Wow, it has been so long since I last posted that the formatting window and tools are completely different. My intention of posting weekly has dwindled to monthly... I admire so many artists who consistently produce - and post - amazing, fabulous work. This is what I would really like to know: do you work daily or have a routine? What adjustments and sacrifices do you make to ensure adequate studio time? If you're creating and living with a chronic illness, how does that impact your output?
Durng the past couple of months most all my creative time was spent on a mixed-media book that incorporates a poem I wrote. It was a birthday gift for my dear friend and pastor, Woody Berry.
I used puzzle pieces (8" square) that I found in children's board books on the bargain rack a few years ago. Each was missing a piece and since I've always loved puzzle pieces I had them in my stash awaiting the right opportunity.
The entire process was joyful - intuitive and free from whiny, insecure self-doubt, even when running into multiple problems that ultimately led to creative solutions. Like binding. I hadn't considered how the multiple layers of paint, texture, fabric, metal, buttons, trim, sticks and twine and other assorted embellishments would stack up. So of course I didn't plan for a 5-page book to be several inches thick. After drilling holes I used bead chain with scraps of lace, ribbon, fabric and trim tied in knots along the spine for stability.
Woody was most pleased with the end result and I already miss working on it!