Feeling Like An Artist Again
Turning my attention to the studio once again has created a kind of awakening. It feels as if I’ve been dreaming all kinds of artworks over the past several weeks (months?) but couldn’t quite make them happen in real life. There have been plenty of other places to focus my energy: all that work in the garden, and other creative distractions — yes, lots of them have been creative, like this:
and this new adoptee from across the river at my sister’s house. Actually there were two clumps of these irises that I plopped into a hole in my flower garden late in the spring, and this one graced me with a bloom! There was just the one bloom, but they will fill out by next spring. Best I can tell is that they are Black Gamecock.
and the last turnips of the season!
. . . and a mural in progress on the wall of the church youth room. Wonder how they figured out that I might be able to help them with this. Someone blew my cover, no doubt. And I’ll be helping the little kids’ teacher in the craft room next week at Vacation Bible School.
Meanwhile, back in the studio
I finally dug in and resumed work on the panels that are in various stages of completion. I can’t work on them for very long at a time, because the nature of them is that they require spontaneity. That’s why I work in multiples. If one starts to hit a snag, I simply move onto another one.
But some days, total snags. At times like that, I may just chalk it up as a frustrating day, or I might shift gears and work on collages.
Yesterday, though, I hit the mother lode. Happy things were starting to happen with the panels (the four on the right, top and bottom, are considered finished) so I stood there as long as my feet would permit, and then I felt inspired to sit down and do some collages. The joy of it is that the creative “juice” was still working, and I was able to have some success with those as well. I think you can tell from these images that things underground and growing are part of my consciousness at the moment.
It was a good day.
note: you can click on the collage grouping and see all of these newest collages in my Etsy shop.