Monday, October 11, 2010
The above piece is what I did yesterday. This is one of the vintage frames that I obtained recently that was originally some shade of off white when I began this project (original frame in a photo below). There wasn't a back on this piece, and I didn't have a 12" round canvas board to use, so I improvised! I found an old fabric swatch book in my stash that has a really hard piece of cardboard on its back. It was plenty large enough to cut a 12" circle from it to use as my base, or substrate.
I had no clue where this was going, but I wanted to begin with a base of book pages.
This is when the "resistance phase" hit, something I had just read about in Anahata Katkin's Older Post after seeing it mentioned on Lorrie Spot's Blog this weekend. Gosh I dislike this phase of creating ~~ when our inner critic speaks loudly saying, "you're going to mess it up if you move forward now!" But Anahata tells us that she recommends pushing on through this phase, not giving into our inner critic, as that is what true artists do. Well, I want to be a "true artist," so I kept pushing on ... even while my instinct was to leave the piece and come back to it later, hoping a different time would provide a different perspective and idea.
If you've made it through this post, thanks for sticking with me! I'd love to hear about your process of creating; have you found that happy medium between questioning too much, or not at all? Wishing each of you a happy medium within life, and your art, today and always!
Posted by Jeanne Nelson at 10/11/2010 12:39:00 PM