“When we stop looking for something and just see what’s in front of us – that’s when we can really start to be creative.” -Dan Baumbach
I cleaned out my studio last weekend. My studio is a 10×14 extra bedroom that can easily be overcome by clutter. The great thing about this room is it has two deep closets. My husband removed the doors of the closets and installed shelving. What a difference! While going through everything I found the above collage I created in 2012 about the time I first started painting. I was just learning about my materials and how to use them. This piece is on a small birch panel using acrylics with some collaged elements. It has been buried in the closet for the last 6 years. I could have tossed it — but instead —
I decided to use it and make a new painting on top of what was already there. Sometimes when I start a painting I forget how important a rich background can be. This is a great reminder to spend more time building up the layers.
What do you think?
“Art is not just ornamental, an enhancement of life. It is a path in itself, a way out of the predictable and conventional — a map to self discovery.” -Gabrielle Roth