seem to weave in and out between the different stages of creation. Don’t seem to work in a straight line of start to finish. My world is full of random pathways that wind in and out. Randomness and chaos theory within a mind map that only I can read.
This weekend I continued working on ‘and then she danced, created a few painted background journal pages in my small Fabriano journal, blocked in a starting image on a collage background, created a started set of Colour previewers slides and further developed another piece that I have not named yet. Oh, I forgot, I played with some small polymer clay experimental transfers. Lots of art journeys without straight lines. Who was it that said there are no straight lines in art…very true in my world.
The works below are all at different stages of completion. It is not unusual to believe a work has been completed and then six months later realise that there is something that I need to change. It is such an explorative journey and that is what makes it so much fun.
What is your process, can you complete an art work in one sitting or do you weave your creations more fluidly? Do you require an ordered space or is that bit of chaos the spark you need? So many different ways to create art in all its forms and so many creative souls exploring their worlds. How lucky we are that we have the space, freedom and time to create in our own little corner of the universe. How lucky are we to have a world of creative souls to share our musings with out there in the blogosphere.