” An artist is only an artist on the condition that he (she) neglects no aspect of his (her) dual nature. The dualism is the power of being oneself and someone else at the same time”– Charles Baudelaire (Parentheses mine)
Recently, I was invited to place art in several businesses in Sacramento. The problem though was that I didn’t have enough art in my inventory as it was already in other places. So, yesterday I had time to be in the studio – all day. I had waited for this week and day and was excited to finally have time to get out there and paint uninterrupted. I also had an envisioned an idea of what I wanted to paint. As I began to put that idea into action…it wasn’t looking so great. I re worked it to no avail. Finally, I got frustrated and thought, “Never mind!” Then I began thinking about that phrase.. yes, good advice: Never mind!
How many of is live our lives minding the other, minding the rules, the societal norms, etc? What does it mean to step out of the box, to not mind the inner judge and ruler? My inner critic tells me that I am not weird enough to be an artist. I lack the Jackson Pollock extremism that makes abstract art a question instead of an answer. Yes, my critic thinks she an art critic! I have to mindfully not listen to her. How many times do you listen and believe your inner critic? Perhaps yours is telling you lies as well.
That inner voice may be trying to keep us from feeling embarrassed because it has rules to keep us safe. The critic is formed when we are small in an attempt to stay in line, not get into trouble, or feel ashamed. Problem is, it’s not so helpful in the studio when creativity needs to be unleashed. Take the axiom: Never Mind with you when you need that crazy unleashed freedom to play, experiment and imagine that comes with creativity. An art teacher I have studied with, Robert Burridge, calls this “Fire in the Belly”.
Get out of the box, just play. That freed my imagination and I was then able to move into that zone where the muse shows up and painting happens…I just happen to be on one end of the paint brush!
So, it’s time for me to head back out to the studio…. I am taking with me the thought, ‘Never Mind’ while I play. How will you play in your playground?
I was juried in to the Old Town Gallery in Auburn. I will have a wall there soon. TBA. Look out Pollock Jackson!
Don’t miss the annual Placer County Art Tour, Nov. 11, 12 & 13. If you let me know ahead of time, I will hold a brochure for you that has a map of all the artists and their studios. I will be located in the IQ Gallery in Rocklin, 3700 Midas Ave. The hours are from 10:00- 5:00 all 3 days. I am showing with 2 other fine art artists. Gini, owner of the gallery, has wonderful gifts in her gallery as well as Trisa, who makes one-of a-kind glass plates, jewelry, scarves and more. Last year, we had lots of people who came through, loved the gallery and shopped for Christmas! To get a taste of what is in the gallery, click the video here.
Until next time,