Detail from mixed media WIP
watercolor, acrylic, ink on sketchbook
Wow, where has this month gone?
We arrived home from Naples on May 10th and have been busy settling in and sprucing up our yard.
It's great to be back in New England. The crisp ocean air and cool lilac scented breezes lift my spirits.
The Bird House
Speak of transitioning, I'm not particularly good at it.
I've long been itching to break out of my 'box' and do something very different. I love fiber and found objects and mixed media and pen and ink. So much stimulation, so little time.
I see wonderful art that speaks to me but when I think about doing something similar my inner critic nags at me about 'looking' like someone else, or copying other's ideas. It continues to hold me back and I know I have to wrestle it to the mat and just carry on.
I tell my students to be fearless and not to judge themselves. This is a case where I need to listen to my own advice without being concerned about the outcome of the piece.
Here's a detail from something I'm working on involving herons and egrets using watercolor, ink pens and iridescent acrylic paint. I love birds and am bursting to do abstract or mixed media with the bird theme.
I'm not really sure where this piece is going so I'm trying to listen to the painting and let it tell me.
I'd love to hear how you all push past the blocks that derail your creative muse. Talk to me.