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.
Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative