I read some inspiring words the other day that pushed me to paint and art journal with a little more courage than usual. Four days a week, I sit in a noisy gym at my son's kickboxing practice - sometimes I take work with me, and sometimes I take my sketchbook. My usual process involves pencil sketching, perfecting lines, and then going over the lines with pen before adding color, if I go to that step - most often, I'm drawing stamp images, so they don't get colored. This time, the words I had read challenged my tendency to perfectionism, and I skipped the pencil step and I sketched in pen. It was a great exercise in trusting myself, and I'm proud of the results. Here's my piece all painted in:
These are the words that I read, and I'd love to hear your thoughts:
"The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art - but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.--Erik Wahl
Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a museum). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product.
Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art."
**I did have some requests for art prints of my work, and I have cleaned it up into a frameable piece, and ordered some samples to test out the process. If you'd be interested in ordering a print for your craft room, please leave me a comment!**
Now go make art!