I'm currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I immediately bought it along with Rising Strong by Brené Brown after listening to this podcast with the two of them. Reading the book has got me noticing and thinking and analyzing my own creative process.
Not that I don't do that all the time but I think it's given me a different outlook on it. Also I think your creative process changes often when you are trying new things, new materials, new subjects, new techniques. You are forced to change and to see what works.
This morning I was reflecting on how one thing has led to another and then to another. So much so, that I think when I look at the "starting" and "ending" points they are very different. So I thought it'd be fun to pull them all together. I worked my way backward from today's painting remembering which painting led to which.
I think my current paintings come from my Fursday series. Because I am committed to painting the same subject every week, I feel like that's where I have made the most progress the fastest. I remember I was reading The Checklist Manifesto and I began making a checklist of the things that were in my process that seemed to be working for me at the time. The biggies on that list were working from a reference photo, having a loose plan, and this graphic style with just a few colors.
So I began to try to apply that style to other subjects like people (Andy Warhol) and then nature. I was also interested at that time about how layers of time show up in nature and art but that's a whole other story.
I got a bit stuck on agates (still am really) and then those led to contour maps and contour lines
which then led me to marbling...
and then marbling paper led to collage....
which then brought me back to painting. And of course there were hundreds of other influences along the way like how my neighbor is painting her house white and how this piece relates to the geometric series that I've also been working on. The interconnectedness of everything is just fascinating to me today. I'm excited to see where this little experiment in collage takes me in my paintings, perhaps even more layers? more text? who knows! The biggest lesson in it for me is to just keep making stuff!