Spring is such a beautifully messy season! Some of you may have already witnessed the new plant life emerging--bright green, hopeful sprouts, emerging through the soil, stretching towards the sunshine....only to be stopped in their tracks by a freak freeze/snowstorm/hailstorm/etc. Like I said, Spring can be messy. But, despite the set-backs/hurdles, new life emerges...and it's beautiful.
So, in honor of Spring, I thought I'd take a moment to talk about my messy creative process! As many of you know, my paintings typically begin with a foundation of book pages, collaged over the surface. But even before that, there has to be an idea, or a series of ideas. Ideas always begin in an artist's head, which then have to be translated from dream to reality (sketch/rough draft). Once it exists, the idea then has to be translated to whatever medium the artist wants to use in order to transform their rough sketch into a finished work. If you've ever attempted to transfer an idea from your head to your hands, you know that this process can be incredibly messy (and, frustrating!)--and more often than not, the concept you had in your head is NOT what ends up in your finished product.
Since my work adds the extra dimension of words, a portion of my messy, rough draft stage also involves selecting text to go with my image. Once I have my idea translated into a rough draft "sketch" (usually a thumbnail sketch), I then go through a second round of transformation--transferring my tiny sketch onto the actual panel, covered with book pages. This process almost always results in even MORE changes to the original plan in my head (i.e. My thumbnail sketch wasn't the same proportions as my canvas, the position I planned to have my characters in doesn't look quite right, etc.).