I was sitting at my table yesterday and I pulled out some scraps of paper from some work I’d done months earlier. I was going to use them to experiment in techniques for my new series. The thing is, the minute I ripped a piece I decided to glue it down. And then I just kept going in quick succession. Rip and glue. Rip and glue. Eventually I had a rough collage on the page. I mixed some red, black and white acrylic into matte medium and applied a wash of color over it and called it done. I have to tell you, it was exhilarating! It was this wonderful escape from thinking so hard about the “right” way to approach the series I am starting. It was freeing and fun. I wasn’t worried about the outcome, the point was just to – DO IT. It felt so good that I did another. I took the leftover paint and slathered it over an empty tracing paper roll. I rolled that over a third page. It felt great.
Okay, so I’ve heard about doing a warm-up exercise before you start working. I used to consider the postcards that I put together as my warm-up. But I never really grasped the concept. I’ve been having trouble getting started on my new series. I’m frozen with too many ideas. But I’ve found that art is like writing. The hardest thing to do, sometimes, is start. The warm-up got me moving. It got me working where I hadn’t been for days. I realize that I just have to do something to get started and once I’m started the work will flow. I’ve posted the pieces below. Yes, they aren’t amazing. They don’t need to be, they were a means to a start.