Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waves of Creativity


Inspiration, like anything, can sometimes wax and wane.  There are times in my art journey where I am overwhelmed with inspiration for journal pages, classes, or art pieces, then there are times when I simply have nothing.  Trying to be true to my style, even when I feel squashed by insecurity and tiredness, is paramount to my journey.  To create art of any kind is like exposing a deeply personal part of ourselves for the world to see, and thanks to the internet, for the world to pass judgement on. It's not always easy!



Taking time out from my class preparation and the like this past few weeks, I've found myself creating art for art sake.  Of course, it's also given me space to think about this journey I am on and where I hope it will lead.  But, I made a decision a long time ago to base everything I do on authenticity. It has got to be fun, exciting, and energizing or I simply can't do it.



This art journey of mine started with a genuine desire to learn, grow, and share my creative expression. But like anything, there are times when it's not always smooth sailing so to speak.  Finding balance, maintaining priorities, and pushing forward, all at the same time sometimes seems overwhelming.



As I look around and my art community and followers I see so much talent, so much inspiration.  Sometimes I feel crippled by my own lack of talent or originality, or I feel intimidated by other teachers and other students. But there are times when I feel so grateful for the support and encouragement I receive, so thrilled by a picture that has turned out better than I expected.  But art is who I am, it is what is inside me, and its what I will always do.



As I have journeyed in Australia, I've been able to think a lot about where I am going and what I am doing. I've sat in gardens with my sketchbook, on trains, beside lakes, and on the beach.  What has evolved hasn't always been pretty, or easy, or inspiring, but its been fulfilling.  For every page I photograph and post about here, there are 5 pages that I don't show.


This page was done as I sat watching the rolling surf on one of Australia's many spectacular beaches this past week.  I felt overwhelmed with a desire to capture the beauty of the scene, but paralyzed by my inability to capture it realistically.  These are the times when I usually put my book away with the resignation of defeat.  But not this time. This time I decided to focus on the colors instead of the form.  I allowed myself to plunge into the energy of the scene around me, the pounding waves, the glistening sun on the warm sand, the movement of the water, the rumble of the spray in the wind.


I look at this page now and I see and feel exactly that moment on the beach.  Isn't that what art journaling and sketchbooks are all about?

Thanks for checking in xx

19 comments:

  1. This may not be "realistic" in your eyes, but as I view it, it is beautiful. I love the way you captured the rolling of the waves and all the colors of the sea on a beautiful day. This is exactly what a sketchbook and art journaling are for! Thanks for being brave and sharing. I bet you'd be surprised by how the other five would be received. We are always our own worst critic.

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  2. Just gorgeous, Dion. I love how you write what I'm feeling as an artist, too. You helped me to feel less alone!

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  3. Back in 2005 I visited Australia which had been my dream since childhood. With this painting you brought me right back. I love the way it looks! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. It amazes me to read from artist's I admire that they feel just as I do, inadequate in the face of other's talent. I look at your work, Dion, and wish I had your vision, your way of seeing things. You simplify your subject to something accessable to the viewer. You add your heart to your work and it shows. I want to access that in my own work. I can draw realistic things but I'm having trouble with more whimsical stuff.
    I just am in LOVE with your waves. The colors and undulation of the brush strokes. The way you added depth! WOW Dion. Really brilliant, and that you concored your fear of reality and did it your way. Good going, girl!
    Best,
    Jenn of www.justaddwatersilly.com

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  5. I love the energy and motion in these pages, love the colors too. I do hope you are enjoying your vacation.

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  6. Great art piece and words. I am grateful for your inspiration and often wish I could make art that looks like yours. :-)

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  7. This is seriously beautiful--color and form!

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  8. girrrrrl, you have just blown my mind! Really....the depth, the layering, the colors, the movement...ALL of it....is just amazing. Then your heart felt words spoken so eloquently, so real....so close to "home" in every artist's heart is truly breathtaking. thank you for being brave in not only sharing your work, but your soul as well. Kudos mate! have a blast in australia!

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  9. Beautiful waves! It clearly shows what you were feeling when you painted it. And that's all that matters.

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  10. Dion, I absolutely love your use of colour in your work. I stop by your blog specially for inspiration so please know all your experiments ripple out into our work as well...how's that for continuing the waves of creativity! Looking forward to joining you in 21 Secrets.

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  11. I felt overwhelmed with a desire to capture the beauty of the scene, but paralyzed by my inability to capture it realistically.

    This happens to me ALL THE TIME!! This post really resonates with my thoughts this week. I have (for the first time in my life) been shy about sharing my projects. I have just recently started experimenting with twinks and my lack of drawing skill is a constant frustration, so I have just been doing simple pages--washes with a few other elements added in. When I do draw, I think "A first grader could do better!"

    I downloaded an eBook on art journals and one of the pages has the words on it "Be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to love your work" I pinned it to my bulletin board and have been thinking about it a lot.

    Your work here has inspired me to WANT to be better rather than just accept my inadequacies of portraying on paper (or whatever medium) what I have conjured up in my imagination. Thank you for sharing, even if it is only 1/6 of your pages. Thanks also for saying that you are private about some of your work too. :)
    tm

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  12. The movement, the blending of colors, the sharpness of a line but softness of a curve; you've done amazing work here and it's always so surprising to me that such seemingly simple shapes can be made into a piece of such depth and interest by a person with talent - which you clearly have! This painting makes it clear you're having a great time in AU; thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. I have had one of those weeks when it seems as though everyone else has it together and I have no clue... think we all have them and I am so happy and relieved that you suffer from that on occasion, because it means even people I really admire have their moments, and that is a relief, and so I have signed up for Twinks and I am going to fuel up on chocolate rabbits and play all day...thanks for the lift...xx

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  14. This is just pure divine! I love it!

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  15. Absolutely that's what its about! It reminds you of a place, time and feeling - and if it resonates with anyone else - that's a bonus! xx

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  16. This is stunning Dion. I love it. Wow xxxx

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  17. Your waves are perfectly dreamy. I'm so glad you didn't put your sketchbook away and instead captured the scene 'your way'. I look at your work and sigh 'geez, why can't I have a signature style like that'. I'm feeling more and more the need to settle into my own style - just wish I knew what that was. So bravo!

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  18. I LOVE this... hope you don't mind if I give this a try in my journal... I'm trying to stretch myself and do some new things... You have inspired me.

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  19. Divine - it has so much dimension - I feel the need to reach out and run my hand over those waves :)

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