Making art is a journey. Although most of my paintings begin with an initial concept, they rarely, if ever turn out as initially planned. Creativity is an adventure; It takes dedication, and a willingness to go with the flow, following the twists and turns wherever they may take you. Recently, as I was brainstorming new lesson ideas for my elementary art students, I came across the following project idea:
While this project is a compilation of a kindergarten class' halloween cat projects, it reminded me of cats looking through a window. With this concept in mind, I launched into a new painting, beginning with nine yellow boxes on my canvas. After finishing the boxes, I could go no further...for two days. I began to experience the uncertainty and fear that I was making a mistake. Perhaps this was not a good idea for a painting after all. I was at a crossroads: Should I paint over the boxes and start over, or should I continue on the current path to see where it might lead?
This often happens during the process of creativity; There are moments in which you, as the creator, must make a decision that will effect the outcome of your creation. After two days at the crossroads, I finally committed to seeing this painting through to its end. After all, I could always paint over the canvas later in the process. After I made this decision to continue on the journey, the ideas seemed to flow freely, and the painting was complete within a few days.
So, next time you are facing a difficult decision: whether to throw in the towel or stick to your guns and see a project to its finish, be brave; See your journey to its end. Although it can be scary, finishing what you start can be more rewarding than the product itself.
Welcome to the whimsical world of Tara Pappas' mixed media art! Thank you for stopping by to view samples of my work and read a little about my adventures as an artist. I am always looking for new ways to connect and grow as an artist, so would love to hear from you if you have any questions or interests in a particular piece. I hope that my work brings you inspiration and joy!
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