Last weekend I had an unexpected breakthrough and wanted to share that with you. For a few months now I have been experiencing artist’s block. It is something that we all as creatives go through and out of it comes renewal and growth, often a change in direction. Yet it can be quite frustrating while we are in that place and our muse has taken a long holiday.
A conversation with my friend about his abstract painting with underlying structure of an architectural nature ignited something in me. When I got home I found my book The Designer and the Grid which elaborates on concepts that I unconsciously use in my graphic design work. There was a synthesis and synergy for me when I connected my friend’s verbal expression of ideas with the images in the book.
The next day I got out my watercolor paints and taped the Fabriano paper down to my masonite board. Everything was different. I began with ruler, compass, pencil lines, and structure instead of plunging right in with loose ephemeral landscape evoking washes. I worked with a fairly dry brush and well defined shapes instead of the wet mess with colors running together that I am so fond of. My Footprints painting is a good example of this. I went from start to finish without a break, something else that I never do. The finished painting was both pleasing and surprising to me, revealing both my capacity for change and my art spirit.
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