By Sandy Booth
Sometimes the creative process can be frustrating. Have you ever put your heart and soul into a project with all of the best intentions and positive feelings for it to be exactly as you had in your minds eye, and then realize it wasn’t as simple as it seemed?
Most of my art is intuitive in style. Which simply means I start with a color scheme, theme or texture that I love and build layer upon layer of those elements on my substrate. As I work I notice patterns and themes begin to emerge. Each layer informs the next and eventually my painting comes to life. Intuitive art is a bit rebellious in that there are no rules or parameters. It is a process of evolving. Not only the art, but the artist.
Occasionally I like to plan out my work. I sketch an outline or work on a specific color palette. I study the rules of perspective and scale. I use a color wheel and follow the rules of design. This method stretches me a bit in that it takes a little more patience and time.
Both of these approaches can result in beautiful art. And both can be very frustrating getting there. But as my teachers have always stressed in any class I have taken, It’s the process that counts. Enjoy the process. Paint and create with abandon! It’s the fun of creating that is important, not the end result.
Create something every day.