Monday, August 11, 2008
The Dreamy/Active Evolution of Myself
Art fair coming up in several weeks, so want to put in a few new images. Will show some of my creations in action here. Hoped to have painted something to post on this site, but may have to settle for jazzing up some photos instead. Don't get me wrong, don't feel I've lost the painting bug, just think that when I put paintbrush to paper, a whole different part of my creativity will come out. I mourn a little the watercolorist in me who thought that I had found the perfect medium. But I am changing, wanting more brightness, more color, more variety so am exploring other mediums to satisfy that. Why I'm waiting and not taking action yet is beyond me. Perhaps afraid I won't be perfect, or maybe instead I'll enjoy it so much I'll never want to stop painting. I'd like to think it's the latter. So, in the meantime, I have my photography (and my writing) to keep me connected to my creative self.
I took a picture of a stargazer day-lily recently. I was attracted to this flower for its dynamic color and the way the lights and shadows reflected on it. I zoomed in on it so the stamens had a more active part in leading the eye to the center. I've read that diagonal lines can add interest to a picture, so this seemed to fit the bill. I enjoy taking dreamy pictures, but this one seemed a little more alive to me, more energetic. So decided to push this aliveness a little more on the computer. I feel symbolically this flower represents me becoming more alive, awakening to who I am, yet still needing to push my more dreamy self in the process. Which of course relates to my hesitation to plunge into other painting mediums (dreamy self seems safer, less accountable). The need, however, to continue to embrace all mediums still necessary to my evolution. Whether they play a big or not so big part in my life at any given point, I feel each one is a teacher to me, offering me lessons. And if I no longer find a medium useful to me, I will let it go, even if I have misgivings, and make room for new explorations.