I have not had a lot of time in the playroom this week. I have had a few isolated moments to skim through my new book, The Artist Unique- inspiration and ttechniques to discover your creative signature.
A few have expressed curiosity in it.
Most of us began the creative journey by following patterns and kits or making class samples. The author Carmen Torbus points out that was is missing is 'me'.
This book helps identify the 'me' that is buried under all the stuff that is submerged under all our prepackaged project replicas, our excuses and our fears.
I'll be trying them sometime soon. I do have a vague idea of how I want to portray my work but it is good to keep ones options open!
If I were creating art for myself, and surely that is the best reason to do it, I suspect mellow yellow would translate to aged book pages. Aqua would be a colour wash background sepia photos with hand written notes in India ink, pearlized buttons stitched unto hand dyed fabric showcasing thread patterns. This would just might make me sigh, happily.
So I've begun to identify that I like to work on combinations of fabric, paper, and even canvas. I like paint or dyes translucent, spread thinly, loosely, with a big brush. I'd have outlines and details with a thin black marker. I would make use of stamps, stencils and some creative paraphernalia. I prefer analogous colour schemes, in a simple representational style. I'm 2/3 of the way there.
The last section is Defining Your Style. There is another worksheet with a checklist for skill inventory. Lots of things we do are not necessarily art related but art isn't created in a sterile vacuum. Skills we use daily can reveal our unique creative style.
This section also addresses the fears, the routines, the stalls, etc. that stop our creativity. I am held speechless by the first paragraph as it so identifies me. I leap in where angels fear to tread and then at the peak of creativity I stall- a victim of my inner critic.
The good news is that I have my hand on that guy's heel and I want to get a better look at him. I'm going to demand to see his credentials with the intent to kick him to the curb! Besides, I'd like to make Jane proud and finish my day lily piece. ;^)