So I have been spending the past couple of months preparing for my first solo show of 2017, “Emergence of the Creative Soul.” It provides a look into my creative soul and creative journey since I decided to take on this artist thing two years ago. I am showing some of my older pieces, my Goddesses, my floral abstracts, and pastels. But I was short work, and I needed to get my creative juices in gear to create quick large pieces to adorn the front area of the space. I didn’t have enough work to fill the space, and I had already said: “Yes I can do this.” So I got to painting. I decided to focus on my landscapes in oil – better yet, painting the dusk and dawn – those two times of the day in which I am entranced by its mystery, its intense color, and aura. Somehow I got into a serious groove and created some real solid pieces. I was proud of this creative journey, and the show looks amazing.
But what now?
You know when you get into your groove, and everything is just flowing freely, and then after awhile it all becomes dull, uneventful and its just not working? The feeling becomes numb. That intense flow has been overdone, and every piece of artwork after that just doesn’t have that same intensity and spirit. Well, that’s where I am now. I created six amazing pieces of work, and now I am bored.
So really what now?
When my “serious” work starts getting boring and stale, I need a creative shift. This is why when you do see my work there is several different styles. Almost as though a different artist has emerged each time. I find news ways to reinvigorate that vigor, that excitement within me. So I start painting intuitively – this is where my abstract florals and my Goddesses were born – from my boredom of painting my landscapes. Here I can let go, let loose and just be free. There is no worrying about getting it right. No worrying about creating a result. Just allowing myself to create.
So really where am I going now?
So I bought a large canvas (really big) and just started moving paint around. I think I see a different direction in my Goddess series. I can’t put my finger on it as of yet, but it will emerge at some point. I will let each layer tell its story, and it will come to me, it will finally speak to me. That energy will reemerge as I continue to add markings and layers. I will allow this creative flow to move outward until it has run dry – then guess what? I move on to my next adventure.
Is it ok to have multiple creative personalities in your practice?
Some artists and critics will say – this shows amateurism and your audience can’t see a solid body of work. Yes, I get it. If you do the same thing over and over again, you will get really good at it. But you can also get bored. That feeling you once had becomes mechanical and predictable. I need spontaneity; I need to create with feeling. If I am just running through the same old motions, what’s the point? I am constantly renewing myself – recharging that spirit within. I can’t have one personality/feeling without the other. Each one feeds each other’s soul – giving all of them the nourishment to add strength and confidence in whatever series I am working on in the moment. I will experience the peak in this next series and return to my pastels, or my oils at some point. This could be tomorrow or next month. I am just allowing this current ride to take me on a new journey through my creative soul.
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