Look where I have been for 5 nights...Poipu. Oh my, what a great little getaway we had. Jack surprised me for my birthday since he knew we were due for a little rest time in our cabana. We haven't been for a few years, so I was as ready as he was.
I did some sketching and photo taking, but the most important thing that happened was that I made some decisions regarding me and my art.
After reading Niya Sisk's book Seducing the Muse: Get Unstuck with a Creative Love Affair, I have decided to commit more time to creating everyday. So as of September 1. (when 30 in 30 begins, and when I will be done reorganizing my studio space) I will be in my studio without interruption from 7 to 10 am everyday: no phone calls, no texting, no Facebooking, etc.
Niya's book is an excellent sharing of her process in gathering her muse and shutting out her critic. In learning from her, I was able to get to a very filed-away part of my brain and remember that I had been touched by my muse, Goldie, way back in Tennessee while visiting my daughter. Inviting the muse has now become a priority for me in the process of creating my art.
Also in Poipu I discovered a painter who works in heavy heavy texture and high contrast color, Spar Street. His composition wasn't his focus as much as these two art aspects. So my new plan is that I will begin with a limited palette, several values of each color; my second priority will be the textures I wish to use. Layer by layer I will create in glazes, and washes utilizing different mediums such as pastes, gesso, and glosses, etc. Somewhere in the process, composition and possibly line will be considered.
Yay! So to recap, 1) reorganize studio space, 2)begin uninterrupted studio time everyday from 7 to 10am as of 9/1, 3)invite my muse, Goldie, into my art space, 4) paint in the manner of Spar Street.