Today I started painting paper on simple A4 copy paper.
I want to get out of my usual way of painting, but I don’t know how… That is why I took out some very cheap paper to just try out things. I liked th activity very much, but did not have the feeling that I got into something new. There are different possibilities.
a. That is not a problem at all: things will change at their own pace, and if they don’t change it is okay too. And I simply enjoyed playing with paint, markers and crayon – the most important thing: pure joy!
b. Maybe I don’t give myself enough challenges. I could give myself an assignment, that forces me in one or another direction? But I actually don’t like the word ‘force’ in this sentence. Maybe seduce myself in another direction.
If somebody has an idea: it is welcome! 😉
Thanks Dotty, for thinking this over with me. I indeed am planning this sort of thing (nr. 3 and 4). It is funny though, that now after the exhibition, I have difficulties giving myself ‘the right to paint’. As if I have to go back to ‘real work’ right now…. Interesting.
I like today’s experiment, both the idea behind it and what showed up on the page!
My first thoughts in response to your query:
1. Things WILL change at their own pace.
2. If that pace is so slow that you see no change, that is okay, too, as long as you enjoy the creative playtime.
3. If you would like to experiment, to see what might happen if you consciously nudge yourself in new directions, think of the experiment as an invitation, FROM yourself TO yourself.
4. Keep in mind what experiments are, a question and a set of conditions. So, for example, your question might be as simple as ‘what happens if … ‘ and your conditions might be ‘I use only copy paper, acrylics, and bristle brushes for the next four days?’
No matter what, I’ll be visiting your blog : )