Friday, April 13, 2012

Spoon Over Two


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Next I will be posting some non-still life things. I haven't posted much about my "break" because it has turned into something I didn't expect, and because it's been hard. "Ha," you think, "how could a break be hard?" It's hard because as soon as I got back to still life I found myself very quickly back in the same rut I was in before, and still not truly enthusiastic about what I was doing. At first I wracked my brain for how to "fix" this problem, and/or what else I could do. But I am finding that trying to think my way out of a creative jam is fruitless. So my new approach is to calm down, wait, get bored, and be open to new things. And keep painting, but only when and what I feel like. I have also realized that this is very personal process. I've gotten a lot of advice and suggestions from others, and while I appreciate the intention, I've realized that I'm the only one who can help me. That said, I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for all the support over the years, and especially now! You all have been so patient with me and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Thank you.

20 comments:

JanettMarie said...

Good luck : )

Marty Mason said...

You may be bored with your work Carol....but I'm not.

Julie Douglas said...

Hi Carol
don't worry, forgive yourself. It's normal. (Like as if THAT helps!) I must say that, no matter how it felt doing them, your more recent paintings are looking fresher. So at least THEY'RE enjoying your break! You've had a lot of changes girly. Let them catch up.
Best thoughts

Julie Douglas, Ireland xxxx
ps - when it happened to me, I worked in a new medium and changed the scale. And joined a choir...!

Gloria said...

Hi Carol, I have a friend who will be in Sedona for your workshop in May. I know she will love you like we all do. Going in new directions is healthy and fun..although sometimes scary. You go girl!

Kathleen said...

Your fans will all still love you no matter what you do!

You've worked really hard, have had some HUGE changes in your life and you deserve time to do whatever you want to do... or to not do whatever you don't want to do.

BTW, the complimentary colors in this one are stunning!

silentwitness said...

First, the painting is totally delicious! The cups swam to the top of the painting like fish vying for food on the water's surface! Your composition and color scheme are brilliant (as usual). While I really can't tell what you are going through, I hope you know that I feel your angst and reviewed your DPW Gallery today. Your body of work is totally astounding. It blows me away. I hope, pray and beg that you never give up painting!

Dave Froude said...

All the best and Good luck with your battle Carol, sounds like a good plan to me.

Dave

Deltra Powney said...

Ah, this is the post I have been waiting for. Over the years you are so open to sharing everything you know, that I have been very grateful for. Now, you are sharing a transition you are in, It is here I am learning the most. The "break" I am witnessing isn't a " taking time away for bit to regroup". What I see is the struggle of the "break" away from what doesn't make your heart break fast anymore. Thank you...

Thank you for allow us all to witness your journey, as I am sure in some way shape or form, we all can relate somehow.

Marie-Lyne said...

In the words of Jean Paul Sartre: "Everything has been figured out, except how to live". Whatever, whenever you have something to show: paintings, earrings, monsters etc. It's a treat! Thank you and you will figure it out.

Linda Popple said...

Each of us has our own path. Your new path will be evident when the time is right. I think it is smart to paint when you want and what you want. I think it is part and parcel of the journey. Just a thought from an old philosopher. :-)

Chris Cartert said...

This time is a gift to you. I am smiling, knowing that a giant leap is ahead for you though the new plateau is now invisible. When I read posts like this, I stop worrying about you.

cissy said...

Creating art is lonely business.....only you can paint what you feel or want to convey, and you do it beautifully and with tremendous grace and a generous spirit!

You know what they say a tremendous burst of creativity follows a lull. Think you are taking the right approach.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald said...

Carol I think it is great that you are being patient and listening to your inner voice. Sometimes our travels in life just have to be travelled solo. Thanks for all you have shared of yourself! Love the colors in this one--they remind me of Spring! Sending warm wishes for your creative journey!

Dottie Leatherwood said...

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! You hit the nail on the head ...You are truly the only one that knows what you need. You go girl!

Jennifer Koach said...

Always love your unexpected compositions.

SamArtDog said...

Be a little excited about what's around the corner. You may not know what it is, but for sure it's something new!

Delilah said...

Love this painting, the color of the cups the way your eye moves through it.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

You are creative, happy and healthy. You are also smart. You listened to your inner voice when you discovered the way you wanted to paint, and each development along that path. I can't wait to see what is next.
I do know it will be perfect for you.

Virginia Floyd said...

What a wonderful composition. Your unique touch!

I'm so sorry you are suffering right now. You had two huge stressful events in your life--first the fire and then the move. It's no wonder you are having these feelings. You really should relax and give yourself time to rejuvenate and heal. It may not come quickly, but it will come. You have earned some vacations!

Marcia said...

From your "Spoon over Two" blog - "....trying to think my way out of a creative jam is fruitless."
Might I remind you that JAM is never fruitless?? ;)

You'll find your way out - and in the meantime, we'll all continue enjoying the fruit. ;)