In my last post I talked about how I had artist block. Well, fortunately for me it didn't last long. I had been looking at what I painted that night and saw many things in the painting; among them was the willow tree. There was one vertical section on the left that gave that vibe to me. The next morning I went about my normal Sunday activity of grocery shopping. While walking down an aisle I spied those decorating tips used for cakes and I was inspired.
In my mind's eye, the willow tree could come to life with those tips. I got home and the moment I had a chance I got to work on figuring out which tip to use. It didn't take long.
This piece is different than my normal pieces. I like to zoom in and really focus on things. In this I stepped back. Also, I normally have a plan and don't just paint the background and see where it takes me. It was a different process for me. In the end, I did keep true to my intent of simplifying the texture to simple repetitive shapes and patterns.
Willow, Acrylic Paint, Watercolor, and Texture Medium on Canvas, 24" X 30", Feb. 2015.
Sometimes I really have the urge to create. I want to make something. What that something is, I just don't know. I have been wanting to create pecan trees in winter. In fact, I have the base all painted on the background. It will be another piece completed with neutrals. But, I just can't bring myself to paint it. I have pictures and everything.
Then there is this other painting I want to create. An acquaintance of mine wants a garden over her bed. And, I've wanted to paint hollyhocks for quite some time now. What a perfect thing to do--to paint Kelly's garden with hollyhocks. Problem is, I just don't have the get up and go to do it.
I am currently sitting in my studio. I've got paint, brushes, canvases, and texture mediums. Yet still I sit here not doing anything. That isn't entirely true. I did just grab a bunch of colors I hadn't ever used and started to lay them down.
But now what. I've got 2 canvases, both with wonderful grounds to work on, but I'm stumped. Is it artist block? Obviously something is blocking me. What is it though? I hate when I get into these periods. It is super frustrating. I feel like I was moving a mile a minute on my artwork, and then Bam! Nothing. I just hope it ends soon.
In case you were wondering what I did tonight, here it is.