Art & Design
Such are the thoughts that are popping into my head during the first sessions of radiation therapy - apart from the occasional "What the hell is that whirring machine DOING behind my head when I'm not looking?!". Not to fear, Bruce Banner got nothin' on me.
In the meantime I've started the largest pen & ink project to date: "Miz Manhattan", roughly sized 2' x 6'. As the therapy is progressing, I am hoping to finish it in the coming six weeks. Appropriately so, since it is the time allotted for the said radiation therapy and this piece is directly linked to it. Posting some images from the process, hopefully there will be updates shortly. CJ
2. Take self-inventory - the pros and cons
Some people make lists or resumes, others do a mental break-down, but the basic idea is the same: Take a general look at yourself and your abilities, for example your latest projects and acomplishments, the skill set you have developed and the tools and techniques you are currently using.
When listing your draw-backs, be specific. When looking at past projects, which aspects were the most difficult or problematic? What was the most daunting challenge, perhaps there were jobs you declined? Maybe you lack the confidence in your drawing, technial skill or tool set?
The possible list of small kinks in the daily routine of an artist are too long to admit, sometimes. If you have trouble with this step you can ask open-minded former clients or friends to help you with this assessment - sometimes outside opinions can open up lots of new avenues for improvement!
Starting a new painting is always difficult for me, even if I have a concrete idea and concept in mind. Somehow, the blank page sets loose an overwhelming urge not to mess with it, a fear of destroying the pure concept I have in mind. Over the last month I've realized how much I tend to over-think my art, it gets stuck in the details and technique rather than the subject and the content .
As a way to remedy this, I started a new series purely as a counter-balance to brain control: The heart / "Year in Emotion" series. The concept developed out of a simple doodle in the sketch book - and promptly it multiplied into a mini-series of ideas!
Doodling is such an under-utilized way of starting a concept - letting the hand subconsciously guide you to new ideas really does work. Who knew! Two paintings have already been created out of those spontaneous sketches, the next ones will follow shortly as I find the time for it. I will post the new painting on the Art page soon as well.
After the small successes of the 'doodling experiments' I am starting more research into the Surrealism painting methods, which are heavily invested in the subconscious and chance-driven techniques like decalcomania, frottage, and automated writing. It seems like a good way to overcome a domineering, pushy brain....
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.