Thursday, August 25, 2011

I painted my artist block today!

Yes, I think I did... quite inadvertently this image appeared in my work:

and it possibly represents what's stopping my work with trees, woods, the natural world. Don't you think there's a definite barring of the way into the woods here?? This tree stretches from top to bottom, side to side in a way that seems to say, "Don't go into the woods!"

Lately I've thought of several trite expressions, like "Can't see the forest for the trees..." that might be part of my creative angst that's been going on for over two years now.

I continue to weave and continue to work on images but just don't know if what I'm doing is what I should be doing. Do I think about this too much? Do I obsess over it? Well, yes!

But, this "do not pass" from somewhere in my hand and eye today really has caused me to think.

OK... even though I'm thinking, I'm still working on the paintings. Here's some of the progress:

Three of these are in first day or second day stages...

Still lots more work on the one above, but I'm almost ready to take down the one below:

I've filled just about everywhere I can reach with what I've done over the past week... like I said before, I guess I'll just have to start pinning them on top of the others!

We've got a studio tour tomorrow night to the visual artists' studios (2 of us and a film maker). We had readings from two writers last night and will have two from the poets tonight.

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  1. I really like the 'blocked' one! I can see it being a tapestry called, 'Can't see the forest for the tree.' I can't believe the amount of creative work you are getting done there in such a short time. It makes me feel like a slug - like a slug who needs to go on a retreat!

  2. I too love that first image....the one you call blocked.

    Forest and trees...close up and far away....blocked or filtered view....yes there is a lot to think about there.

    Wow, you are just painting up a storm. Can't imagine how it must feel to be so immersed in what you've been creating! Lucky you!

  3. I am in agreement, I love the image of the 'block'. That one just popped out at me before I read what you said about it...I am staggered and impressed by the amount of work you are doing and getting finished...retreats I am beginning to see are very valuable. Interested to see where you go from here from one who fights blocks...

  4. Ditto. I too like the "blocked" one, but I also liked hearing about the fact that you've felt blocked for a couple of years--you know how it makes you feel better to know you're not the only one. You've been quite productive!