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05/26/12
Breakthrough
Filed under: General, Painting, Creativity, Inspiration, Design, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:52 am

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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2 Responses to “Breakthrough”

  1. Siobhan Says:
    Oooh, pretty cool, Mary! Great to be inspired by something a friend says…
  2. Anne (Cornucopia) Says:
    Wow, this came out fantastic Mary! I think I need to break out of the box I’m always in. I think there is a “sameness” to my artwork, but so far I can’t seem to branch out.