Like most, I'm a creature of habit waking everyday at 6:30, meandering down the steps in time to drink coffee with Nora, Gayle and Charlie from the CBS Morning show. Two weeks ago Elizabeth Gilbert was on to promote her new book Creative Magic. I was planning my day and was listening half heartily when she started talking about how we all need to be creative and about finding our curiosity and following it. It was time for the next story I went about my day. The following week again being the creature of habit while driving in my car I listen to Eagon and Braude on one of Bostons NPR stations, Elizabeth Gilbert comes on again talking about her book. Sitting in the car I paid closer attention I loved it when she likened creative people to Border Collies we will both find "jobs" or ways to amuse ourselves if not given a job , if not funneled in a constructive direction we will create our own and it isn't always constructive. That is when I laughed out loud how true that is, how true.
I loved how she talked about finding your curiosity, she told the same stories she had when on the CBS Morning show, This time hearing it twice maybe it hit home. I've been bouncing in my creative state, I know I'm a color-field painter. And I look at all the other directions that I paint in. The watercolors, and now the new acrylics influenced by our trip to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
Repeatedly your told if you want to be successful as a "artist" (I call myself a painter ) that your work has to be consistent. If you want to be successful in galleries you can not paint trees one day and the next color-field paintings. You will be seen as a casual painter not a thoughtful one who sees her direction and follows it through.
Elizabeths Gilberts ideas helps me make it fit in my creative restless mind. I will always define myself as a color-field painter. But I need to play with color, I love, love playing in acrylics sitting a french ultramarine blue mixed with white on top of a field of veridian green mixed with a perm rose and white and seeing those colors sing next to each other and watching colors bloom in the watercolor paintings. All that PLAY helps and creates new ideas for my abstract paintings. And I hope makes me a better painter.
On most weekdays I paint at least 4-5 hours a day, that makes a lot of paintings, In years past from all these paintings I would always see one as the painting of the year... a few runners up but one that I saw as the best. This year I've painted a few that would fit as the best. All this Play and feeding the curiosity is working.