Monday, February 19, 2007

How I work


My friend C. dropped by yesterday; I wasn't expecting her, but as often happens, the right people come by just when you need them. We talked about a lot of things and I gained a lot of clarity. A chance meeting some 10 years ago brought her into my life, and I've been grateful for her ever since.

At one point we were discussing how I create something every day, and I told her that many are surprised that I can do that. And as we talked about it, I realized that it's probably because I don't "think" about it doing it -- I don't analyse, examine, agonize -- I just do it. This doesn't mean everything I make is good art, because it isn't, but the point is, I keep going.
There are times, of course, when I don't make anything, but I don't label it, I don't call it a "block." I roll with it; it's nature's way of telling me to take a break. It may sound "mindless" but I believe it's because I work intuitively. I don't judge myself or the process; I judge my work only when it's finished. And that judgment is based only on what my eyes tell me.
Here's to a really good week!

7 comments:

  1. Love that piece, especially the colours! And like you creating something every day, I write something every day without thinking too much about it. Somedays I know what I'm going to write about; other times it's completely unexpected. I'm much more productive writing since I started the blog - before that I'd do anything to avoid writing until the last minute (deadlines).

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  2. ok, so when are YOu going to be teaching.. and WHERE ? cause I am enrolling in your class. I would send you near demented, I am sure :)

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  3. I came by way of Ms. Robyn and I see that you are a neighbor of mine I live west of you Oakville..and I'm a Libra! LoVe your art!
    Nature is my thing I LoVe to blog about! Nice meeting you! NG

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  4. i admire how you live your life as an artist.

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  5. Needed to hear this tonight. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. One of my goals for 2007 is to create something each day. I've missed a few but like you I think it's just me needing time off. And my things are definitely not all good but I have fun doing them. I think that's what matters to me.

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  7. Oh, I adore this piece Colette!!!
    Such a beautiful combination of colors.

    Like you I try to create art every day and don't judge my work. It is about trusting your intuition isn't it? And the artistic process.

    Love you

    Dotee xoxo

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