Saturday, May 07, 2011
On the other hand, when you are out of your routine, you may try things you've been thinking about (what else do you do when you're not painting but THINK about painting! LOL!) such as a new technique, or starting off a different way, or adding elements you don't usually add. It was like that for me today. It's these lulls in my creative growth that give me time to reassess myself. I felt like I was missing something each time I painted. The real message I want my work to say is that it's ok to be you. Being yourself is wonderful and we are all perfectly imperfect. I exaggerate features but try to paint them so they are appealling. I often portray limbs and eyes different sizes and different colors to further emphasize imperfection. Many times, I think people miss this part of my art (I mean, the message part, not the way the characters look). I would love to have my pieces "say" that without "saying" it...but sometimes the viewer needs something more to drive home a message. I have used newspaper clippings and cutouts from old books to form sentences in some of my work but not in any that I've done in the last year. So, while lettering isn't new to me, it's something I haven't been including in my work lately.