Posts - Process
My studio has been under-utilized these last few months. While, much of life has been the reason, there is also the excuse of it being ‘under construction’.
Oh, how I love creative initiatives, especially when they aim to support and encourage us “struggling” artists!
When, I’m struggling to get in the creative groove, I need something for my senses to feast on, whether it be images, writing, or music.
We just participated in a local community art market last week. Events such as these, if attempted, involve every member of our family even if involuntarily.
When I haven’t been creating on a steady and consistent basis, upon studio re-entry I get a case of what I refer to as S.A.D.D., Studio Attention Deficit Disorder.
I have a lot of unfinished artwork sitting around my studio, and even in closets. I can lose fuel or even conviction with a piece, particularly when hitting that common “ugly” stage of development.
I’m thrilled that my persistence in submitting art for exhibition has paid off with now two out of three pieces being accepted.
It seems that stress is often the reason why I’m not making art, but recently the tables have turned and stress has become the driving force to get me back into the studio.
“Only love can sustain art. Only love can keep us crazy enough to keep going where there is no rational reason or reward for us to keep going. Only love can keep us hoping against all hope, believing against all belief and straining to see the unseen, trusting its substance to be more substantial than what we find in the cool, collected moments of trivial and banal existence.
… Art has nothing to prove. Art is what it is. Art will be what it will be…”
If these words intrigue or resonate with you as they did with me, I recommend reading the rest of Stephen Roach’s blog:
“Only love can sustain art. Only love can keep us crazy enough to keep going where there is no rational reason or reward for us to keep going…
I find the art forms of other cultures to be a wonderful source of inspiration and motivation to create new art.
I used to churn artwork out at such a quicker pace. Working sporadically now, in between the hiccups of daily life, it takes extra determination
I have learned the critical role an art accountability partner can play. I don’t why it is the case, but often I can find every excuse to not do what I love to do…make art.
Instead of writing something myself this week, I figured it was more fitting to share my husband’s inspiring account of assisting the visual artist Liviu Mocan.
As a young developing artist, I used to work quite meticulously, striving to gain more control over the medium and avoid any evidence of mistakes. Yet, I soon found that I made a lot more mistakes than I was able to cover up.
The truth: Some days my studio provides the perfect environment to create, some days it does not.
Welcoming and embracing critique is part of maturing as an artist.
Oh, the intimidation of a stark white canvas staring back at me. It’s the dreaded face-off.
What artist, if perfectly honest, hasn’t questioned if his/her work is original enough?