Sunday, September 20, 2009
A CREATIVE EPIPHANY
oil on linen
I'm still waitin' on the muse...great song title...anyway, she is a fickle little witch isn't she! It is Sunday, however feel free to exchange the "w" for a "b," if that's your natural inclination. I assure you, it's mine. Anyway, I'm realizing now, she actually did show up, but since her gift was not in praise of moi, it took till today to discern she had indeed visited!
For lack of a better thread, I'm following the "floating face" thang. They're fun and fast, and appear to scratch that annoying ego itch quickly and somewhat painlessly. But, I thought, why not try the same thing in a larger format and in oil?...(there's a pattern here isn't there?)...the still-evolving result is above. I was just going to leave it as it is, satisfied that my "floating face" thing was indeed progressing, having moved to a larger venue and medium, and would one day possibly be my new "answer!" Maybe fill in only a few other parts of the face in a graphic manner, maybe a splash of red to define the right side of the face.
As the afternoon shadows faded into evening on Friday, I sat on the bed, looking alternately at the TV screen and the canvas shown above. I was pretty satisfied, but I knew that somewhere, more artists than I cared to imagine, were taking the concept of "floating faces" to places unknown or imagined, by me anyway, and I wanted, very much, to see some examples. I'll jump online later tonight and find some to check out, I thought.
A half an hour later, himself had arrived home from work and was all excited about this artist he'd found online. "She does the faces thing," he said, "but differently, you really need to see her work!"
Himself, my perfect "little" resident geek, has the mac hooked up so we can view monitor content on the embarrassingly large flat screen that we share our bedroom with. As I sat there, the images that flashed before my eyes were indeed incredible and coincidentally (there are none by the way) exactly what I had in mind to look for later that night! This artist, based in England, had done an incredible collection of what I call "floating faces," in oil and thread no less and I was transfixed! Check out her work, particularly "Pores," on: http://www.lindaingham.com/, it is a feast of texture, composition and skill!
Since whatever transpires is entirely about moi, including viewing Linda's work, what struck me was the absence of my usual all-encompassing creative submission to one obviously more imaginative than I. This was, in the not too distant past, my time to withdraw into my shell, pull my head back into the darkness and assume my favorite hang-dog position of one with ability but no imagination. Why didn't I think of that? Why is it I can't do anything that's different? Blah, blah, blah and more blah. I suddenly realize, with great delight, I'm feeling excitement, not defeat!
It's a new emotion, coming at a time when I'm usually consumed with envy and doubt. Creative horizons open wider with each new image that appears on the screen! I see, for what could be, the first time in my life, actually, that this exciting work is a light to illuminate my path, not obliterate it! And I believe that is my elusive answer! Natural inclination! We'll see how this evolves, it might stay just like it is but I hope I'll be inspired to take a lot more chances and explore many more possibilities than I have before. I'm the only one who can limit moi. As true as it is cheesy! And cheesy works just fine if it gets me out of my own way.
Also, in an effort to get himself off his artistic arse, we've agreed to paint the same subject matter and post a side by side comparison of the paintings. I'm excited to see what he does. I love his work. He works a full day of graphic design and editing so being creative at home isn't a priority. It certainly wasn't mine back in the day. One month from today, Northport, October 20th!