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3 years ago
I have been creating works of art for my exhibition and its been a learning curve.........
Ive found out how to do a lot of new things, and mixing materials in a piece is so exciting :-
Oil painting with acrylic touches ( remember Nicola oil paint washes out in turps NOT water) give a different dimension, the acrylics give a matt finish, oil a silk/gloss one.
If the frame doesnt fit then dismantling it can be done ( hammering was never one of my strong points...lots of pennies there)
Mixing textile with painting means other colour and texture can be added (but wait until the paint is at least a little dry!!!!!)
Discovered Impasto, which to me is like 'no more gaps'' or 'bog'' for artists... a white firm glue/filler which can be mixed with paint or painted over when dry (yes it has to be dry to remain where you intend it to stay, and makes one helluva mess of brushes if you dont wait!!).
When the muse is upon me the dog has crossed legs, the phone is ignored and I forget to eat which is apparently a typical artist thing, maybe thats why so many are skinny??
Inspiration can be overwhelming.So many possibilities to explore, colour, texture, size that the brain can become overloaded and nothing is achieved..my solution??A good walk in the bush to defrag which usually works.(If it doesnt then a Bourbon helps).
Ive been asked many times "How can you part with your work?"" Maybe Im unusual (now thats a given..I can hear my offspring rofl) in that the buzz is in the DOING, not the keeping.A photographic record of work is all I need..the actual art piece can go elsewhere (preferably in exchange for money but not always).
Some artists plan, prepare, do preliminary sketches etc... before they begin a piece.Very commendable.
I am a spontaneous artist, all that sorting and planning and sifting is done in my head so when I start work its already been thought out and the process of actually producing is a repeat performance, unless something doesnt work and then the alteration takes place as its happening.Exciting when that occurs.
I hope this has given you an insight into the creative process, made you laugh maybe and realised that art is work, at times hard work and very solitary incidentally.Maybe thats why we get into the habit of talking to ourselves??(No methinks that might be age..lol)
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