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CREATIVE MAGIC

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

09/02/06 to 16/02/06

Tree on wood & plaster 1Immediately before producing the first in the series of tree collages, there is really no indication of what is about to happen and yet suddenly something does. It is tempting to think that the collage comes out of nowhere but instead it is the result of the mysterious creative magic that happens when I am able to get out of my own way:

I experiment with different ideas, I paint trees on plaster, I cut up printed photos into triptychs,

I got out all my tree prints and spread them out on the floor and had a good muse. then I trimmed the small ones and stuck them in my sketchbook and gave each one a name, some of them two. Then I tried a ‘‘ concept’ charcoal exploring my response to the trees and very quickly I began to feel that I didn’t want a plain white background so I looked in a magazine and found an off-white texture and stuck that in my sketchbook and inked some branches in over that…

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I prepared one sheet in my sketchbook with plaster and three little wooden panels with a different texture on each one. I thought I would try some tree shapes over the textures… Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro-Blog part 9: In Search Of The Enchanted Forest

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

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I am printing out my tree photos and trying to imagine what it is I am going to do with them. I even wonder if the photos are enough in themselves and I shouldn’t be trying to make them into a basis for something else.

I realise that the response the trees evoke in me is not necessarily what others see and to convey that must be my quest. I write,

What I have to do is to learn/find/discover a way to make people see what I see – not just a bare tree on a winter’s morning but a pattern like lace or the interconnections in the human lung…The fascinating complexity of pattern…the individuality of each structure and formation… Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro-Blog part 8: The Tree Series Finally Takes Root

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The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

I had been spending a lot of time doing abstract concept drawings and had begun to feel that although working that way allowed me to “express power, movement, light, perspective, texture…” it was too raw a way of working that revealed more of my inner emotions than I was comfortable with in terms of work I would show to other people. I decide to keep on working on them – as I was determined not to censor what evidently needed to come out – but to temper them with working on something quite different. Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro-Blog part 7: Would The Real Me Please Stand Up?

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

Concept Drawing 04/02/07

Despite my revelations about the Censor, I was still struggling to make sense of how to get more structure into my work and how to give it direction:

On 04/02/06, I wrote,

I want to work hard instead of dissipating my days…I want to see myself achieve something tangible…The problem with my artwork is that is has no boundaries. Every day I can do any subject, any size, in any media and work on it for as long or short as I want. No wonder I don’t know which direction to go in. I need parameters… Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro-Blog part 6: The Censor

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

GuitarIn my journal of 01/02/06, I want to start working with the tree photos I took whilst back in the UK but find myself facing resistance at the prospect of returning to work:

‘I must print out some of the tree photos and pin them up in my studio…as first act in nursing my creativity back to health after its pre-xmas bruising. I will NOT U TURN! I’ve hit this spot so many times before and I won’t allow myself to fall at the same hurdle again. I must – I will – keep picking myself up and dusting myself down and resuming once again.

I think one of the problems with my artwork is that when I get stuck I try to intellectualize an answer but that really doesn’t work because my left brain does not have the answers to these sorts of questions, only the right brain – and therefore the act of creating – can resolve the dilemmas.

I was re-reading yesterday in the Artist’s Way about The Censor. It occurs to me that The Censor might just as well be my left brain in this case. Read the rest of this entry »

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A map of my life: Retro-Blog 5

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

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On 26/01/06 I wrote,

I dreamt last night that E was asking me if I really wanted to move? In reply, I described my life to her in a drawn map that took the form of a circle. The circle was big and empty and only in a small corner huddled some smaller circles containing the parts of my current life and my artwork. Read the rest of this entry »

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Imprisoned early and left to rot: Retro-Blog 4

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

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By the next day (24/01/06) I find I have
had a good talk with X‘ and ‘Plucked up the courage to tell her that I didn’t want to show her my work and how I felt I had been deeply, aversely affected by having had to show to so many people lately.Read the rest of this entry »

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