Today I got back to work with art and started on some new pieces.
To an outsider, (or the mentally unbalanced part of me that feels like I’m a slacker and should get more done), I didn’t really do much. Tangibly, that is true because all I “did” was print out some photos on canvas and cut them out. The canvases and board in the photo were already collaged and painted from earlier work sessions. But, just like almost every time I work, I planted some seeds. Printing and cutting out those photos, then playing around to see how they’d look on the canvases & plywood got the wheels turning for some things I want to try. So, even though it doesn’t look like I did much, I’m pretty stoked.
This is what I love about doing art work first thing in the morning. The rest of the day, I think about what I did and what I can try tomorrow. For the most part, I approach my mixed-media pieces like I do when I work in my journal–I generally have no pre-conceived ideas of what I’m going to do when I start, and I just start working and see where it goes. But, since the mixed-media pieces take longer than just doing a journal spread, and because I work on several pieces at the same time, in different stages, and (try) to work on them every day, I get ideas as I work that can then marinate in my brain later on. Then I can start executing those ideas the next day, but still be open to something completely different happening.