Sometimes I feel like I am just spinning my creative wheels, not able to really get started because I don’t know what I want to say. The past couple of weeks have been like that, drifty and discouraging.
|detail, work in progress, textile paint monoprint on cotton, machine stitching|
A couple of helpful posts by artists whose work I admire have given me renewed enthusiasm. Jane Dunnewold is a guest artist this month over at And Then We Set It On Fire. Her essay on using the right tools lifted my spirits as she reminded me that the work I have been doing recently – sketching, making new stencils and masks, thinking – is by no means wasted time but indeed, critical to creative success.
|masks coated with gel medium drying on waxed paper|
|detail, textile paint monoprint on hand dyed cotton|
Yesterday’s post at The Fairy Yellow Bug Queen also cheered me. Norma writes: ‘Nothing is perfect, in life, or in art. I am ignoring the imperfect bits and won't bore you by pointing them out. My complete purpose in doing these pieces is to learn. I am having so much fun…’.
|detail, textile paint monoprint with hand and machine stitching|
|detail, textile paint monoprint with beads and machine stitching|
I am off to the studio today with an attitude of gratitude for the creative PROCESS rather than a demand of myself for a steady stream of PRODUCT. Thanks to all of you in Blogland for your contagious enthusiasm for art and life with all its beauty and magic. I appreciate you!