Artist Talk-Play

5.12.16

I had been very blocked and somewhat sporadic in my art making since art school. I also had been teaching art for the past 4 years so the pressure to make great art was on. But this fall, upon taking time and spending resources on my art, I finally felt free to just PLAY. 

artist, Artist Studio, artist talk, collage, figurative, painting, photography, realismI went into the studio every day in September and much of October without the pressure to make great work but just to explore and experiment. I ended up with a lot of work that was mediocre and several pieces that were bad, but some work that was exciting and really clicking. 

artist, Artist Studio, artist talk, collage, figurative, painting, photography, realismMy work before this had been quite controlled and overly contemplated. Somewhat heady. I knew I needed to let go and make my work match my current feeling about life which has felt very much out of my control (more on that in my previous post).

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I began working with inks and watery acrylic which forced me to work quickly and intuitively and just play. So not thinking much and working with materials that are tickier to control was a great start to this process of giving up control and letting go. My mind couldn't interrupt too much. There just wasn't time and the paint can only move with your guidance, it has a life of its own in many respects when it is so thin.

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When you want to get back into creative flow, what tricks do you use?

Is there something that you have been wanting to get back into but feel the perfectionist pressure to produce amazing work from the get go?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna

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