State of the Art

I felt a need to follow up since my last post had me stuck in the malaise of procrastination. I pulled myself up and I finished the layouts for the Round Robin book I had on my work table.

With little time to spare, I completed two layouts– one based on the final scene in Monsters, Inc. and the other depicting two scenes from the Wizard of Oz. These were for Lorena’s book which is themed on “Portals.”

For more information on Round Robins, see Altered Book Round Robins post.

I had more issues in working with these layouts, and was sort of less than satisfied with the results. This is probably common to creative types. Yet, it was satisfying to put it in the post and be done with it.

The creative process is such an winding, turning, twisting struggle. Even something simple takes a great deal of thought and planning. Trying to get something to come out how you envision it, is not simple a matter of tossing paint around. Even when you are tossing paint around.

Then, I spent a Saturday doing Gelli printing. I wanted to create a series of prints that were related in theme, or design, or color story. I tried some liquid Golden colors and used glazing medium to increase the transparency of the layers. So now, I now have a series of prints putting together on a panel. (Photos to come.)

I like how they work together, color palettes, strength of dark hues playing off lighter transparent colors.

After I put the panel together, I want to make some more. I am back from travel, so I can get back to making some more prints. Maybe inspired by the travel.

On the plane, I was reading American Craft Council magazine. And I was engaged in this essay about how the art world might try a more non-hierarchical, encouraging art perspective. Worth a read.

Procrastinator’s Dilemma: To Create Or Not To Create?

Creative types will relate. You have a project, or multiple projects, and finally cleared your schedule enough to get into the studio. What do you do? Take a nap, watch TV, or randomly click on things on the Internet!!

Anything but getting to the project and making progress.

I am feeling a bit sluggish and it makes it harder to get started. I find all kinds of things that need “doing.”

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Creative Collective: Art Meetup

Meetups are great ways to connect with people with similar interests. In my area, there’a a meetup group called Creative Collective of Mercer County that I’ve joined.

The point of the Creative Collective is to get together and share artwork, in progress or completed, as well as increase opportunities for shows and exhibits. So far, I’ve gone to a couple of “Art Shares,” and to the meetup about Copyright and Artwork (or also known as ArtLaw 101).

The people are friendly and helpful and encouraging of each other. It seems like we have a person new to the group each time! We pass around or display a piece and talk about it. It’s wonderful to see the variety of interests – watercolor, oils, acrylics, landscape, still life, photography, jewelry, glass, tiles, mosaics, and even birdhouses and furniture. I have seen some really interesting works and met some talented visual artists.

Last night, I shared Gelli Prints that I thought were “good enough” to stand on their own, rather than be incorporated into a collage… I am sharing below the one everyone seemed to like. It’s an exploration of neutrals and layering that I really like.

neutral-layers-abstractClick to see larger image. Copyright 2015, Green Cottage Studios.

Until next time…