It's revealing thursday again!
As I posted last week, here's another of one of my "before" and "after" artworks.
Back in March 2010, I created two mixed media pieces. Below is the first
one titled "Time to Dress Up" which I previously posted about here.
Ironically, the second canvas below, titled "It's A Wrap" and previously posted here, left me with a lingering feeling that something was needed but I couldn't quite identify what it was.
I was so happy with my vintage photo " find" from Pippin's, and thought I picked the perfect place for it. But as time went by, I had an inner nagging feeling that she didn't fit in with the rest of the canvas's design. I wasn't too sure if it was because the woman in the photo wasn't one of my own family members or that her expression looked a bit distant and didn't generate the warmth that I had wanted to convey.
Whatever the reason, I wasn't connecting with her so it was time to go back to the drawing board where I created my revised work titled,
"It's Really A Wrap" below. As you can see, I removed the photo and added thread spools that my grandfather used more than 50 years ago as a shoe stitcher in New York, various pins, needles, lace binding and a thimble.
"It's Really a Wrap" is now back up again on my wall and I can happily say- mission accomplished!
Art is an expression of us — our thoughts, ideas, visions and silent conversations we have with the world around us. Just as we change our minds and/or alter our opinions, we can do the same with our creations. Have you ever had artwork that you felt you should change but didn't, or something you wanted to say to someone but couldn't or felt you shouldn't, or wanted to do something-but didn't?
What are all the forces that stop us from doing what our instincts tell us to do? What is that magical voice within us that guides both our creativity and our lives which enables us to make the choices we do?
Take risks, experiment-refrain from self criticism if the end result is not what you planned or envisioned.
In as much as we can create works of art, I believe we ourselves are incredible works of art-with the ability to connect deeply, resonate and evoke the most incredible emotion from those that come into contact with us.