I’ve been a touch bored lately. I think this happens to many artists, because as a group, we are curious and want to try all kinds of new things. I'm not the only one as I can see a growing number of dots and circles popping up around The Art Center in other artists' work. ;-)
I’ve been pondering the “stillness” of pointillism, regardless of colors or style. How can I inject more feeling without necessarily story telling like Seurat? Is the stillness an artifact of the dots and how the eyes and brain perceive them? Is the base drawing setting the stage for stillness? Should I be abstracting it more? And, would deconstructing a painting (erase or paint over) help? Is there something with regards to color that might give me increased movement? Can my dot sizing be pushed further?
I’ll confess, I’ve been doing a bit of active procrastination on the start of this piece. For me that means puttering in the studio or with business related things while I think about questions like those posed above. I'll gesso canvases, clean the studio, tidy up the web site, explore digital art as a means of creating art studies; basically anything that will continue to push me forward with my art business but still allow me to think.
This time I seemed well and truly stuck. A chance conversation with my studio mate Yucali changed that. She listened to all of my questions and argued with me. It surprised me a bit. She said my pieces had a sweetness to them that would be sad to lose and then proceeded to point to a couple of my works and show me what she thought of as my biggest strength... she said that my horizontals were particularly strong. She suggested (as only another trusted artist might dare) that I take off the training wheels of my grids for drawing. What she was saying lit a spark.
I whipped out a couple of digital studies and have begun a fun little landscape... that focuses on the horizontals and the loose lines of drawing without a grid.
And... I'm still pondering those questions as I paint this piece. They will have to be answered before they will leave me alone in my head and heart, but I'm happy to wait and see what the next logical step will be.
Fun tip... Did you know you can remove acrylic paint with rubbing alcohol? I had an incident with the pink pen (see image above) and quickly grabbed a cotton ball with alcohol. It removed a little more than expected... but in the spirit of being an artist, that only gives me ideas for another painting and possibly a way of deconstructing.
Wishing you all of the best! -- R. B.