Valentines day has been permeating my art lately. I find that kind of amusing considering how much I used to hate Valentines day. If you want to experience emotional misery, step into the shoes of a fat college girl on Valentines day....but that is a whole other story....you will have to wait for the book.
Anyhow, I have several Valentine themed items on eBay.
I think they are fabulous of course. I have been working for several weeks on a valentine themed mini paper bag book. I hope to have it finished and listed by next week.
I have been struggling with my muse recently, and strangely, I think that success has sort of smothered her. I had a commission last week from a lady who saw my collages in a local gallery. She wanted one as a birthday gift for her son. I was, of course, elated. But now, I can't seem to get my mojo back. I am particularly stumped by some small canvases I bought recently. What I see in my head is not translating for me. I thin that having received a commission has me focusing too much on what would be saleable. Isn't that a trap we can all fall into? I want to sell my art, but I don't thrive on making art for the purpose of selling it. I thrive on making what makes my heart beat faster, and what tells a story about me. Will i sell? I don't know. But what is the point of just making art that will appeal to someone else? I think I'd just as soon go to work at Wal-Mart.
So perhaps when I go out to the studio this morning, I will just start paiting with no though of how it might look to someone else. Phew, hard to do!
What is appealing to me recently i things that are hightly layered and patterened. The heart at left is an example. It is watercolor paper which I painted, then stenciled the dots on, then stamped the repeating 2 toned spiral pattern on. I love this effect. It is almost dizzying.
Layer, texture, pattern, color- these are the things that make my socks go up and down.
Thank you for sticking with my ramblings!