“Art is a way of showing the outside world what your inside world looks like.” Jerry Saltz
For the last year or so I’ve been feeling a little stilted with my art. That’s part of the reason I started sharing it here. I want to open up. And that’s helped me tremendously.
I also began watching other people on YouTube and rereading some of my favorite art books (it’s time for me to get some new ones, by the way!) and that’s helped too, a lot. Seeing what other people do, watching their process, and surrounding myself with art in all forms is transformative.
The other day I grabbed two cheap sketchbooks from Fred’s and put one aside. The first one is for self portrait studies. I already have two I think I’d love to turn into paintings down the road. But today I figured out what I want the second one to be for.
I watched a bundle of videos on how to access your more creative, right brain side without questioning the process. I watched a few art videos by Roben-Marie Smith and this really kinda “neat idea” one by Suzette Morrow. Now I’ve done a bunch of drawings that I created from squiggles and scratchy lines, but I never really used Morrow’s process. As I am right now trying to go deeper with my art, trying to both create meaning while keeping the mystery for the viewer, I think that her process of being more intuitive and more self aware while barely controlling the art could lead to some terribly wonderful and exciting abstract work to pull from and create paintings out of.
I don’t know when or if I will share this art. I don’t see that yet, that decision. This might be very personal to me and I might be a bit protective (in a sense) of that art. At least for a while. I don’t see this sketchbook as good or bad work. This is more like a mental workbook, a process book. Many artists see all their sketchbooks like that. Maybe I do too to an extent. Maybe most of my sketchbooks so far have been the workbooks for the technical aspect of art and now I am working on the mental and inside aspects.
Whatever the case, I am excited to see what comes from this. It’s a fairly new process for me. I’ve done pieces like this before but not with the same intention I have for this book.