Spontaneity is the watchword that informs my art practice. My artwork celebrates the energy of abstract expressionism.
'why not?' underlines my creative process. Forget the box! Its obsolete...it's all about whatever shape you want to throw on that dance floor! The process drives my practice!! For me, work well done is work I have thoroughly enjoyed making...work that has made me think, sweat, cry, scream and come back for more!!! Work that gets my back up; pushes me...gives me cause for doubt. Makes me push in order for 'why not?' to become possible. Boundaries? What boundaries?
This commission definitely stretched and challenged me….it was one of those ‘I don’t think I can do this’ commissions when self doubt hits minutes after you have agreed to take on the commission!
First I dragged my feet…..then I basically hid my head in the sand by avoiding working on it. Then as the deadline loomed the commission whipped me into shape! I actually worked till 3am one very trying day!
But what a brilliant learning curve it was!!! Now I know the value of making ‘mock ups’!!!!!
I learnt a lot about myself though……I really love art and I’m very determined….(I need to stop doubting myself)
I’m knackered but I have had a very productive day in studio. I seriously need to pace myself though…to avoid burnout. Being in the studio erodes the concept of time….for me and I don’t remember to eat….I work nonstop…..one project seamlessly morphing into another…..almost as though I operate within a vacuum…a freeze frame of creativity. It is only when I get home do I realise just how knackered I am.
I start every single sketch with ‘oooo I don’t know….’ daunted by the blank page till I make the first mark. Then I want to put another mark. It’s like one step, then another….slowly creating more marks.
The trepidation is ok….healthy even….cos drawing is a learning process….teaching your eye to see. However your drawing turns out….celebrate it like I do….and keep practicing. Drawing is like playing ‘I spy…’ you become more aware.
Ever since the lockdown the RA have been posting doodle prompts on Twitter.
Recently I discovered the sketchaday app…..love it!
Take your time…don’t rush yourself….enjoy the mark making process. It is a journey….not a destination. (…simply had to throw in that cliche)
Really looking forward to my next art fair … ‘handmade at the Factory’ ….definitely has an interesting ring to it. Not very likely I would put the two together…. ‘handmade’ and ‘factory’. But it works!!! Handmade on a ginormous scale! Many artists and designers selling in the Factory over one weekend. I am ready for this most interesting experience.