It’s pretty amazing how much of our time as artists is what, to the outside viewer, is staring into space!  It seems as if we’re wasting away our time doing absolutely nothing, when, in fact, we’re deep in the thought processes of creating, mentally developing options and alternatives or perhaps, internally visualizing an entirely new piece, the next in a series.  But to the person who’s just walking by your studio…well, they simply see you idling away the day.

Sometimes you walk into the studio and things move along fairly smoothly and you might even complete a small piece in a day, but most often, it involves many restarts after faltering toward the finish with numerous rip outs and revisions, occasionally completely starting over. I have a number of pieces just laying about waiting for me to take another look at them before I know what the next step is, or until I declare it finished. Sometimes I just grow weary of the difficulties I’ve run into and need to set it aside awhile before I feel something move internally and I’m motivated to take hold of the piece again.

Of course, along with all the stumbling I can feel devoid of talent and consider throwing in the towel altogether and I freely kick myself around with all kinds of negative self talk!  But I know I’m not alone in this process of try, fail, pick myself up and try again!  It’s been going on since the beginning of time and I know there is no success without failure and eventually this thought, along with some serious willpower, pulls me of the throes of feeling inadequate.  It helps me to change the game when this happens and usually it means grabbing my camera and getting outdoors to breathe in the fresh air and get moving physically before I can renew my art activity. So, here I’ll share with you some of the results of my photo jaunts that get my juices flowing again!

 

Street Cables 2.web
Street Cables
DSCN4460 web
Music stands/tables
Reflections 1B web jpg
Reflections on a metal door.

 

Sax Line Up. web.
    Sax Line Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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