The hardest part of just about any task is beginning it. I know you know what I'm talking about...the closet that needs to be cleaned out, the note you need to write. It's no different for me with my art. Sometimes I have to just sit at my desk...or on the floor...or in the grass outside...and make myself begin something, anything. Most days the momentum gets going and I suddenly realize I'm in the zone.
That's how it works for me most of the time. I don't do a lot of preliminary drawings for my jewelry pieces. My collage works tend to be rather random and spontaneous. I like being surprised. I like to let a piece tell me what it wants to be.
I am happiest when my art and my life are one and the same. Lately I crave simplicity and order. This desire is showing up in my collage pieces. I increasingly find myself reaching for a pen or a paintbrush, instead of hunting through cluttered boxes of ephemera to alter and layer.
Instead of stencils and stamps I look for everyday items to use as tools. An empty toilet paper roll dipped in paint makes a great blobby circle.
For me, Fall is a season of decluttering...of simplifying and appreciating organic and simple things. It is a time of preparation and making space. Fall is my season for nesting.
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