If the culture is so all pervasive that you can’t think outside of it, how are you making genuine choices?
^ That just needed repeating.
I needed this on my blog again… I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot lately, in regards to so many aspects of my life AND our society as a whole.
oh man I’ve wondered last line for a long time.
“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.”
— Pablo Picasso” —
One of my long time followers and among my good tumblr friends asked about this quote today. So, I thought I’d speak about it a little with everybody.
For many artists, especially my students and myself, it takes a period of time to shift from the left brain tasks we deal with all around us into the right brain creative that allows us to get lost in our work. That’s why college studio classes last twice as long as a regular lecture class. Some people can make this shift quickly, others need contemplation and concentration to make the shift. I personally find I need both. Some days the creative is bursting forth and I immediately loose myself in my work. Other days, it take longer to quiet my brain and make the shift.
Everyday I come to appreciate more and more how brains, eyes, and other senses work for us everyday and especially for artists. Things like senses that most of us take for granted or are invisible to us as we go about our lives, have become an intense part of my art.
As an art professor, I have a hard time finding time to make art. I could paint or work on photographs during my studio class time, but I must keep up with what the students are doing and answer all their questions. That is what I am paid for, I love it, and I wouldn’t change a second of it.
So, my only times to wok on my personal art are after classes, at night, and on weekends.
Lately I have been able to dedicate large blocks of time in the evening and weekends to painting. I’m new to “painting” although I use elements of painting in my drawings and photographs. But I fell in love with encaustics last summer and have not stopped working with the wax and the pigments and the endless means of incorporating other media and raw ideas into my work.
This past week I hit a slump. Wasn’t happy with my past work (typical artist reaction in a slump) and couldn’t figure out what to do next. I kept dabbling around, but was just making crap. Finally I started paying attention to what was going on around me, what I had been doing, and the ideas for going forward came flooding through. I now have 9 paintings started and have another 10 planned. I work on so many at once because wax has to cool, I need to think, and it’s easier to keep a flow with a lot of work in process.
This afternoon I am in the studio, waiting for the wax to heat up and thinking about all those our there who have taken time to follow my blog, like my work, and share it with others on their blogs. Thanks for doing that. It makes me humbled and happy to see others enjoying what I do and sharing it with others.
Enjoy your weekend, make some art, and take some time to be quiet and think.