I posted with the caption below today on Instagram. I feel like for artists and makers and all creative visual people, Instagram is just the place to be. Lately I've been really inspired by Heather Day. I follow her and I've always liked her work but recently I noticed how differently (at least from the other artists that I follow on Instagram) she talks about her work and her process. Here's an example of what I mean:
I've always been fascinated with layers and I'm trying to think about my abstract painting in a different way, in a way that makes the process more meaningful. It doesn't look like much but I'm pretty excited about all the ideas that came out of painting this today. #yearofcreativehabits #the100dayproject #ihavethisthingwithcolor
It got me thinking about how I approach my abstract painting. Most of the time, I have a photo or an idea that I'm referencing. I'm abstracting an image, breaking it up into shapes and colors. Heather got me thinking...how could I make the process more meaningful? It can be difficult to tell a story with an abstract painting so what if making the painting was a bigger part of the story? This led me to thinking about performance art (which I'm generally not a big fan of) and how the process of painting becomes a performance.
Anyhoo...I feel like I've had some big ideas lately that are going to lead to some abstract paintings that have significant more meaning within the process and I'm pretty excited to get started on those. If I'm truly focusing on process and not product then it makes sense to me that the meaning and the story stem from the process.