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the trouble with art

Posted: May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
inprogress

forever in progress

<– this is a smallish pile of ‘in progress’ artwork. it has been in progress for much longer than i care to admit. after all these years, as an artist, i still have a rough time becoming fully engaged in this process. on friday i was thrilled with the yawning abyss of a creative long weekend…now, mid-afternoon on the last day of the holiday, i’m still NOT creating…but i’m thinking about it. i don’t think that counts though. i’m procrastinating by starting my art blog. and playing with the cat. and slicing a pineapple…oh, is that a new twitter post? and so it goes. i think it all boils down to fear. fear of making horrid art – art that stacks up in basements and parents’ garages, never seeing the light of day. or, having seen the light of day, it’s work that wasn’t sold and is relegated to indefinite storage…or worse, accompanying me on my many moves.

studio

the ‘real artist’ studio space

aside from the paralyzing fear of making bad art, is the fact that i don’t have a designated ‘studio’ space any more. i had a lovely large space a few months ago, but had to let it go because of a personal economic downturn (see pic on the right). i moved everything to my apartment and have a makeshift space in my kitchen. on the one hand i’m happy to have my supplies within reach again, on the other hand i can’t leave anything out because of a very curious tuxedo cat. i’m pretty sure that this is very much part of the problem, or at least a pretty decent excuse for my lapse in art production. i have always had a ‘room of my own’ for art making.

Let my studio be filled with new & old functional furniture with character, and all types of tools to create with; art, books, pictures, music, film, & journals… ~ henry miller

ultimately, what i really want is the kind of artistic process that is ongoing, free flowing and organic – the kind of production that naturally evolves into new work and feeds off of what is completed. i see artists whom i admire, in the flow…steadily creating new bodies of work, then showing, then back in their studios. how does one balance that life with day jobs and other responsibilities? i have stacks of books on the creative process…i buy them because i am fascinated by this and others’ process and i’m also secretly hoping i’ll become inspired enough to have an epiphany and pick up a brush. what inspires you to commit to your work?