“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. ” – Marc Chagall
When I first started painting again, I felt locked into my design sensibility. Everything I created needed to have a purpose. I was placing value on work based on the time I spent creating it, just like I did with design. The break came when I realized the difference between my design work and my art work.
Design has a job to do, and if it doesn’t do it’s job, it has no value. Art is the sum of the experiences attached to it. The artist’s experience creating it, the audience’s experience at a glance or if they study it. It’s a totally different language, that I know I’m nowhere near mastering, and the struggle for me is to assign value based on my own experience.
Two weeks ago, I began a daily art project. My practice is intended to keep me from falling into familiar patterns when I create. If I let too much time pass, then I end up going back to my locked in grid, and I know that I’m capable of more. I have to make a practice of letting the work flow, being present, and not allowing fear of the unknown to hamper my expression or creativity. As part of my daily art project, I’ve been creating small pieces in a tiny sketchbook using a variety of mediums. Watercolor, Prismacolor Markers, india Ink, pencil, and watercolor pencil.
I’m amassing a pile of tiny bits of artwork and I keep wondering what I will do with them in the end, but when I put them together in a group, I see the pathways I’m traveling and I can see that these pieces are all related to each other. The value lies in the journey and in each little step I take in the process of creating.