Monday, March 3, 2014
heart art aka my precious
so much of the creative process is playing with "what if" scenarios. what if i do this, what if i use that color, or combine these images..."what if" is the essence of creating. the lesson i learned most in pursuit of my BFA is that you have to be willing to take risks in the studio. many artists especially young 'beginners' have a sense of preciousness about their work and a fear of 'messing up' something they like. but that fear is what will hold you back from a real break through. playing it safe isn't always the best thing and it is years of risking and fixing that help develop a mature artist and give you faith to trust your skills that if you do make a change you like less than a previous state you can fix it and work your way out of it. (although this is easier to do with painting than printmaking i would dare to say you can even in printmaking problem solve to correct a bad creative choice.)
the other thing i have learned is to sleep on a project. if you aren't sure about what to do next with a piece let it rest. if you finished a piece and don't care for it, don't white wash it right away, give it time. sometimes time alters your view of a thing and you'll grow to like it or see a new direction to take it in... and sometimes you realize you've outgrown it entirely. but no matter what, the experience of having made a piece, even a failed piece, is of value. similar to how you learn something of value from a broken heart. it all helps shape your future work.