Creative Meditation #3: Cast Off Facelifts

The Creativity Creative Meditation is a new project that has grown out of last year’s “Something Beautiful” initiative. It may happen every day or when the spirit moves me.

Why leave changes tracked? I wanted to boldly remind people that creativity is an interative process. A great metaphor for optimists. Nothing is over. Nothing is finished. There is a potential new life for anything.

No, I have not headed heavily into making plastic food formal wear—but what if …

I have been looking at artwork that I completed or didn’t half-heartedly. Pieces that were warm ups for the next one or unfocused, ill-conceived — uninspired. I have been looking at those things differently lately. At first I fully attributed this to watching my friend, Bonnie, progress through experimentation with different multimedia techniques over the last few years. I am still certain that was part of the influence, but further reflection connects it back to 17 years of my evolving watercolor style and returning to oil four years ago.

When I began seriously painting again 17 years ago, my first painting was overworked and   tight. Gradually, the work opened up. I painted more quickly, looser, more transparent and added unselfconscious shape containers drawn with a calligrapher’s sensibility. Over time, I added texture through line and layers of color wash. Eventually, I began to work from transparent to heavy opaque layers of watercolor that resembled guache.

Looking back on oils I painted 40 years ago, even then the work articulates my interest in creating layers that resemble the effect that contemporary multimedia employs. Weight, texture, dimension.

A few weeks ago, I went back to experimenting with pen and ink. Emulating etching, wood block, and sketching. Additional lines and different media brought new  life to floundering cast offs. Last night, I wandered off into more autobiographical drawing inspired by iconography of my daily life and surroundings. Capturing the essence of what fills my life today.  The last creative meditation featured my first rejuvenated watercolor wallflower. Today’s work is another facelift of a mediocre watercolor sketch done in Cortona last September. I’m not sure it is finished. I may lift the colors with Dr. Martens and fill the white tree trunk. It was good to see the painting move from a page I quickly leaf by to something that asks for consideration and deserves appreciation.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Creative Meditation #3: Cast Off Facelifts

  1. Cynthia Armstrong says:

    Love the paintings beautiful, bold facelift Donna, and I’d leave the tree trunk just as it is. Xx let’s talk soon.

    Sent from my iPad


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