A recent trip to one of our lovely National Parks left me with plenty of inspiration and ideas, along with a few hastily drawn sketches and some photos. It made me wonder whether we all have our own ways of gathering creative fodder and what happens if there’s a drought!
With all the talk of going with the flow in other blog issues it seems peculiar to write about bringing things into line! There are, however, times when you know where a painting needs to go and things just have to be done.
It can be frustrating, but losing control of the creative process can be an enlightening experience.
Can artists just make art for the enjoyment they get from it as an activity? And, can viewers look at art purely for enjoyment without needing reasons for its existence?
I was forced to think more within myself. Solutions and ideas weren’t available at the click of a button, nor were they offering themselves uninvited on my screen.
The details or areas of greater interest that I speak of here are happenstance, random and unplanned. Yet, they forthrightly demand my attention, my glance and my imagination.
I said to some fellow artists this week that I need a helper, not to do bits of painting or other things, but to stand beside me and snatch my tools away at the most opportune moment in a painting’s development.
As I pondered, my mind went off on a tangent, automatically brainstorming, the implications and possibilities, as well as how to resolve this painting?
“Out There” is a broad theme which leaves the options wide open. What will develop as I find my way around the ideas?
My aim is to bear in mind the visual forms and textures, the feel of the place and my emotional reactions.
Are they done or not? I have to remind myself that not everything can be “exciting”, but they still might be good enough to send out into the world.
Now I look closer, I can see a sneaky “s” hiding in there. It’s basically a curvy design with a hint of diagonals.