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Internet Troubles – and a picture of an older work

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Sorry for the lack of posts; been having modem troubles and haven’t consistently been able to access the internet. Here’s an image of a painting I did some years back that I particularly like. That doesn’t happen as often as I want it to – my really liking a painting – but then again, painting doesn’t happen nearly enough either. I long to be doing more painting! This painting is owned now by a friend; we traded art for services rendered. I think this is up there in my top 5 favorite paintings I have ever done.

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Why is this painting one of my favorites? That is harder to explain – it just “worked” – not without fear, experimentation, and revision, and the willingness to be lost or “ruin” it. Sometimes, magic simply happens, but that seems rare. More often I get lost, then find my way through somet obstacle. I know what I like – abstract art, simplicity, rich color, form, play of hard and soft edges, and most of all, feeling or emotion evoked. Generally, if I know it “works,” other people see it too.

I wonder if you have favorite things you have made, and if so, what are they, and why are they your favorites? How do they work – in what ways? What was the process? – because I believe that process is the fun of the journey.  But, of course, I am interested in “product” so that I can support my crafting habit with some occasional sales, LOL – so I’m curious to know what makes something work, and how I can make it happen more.

No answers here, but I think frequency and practice of your craft, whatever it is, opens doorways to more magic and going with a certain flow that lacks when one only does it occasionally. So what’s my excuse? How can I trick myself into doing more of what makes me happy, intrigued, excited, and sometimes exasperated – what makes me really come alive?

Would love to hear others’ thoughts on this topic – any part of it.

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2 thoughts on “Internet Troubles – and a picture of an older work

  1. I identified with what you say here, about the reliability of your instincts and how, when you think you’ve done something that “works” others concur. I have been thinking a lot about process VS product or process as product. (re: My latest blog, “Poet’s notebook”) and I want to explore this. That is to say that the process never stops but it can “peak” after which a project or composition, (written or graphic) is reabsorbed into a slightly different aesthetic gestalt. (I didn’t get into gestalt in my blog!) But often, I contend, when we arrive at a logical stopping point in a poem or piece of art, sometimes, if we are honest, we have to admit, we over-worked it and lost the peak-moment. (I really, really like this painting!)

  2. Thanks for your thoughtful reply, Gary! Yes, i’ve ruined many a good piece of art and writing by overworking. I think the reason I like this painting so much is that it came from flow, and i knew when to stop instinctively. I think it’s one of the most successful paintings I’ve ever made.

    I read your latest post, “poet’s notebook” – lots of food for thought in that. I love that raw place where permission is granted and what happens, happens! I hope you write about and define gestalt on your blog. I never really did study or understand/ “grok” it. Maybe through your blog, I will finally learn what it is and how it works – maybe somewhat like synchronicity or instinct does – it may be “unexplainable” to our logical minds.

    I wonder if I dare post poems here? You may give me courage to do it.

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