It's Summer and I can't Focus!
Do you find that it's almost impossible to focus on your work during the summer? That's what I am finding at the moment. Getting into the studio is so hard when the garden and lovely weather beckons me outside. I hate to wish for the cooler days but it does make it easier to stay inside and work.
I have been thinking about my work and where it is going, or not going. I have decided to go through a process to enable my work to continue to grow and develop. The first step I have set myself is to look at a lot of art, find work I really like and then ask myself what it is and why it resonates so strongly with me. This is a clarification process to enable me to discover what is interesting and has personal meaning for me now and what I want to incorporate into my artwork going forward.
I really believe that each person can create a very distinctive style of art that comes from their life experiences and even right down to how their muscles hold and use painting or drawing tools. Several years back I taught classes on using art for personal development. I found that when people were asked to paint in a very non representational manner, just putting paint on as they felt like it, you could immediately see that each person did it distinctive way. Within several weeks everyone in the class could usually pick out whose work was which. Why is it then that so much art looks so similar? Perhaps we need to really work at enhancing what it is that is different about ourselves and let it shine through.
In the next post I will include photos of some of the work I like and why, and what I have discovered in the first step of my process. I would love to hear your thoughts. If you would like to take part in the process too and then post what you discover, that would be great.
4 weeks ago