Monday, June 14, 2010
Creativity manifests however it will. These days I am spending hours in front of the computer, making a new website, managing photo files, updating my blogs. I'm just not in my studio, in spite of having unfinished projects languishing up there. The energy and concentration for doing that work isn't in me right now. Each artist, I believe, must respect her rhythm and abilities and drive, or lack thereof. My painting teacher once said that mood is irrelevant to one's work. Isn't it Twyla Tharp who said that first of all you have to show up. Well, I'm just not showing up in my studio, and I can't seem to force it. However, I am showing up, day after day, in front of the computer. And every so often, the creative energy seeks its release in a form of digital art. This is a recent example. It's composed of a photo of lupins in my yard, super-imposed with a digital "stamp" (or brush) that I made from a photo of a street in Montreal last winter; added to this are various blending effects.
The feeling I was going after was a combination of pen & ink, mixed with water colour. The composition itself is a sort of city meets country. Or perhaps on another level, it speaks of the creative spirit rising up in spite of the environment in which it finds itself.
Labels: Digital Art