My studio is my creative space, it's my quiet place where I can escape and let everything go and let my imagination run wild. And let me tell you sometimes it runs pretty wild, carefree and beautifully chaotic. At times, it feels like when I was a kid and nothing seemed more freeing and as simple than just running through the grass, spinning in the sun until you fall down and laughing. I think when I get out of my own head is when I really allow myself to show my true self in my art. In some of my work, you can see the purest form of me, me allowing me to not overthink the steps and process but just to create from within. And then there are times I have tp reel myself back in and remember to tone it down a bit. I am learning though that toning it down isn't always the best way to achieve originality or to stay true to who I am as an artist. So part of my creative process is trying to put my beautiful chaotic wildness into my pieces tastefully and with respect to my craft and talent.
With so many talented fellow artist out there it is often hard to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes, you can get sucked in to the "what is working for others" syndrome and you begin to lose who you are to stay in the race. But I am beginning to see a pattern. I am beginning to see that copying (for lack of a better term) or even resembling others doesn't make you more successful or stand out. You are no longer an original. If we are all the same in style and technique than aren't we just the same as manufactured. I don't want to be manufactured. When I say manufactured, I don't mean any disrespect or to insult anyone, I just mean that makes us no different from the big corps who mass produce the same style over and over again. And to me that isn't what art is, art comes from your heart, your soul and the quiet place in your mind that you can escape to.
So, in my creative space some days I will just sit here and think. Turn on some tunes that match my mood or that may uplift me with inspiration. I will do some research and play around with I call sample boards. My sample boards are my library of successes and failures. I'll experiment with colors, textures, prints and stencils. It is often a messy process but creating a mess is part of creating something beautiful. And when I create a finish or look that makes my heart sing and fill with joy I jot down everyhting I just did in my repertoire of finishes (while fresh in my mind) so that when I find the right piece for that finish, I can recreate it. Sometimes, visions or thoughts just come to me and I can control my excitement so I start right away on a piece that may be right in front of me. Like this one...
See pic below.
There was no real planning, no real rhyme or reason. It all started with the print on the door, she reminded me of a fairy from there my mind went to a beautiful land in a dream as in Shakespeare's A Mid Summers Dream. And from there I knew I needed darkness for the night sky, I needed earthy and woodsy hence the base color and natural wood drawers. And then it spoke to me and I knew I had to let my free spirit go run wild on the sides, where I created a scenery from a child like dream tastefully and respectfully done to capture the magic of a woodsy forest under a starlit sky.
It is my favorite piece. It is my breakthrough piece of me allowing me to just be me. I know there is no other like it and never will be. You see what is in my minds eye is just that my minds eye. It can't be copied. It's an original and it's me.
Since this piece I have been allowing myself to let go even more. And you may have started noticing in some of my newest pieces.
I can and will still offer custom commissioned pieces in the trending looks if so asked to do so. But when it comes to my own, if the piece is screaming to be unique and fun, I will use as a canvas, I will give it my all to create an original, to create a piece of my heart and soul.
The world needs art just as it needs music and literature. We need to allow our minds to escape within a scene, a print, a painting, a song or a good book. Who doesn't love a good escape? It recharges our energy, our souls and our faith in the world. It brings us hope. It transcends us back to a time of pure joy, fearless imaginations of journeys and adventures.
My studio, my creative space is where I let everything go and let my imagination run wild and free. It's a beautiful chaotic mess. It's an adventure through what if's and possibilities.
Many Blessings and Love to All
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