Threads of Creativity

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. 

 My new neutral series in progress

My new neutral series in progress

 Translating the wet-in-wet ink technique  to a canvas, this time using soft botanical forms. 

Translating the wet-in-wet ink technique  to a canvas, this time using soft botanical forms. 

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!