Sunday, January 10, 2010
Broken Brushes, Healing & Dreams
Since I am a silk painter and am only experimenting with oil paints I have been using really cheap brushes on this self portrait I am working on. Last week two of them broke a day apart from each other so I went to Zephyr Designs to buy some brushes. I still didn’t go for the expensive ones because I am not sure where this oil painting experiment is going. I also ordered an easel and tilting painters stool online from Dick Blick that I hope will help me deal with the pain flares that I am getting when I am working on this painting. Unfortunately the easel is on back order until February 15.
All of this reminded me that I am really feeling blessed by this economic slowdown (It took a year of freaking out and fighting it before I reached this conclusion). If my painting and print sales were still as high as they were a couple of years ago I would still be pushing myself further and further away from the more soulful/reflective work that I have been desiring to do for years. I have noticed that since I have taken a break from producing work specifically to sell I am having more artistic visions and dreams, like the breaking point collage idea stemming from the broken brushes. The night before last I had a dream with a strong visual in it and I sketched it out with markers. It is the silhouette of a strange duck headed figure sitting by a pool with a red sky, trees and full moon reflected in the pool. I haven’t tried to analyze it, I am just allowing it to be birthed. I think I will also try playing around with this image in oils and see what evolves as I receive the gifts this slowdown in sales has given to me.