Experimenting goes both ways, it takes you right back to youthful play and forward into more mature states of creativity. That's how it has transpired for me in the last several months. January and February have been major months of just seeing how my mood takes me, what emerges, but without any reliance on trance. It has been a very conscious exercise in creating.
I've hardly ink painted in weeks, however getting past the urge to be productive – seeing the urge settle down – is part of this process. Less is much more. What I have been doing when I've chosen ink is to produce an initial ink painting as before, then returned to it later, for a second round using a different medium. I've braved over-painting and over-working to get through the icky stage of fear and discomfort. This is what creating with maturity is, I suppose. We're less attached to our work and able to handle the anxiety, mistakes, and potential loss.
It has been a very conscious exercise in creating
The artwork has got darker visually because acrylics over ink are bound to do that. Ink is beautiful at retaining light even on colourful sections – the colour is vivid enough to glow like light. Acrylics don't have the same ability. Titanium white can never be a substitute for light and thin colour. It always feels like faking the light in some way and I use it sparingly.
We're less attached to our work and able to handle the anxiety, mistakes, and potential loss
Anyway, I'm happy with the results of this two-stage, mixed media attempt. I will try more. I am more happy at using scraps of beach-found objects I have collected, pasting thick paint onto their textured and shaped surfaces to add to my work's story. And I'm glad this bag of so-called rubbish I gathered over several years has finally seen use. I knew it would come in handy for something, one day.
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