Day 9: Art Resolutions-A second life for the bay leaf garland

Art Resolutions is a 2015 self-imposed charge to create an artistic study each day for a year. Welcome to Day 9.

Over the last year, I’ve gained new insights into the growth or evolution of my art. Sometimes pieces “grow up” quickly, in a sitting. Sometimes they are terrible toddlers, resisting my attempts to discipline their unruly “cowlicks” or inherited bad habits. At their most challenging, they are teenagers thwarting my plans for their future. Those of us who remember anything about growing up, know that those are the times you let them go.

Unlike my children, I have often left those difficult and unsatisfying creations and never returned. Since my last trip to Europe, I’ve been thinking differently. Those troubled pieces from overseas represent settings and a time I cannot easily duplicate. Thinking of them in this way persuaded me to look at them again. Were they really irretrievably flawed? Devoid of merit? No. Several have become lovely experiments in problem solving.

All that said, my bay leaf garland was not a problem child–but rather had more potential. The addition of a background pencil texture matured the original sketch. The effect suggests pine needles, which I like but was totally unintentional. Like real children, this study has provided me unexpected surprises and a dash of pride.
imageArt Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative


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.
This entry was posted in Adventure, Art, Beauty, creative living, Creativity, Design, Graphic Design, Holidays, Philosophy, Poetry and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s