How much value do you place on freedom in your creative practice?
Have you given yourself the space and permission to explore new ideas? To follow a creative thread to see where it leads.
A few months ago I pressed pause on commission work to give myself more space. Space to go completely and unashamedly off brief. I used to get frustrated at myself for getting off track, getting swept up in a side project instead of the main project but now I try to remain as open as possible to diversions.
I love following a creative thread to see where it takes me. When I do this, I am listening to my inner wisdom, allowing my deepest creative desires to lead the way. I know that this is where the magic is.
This only happened to me the other day. I was working on a new series on paper, playing with ink and water, making soft round shapes. Enjoying the delicate sheerness of the work, when I started wondering if I could translate what I was doing to my canvas work.
Suddenly there was a thread, I could see a connection. What if I used ink and water on top of one of my acrylic abstract paintings? What if I allowed the ink to be transparent and delicate. It was late at night but the spark was there so I pulled out an old painting, an abstract background I created last year and I started playing with a wet-in-wet ink technique on top of the canvas. I introduced a soft and sheer botanical image to the abstract design and the potential got me really excited.
I love these threads between my work. One piece inevitably leads me to another. Sometimes the connection is obvious, sometimes it is subtle but it's always there. I know that there is no end to the thread, just endless opportunities to play and explore. What a blessing that is!