Sunday, April 24, 2011

the plan...

(the one on the right has clear tar gel, which I am really liking, it makes the white paint underneath glow a little... They both have interesting qualities that I would like to try again, but I guess I just can't see my girls in these)?

Ok... so I have realised that I can't schedule creativity... I was so looking forward to my two days of painting, I could hardly wait. But when Friday morning came I didn't feel like rushing into it, so I did stuff around the house. I pretty much did anything I could to give me an excuse not to pick up my paint brush. I was so mad with myself... but it is silly as I know this happens, I know this is how I can be. So next time I tell everyone I am going to schedule a painting session just whisper in my ear "that's a silly idea Katherine".

But as you can see above I did do a bit of mucking around... a few paper collages. They are not quite what I was wanting, but then again I don't really think I am sure I had a true idea of what I wanted to come out of this play date? I think I am jumping too far ahead of myself and too quickly. I still want people to know it is my work they are looking at. I guess it is like when you hear a song on the radio and you really like it and want more... but then you hear the rest of the album and if it is totally different it can be quite disappointing (especially if you have forked out some money on one of those old fashioned CD things at a record store).

I guess what I am saying is I don't want to change so much that people wont recognise me in my work but I do feel like it is time to develop my work a bit further. Which is where the characters come in... I think in having 5 - 7 different personalities I can work with the soft pastel colour for one character and then bright demanding colours for another instead of trying to get all that I love into one piece. Does that make sense?  I am going to start with a little notebook for each character and then develop a name, personality and life around the notes and drawings in each book... yeah so that's the plan.

11 comments:

softearthart said...

I am smiling Katherine, there is always something wonderful about "a plan" cheers Marie

Katie said...

Loving the notebook-for-each-character idea! Your work is beautiful, and I'm looking forward to seeing these new characters. :)

tangled sky studio said...

sounds like a plan ;-)
i'm of the mind lately that you just need to work through the change and see what you come up with...i'm sure it will be lovely and very you.

Micki Wilde said...

You make me laugh because you are so like me, I have more notebooks filled with lists and plans than I do sketches, I have to plan things all the time, I don't know why, but it's just my way.

At least some of the lists and plans get used up for textures under my paintings lol ;)

Hugs you

Micki x

Tara @ Aquamarine Art said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing your characters take shape! I think it's a great idea.

I can't schedule creativity either - if I try to paint when I'm not feeling it it never comes out right. But as you say, they can be good times to experiment, and the pressure is off for producing anything important.

xx
PS. I SO know what you mean about loving a song and being disappointed by the album!

Sleepandhersisters said...

I am so glad there are people who think like me out there... thanks you guys. x

patty said...

Ha, I totally get the whole avoidance stuff - am well familiar with that! But having a plan is a wonderful thing because it solidifies something in your brain and helps to move you forward. At least that's how it works for me. Look forward to seeing what comes next for you, Katherine!

Pam said...

I was smiling reading the avoidance thing..that is so me! When I have a 'planned' designing day set, suddenly the vacuuming needs doing, the dishwasher needs my attention and the washing pile is calling out! I can't wait to see how your characters develop!

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

I'm really interesting to read your thoughts on development of your style. It's something I struggle with. I always feel like my style is all over the place and I go back and forth between thinking I should just let it evolve and I should try to reign it in somehow.

The funny thing is that others always say I have a very strong style and in looking at your collages I feel like I can tell that they are definitely yours. There is something about them that does connect to your other work.

It's an interesting subject for sure and definitely part of the creative process.

Louise said...

Mmmm...notebooks full of your sketches. I'm envisaging something very beautiful about to emerge... a work in itself. I see them in glass display cases under your exhibited originals which hang on the wall above. :)

Jan Avellana said...

i lurk here and have always enjoyed your work and your writing. i sense a kindred spirit in you :). your post resonates with me :). i think you have a wonderful plan!