Texture of Life and Practice.
Studio time is a “Practice”, just as in meditation and yoga or any discipline that is worthy. How much time do you put into your practice? We can weave the practice of creativity into our kitchens, gardens and with our children when we approach the tasks with intention and mindfulness. Our community is one big soup of practice, challenging our fears and giving us opportunities to grow.
Without the solitude and creative expression of my studio practice, my life gets overwhelming and I have a sense that something is missing. Just like a Yoga practice that tones the body, and relieves stress, I approach my studio Practice as another part of a healthy lifestyle. And on a really great day – yoga and the studio.
After a few weeks off at the end of 2012, I was really anxious to paint again. But I was also scared I lost ground. (oooh “fear”, great place to dive in) I’m a believer that the more you paint, the better painter you are.
My method was to ease back in with something new and on the smaller scale. So I spent the first few days of the year moving plaster around, prepping wood panels and painting quick, colorful paintings. Here are the results. Plaster ground with watery acrylics, powder pigment and charcoal…
With fear a distant memory, I was inspired to take on a more challenging assignment of non-objective collage. And the results of this play, led to these.
Both collages came from memories of places and conversations. Personal experience is always the deep well we have to draw out our unique view of the world. Draw on your personal experience and you will always find texture. For us artists we can throw that into our work and make it not only part of the expression, but the purpose.