process photos 1. almost ready for paint 2. my little thumbnail inspiration I want to create more art about the sea after feeling quite pleased with this recent nautical themed piece with Rumi quotation 3. the dreaded blank canvas - this is a wood panel with 1" sides 4. choosing my palette and paper choices 5. 6. & 7. diving in cutting, tearing & gluing down with gel medium 8. A Tiny Life No. 7 my style inspiration - how I'd like this final mixed media piece to feel (combination of paint, collage, drawing & mark making) 9.
To live a creative life we lose our fear of being wrong Joseph Chilton Pearce
Two great quotes come to mind as I struggle with creating something new & fresh - as I struggle to be fearless and to summon my creative brave heart. I've been ask to donate art to a fundraising event for Ships Company Theatre in Parrsborro about an hour's drive from here on the beautiful Bay of Fundy coast. I have my Etsy shop giclee prints, printed elsewhere so to save both time and money on framing I decided it best to leave my new best buddy Photoshop out of this creative equation (at least for now and the actual donation piece). I always scan my work as I go so that I have all the various stages (1. & 9. in this case) saved as high res jpgs because there's a very good chance I will use them again in some other digital format. But this piece will be all non digital, just me, a canvas, lots of paint, ink, tools and my brave heart ;-) Will post the next stage soon (tomorrow or Sunday). I have to remind myself - it's OK to screw up - such a hard thing to accept.
ps. I signed up & am listening/watching the fearless collage demos of Mati Rose's Daring Adventures in Collage & her Daring Adventure in Paint both on sale now & lifetime access to content - that's what sold me, a go-at-your-own-pace + have the 5 week course content forever (sung by that chorus of angels).
You can't wait for inspiration,
you have to go after it with a club