My idea of a fun Saturday night is not going out to dinner and a movie, it's having a friend over to feast on pizza and create art. So last evening, a friend arrived bearing a box full of dough, sauce and cheese, and we spent the night eating and experimenting with Yupo "paper." (Actually, it's not a paper at all; it's plastic, and so much fun to play with. You've seen my work on it in past posts.) We laughed, talked about serious stuff and took a cake break.
What I find exciting about being an artist is trying new things instead of relying on the tried and true - getting over the fear and giving new things a try. So that's what I've been doing lately. Some of these experiments are frustrating and not for me, but the joy I feel when I get something right reminds me of why I became attracted to creating art in the first place. Yes, I will continue painting what I'm known for. I still enjoy creating those pieces and of course I have to earn a living. But every so often I will try something new. And this will bring a freshness back into my regular work.
Here's a little experimental cloud study I did last night. It isn't good. I know that. I kept working it, over and over till it resembled nothing I had originally intended. BUT I learned something, a lot actually, and that's the point. I will get better with practice just like with any new skill, improving as time goes on.
To see someone who has mastered this "paper" and various other media, go to the website of Randall David Tipton. He is a true artist in every aspect of the word. And his kindness has encouraged me.
Try something new. Get out of the rut. Have some fun. Open new doors. Get the message?