We were chatting the other day about how art styles mirror personalities and it made me think of a piece I am working on.
Backstory: I love making plans (probably one reason I find plein air painting difficult: it demands immediate decisions and execution). Whatever it is I enjoy the process of imagining, sketching, laying out and trying different ideas. Doesn't matter if it is a vacation or a painting, I tend to lean towards the same routine.
More backstory: My painting group has a show this summer at the King Center for the Performing Arts themed "Black and White and Read All Over." I've done a few pieces for it but my favorite idea was to be about the demise of the newspaper (the answer to the riddle) and rename it "Black & White and Dead All Over." I wanted to use the black and white of papers and a representation of the press from long ago contrasted with today. My work is at a standstill and this is where we planners experience a slow agony interspersed with panic attacks. Things are not coming along as my plans visualized. Gulp.
I share this because I get the impression that some people think painting is all fun and relaxing...and many times it is. But this junction is not fun....I have to stare at this until a brilliant idea (I'd settle for an average idea at the moment) comes my way and I can finish this up...in two weeks or less!!
P.S. While doing my research on newspapers I discovered that my "clever" name has been used several times. A documentary has been released on the subject that you can read about here.
I believe that art enriches and informs our lives everyday in many positive ways. Sharing those experiences, whether as an artist or as an appreciator, is part of the pleasure. I welcome your comments and hope you find something of value: a laugh, an insight, a new idea or just a happy moment. Enjoy art!