The Fruits of My Labors

Labor’ would be an exaggeration. Painting is a labor of love. It is harder not to create, than it is to let it out. I start to get very antsy if I cannot get into my studio for any length of time. Even if I am not inspired, prepping a canvas, tidying up, or writing in my journal helps me to unwind. I have to admit, that I love the ‘smell’ of art supplies-lol! I guess that is an occupational hazard as my DH loves the smell of jet fuel. The smell of gesso, so pristine and white, and full of possibility, reminds me of long ago art rooms of my school days. I am preparing myself at the same time I am preparing a canvas. It is cleansing. It opens my mind. It allows me to leave problems at the door. It is the first step in the process of creating. I never feel like this is a ‘chore’, it is the anticipation of the next step in my artistic journey.
How do you prepare yourself for your next project? Do you have a favorite step in your process of creating art? I would love to hear from you, so if you want to share a bit of your artistic ritual, please do!
These are scans of part of my finished pieces, ‘Bounty’ and ‘Harvest’. You can see the works in their entirety in my etsy shop.

8 responses

  1. Before my daughter is up for school I have my coffee with my dogs and my computer…once she walks out the door for school I head to the art room and go back to what I was working on the day before or just sit for a bit and almost always something comes to mind to start working on…I love it! I am a total bear if I dont get to create every day! even if its just a sketch or prepping pages in my journal. Have a great day!

  2. I pretty much have the same kind of ritual. I love to sit at night and sketch and imagine what it will look like finished.

  3. You create such beautiful pieces with so much depth and detail. Your ritual suits you well! I can definitely see how you attribute the prepping of the canvas as a sort of cleansing, or rebirth. I don’t know that I really have a ritual just yet in my art ‘career’ but I like to repaper my work surface with new freezer paper, tidy up my paints and brushes and sit with a sketch book after perusing magazines and books for color and visual inspiration for my new pieces. I love laying down gesso..lol..I thought I was the only weird one 😉

  4. Both Bounty and Harvest are wonderful pieces Pam.I hear you on how it feels when you can’t be in your creative space…I begin to feel very out of sorts when it’s lasted longer than a day or two for me.I get this little “kick” when I see something start to come together. I’ll start out with a basic idea but as the pieces, colours, textures and combinations begin to click I get this rush of excitement and I actually do a little dance of joy!

  5. Hi Pam,Love your new art pieces! Thank you for sharing. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Again, thank you for your tutorial on MWO.Sharon

  6. Morning Pam,I am creating my process! This morning I sat in my artroom and invisioned how I want it to be! I don’t have it all together but love sitting in there early, eyes closed, sipping coffee and cuddling with my dog Sophie. If I get all these visions onto paper and my room the way I see it in my mind – WOW – what a space.I’m on my 31 day count down to my dream trip to paint in Key West so know that I will truly start my artistic journey.Dana

All comments are read and greatly appreciated!

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