Welcome to the October 2010 edition
of the Newsletter.
Getting the Newsletters started again
has proved trickier than expected, what with summer holidays, some
family hiccups, illnesses and moving into a new studio (more below).
At least the wait for this one was only 5 months rather than 10.
However, the intention is there to get these newsletters back to
a monthly occurence. Thank you for your patience.
So, coming up in this newsletter:
Revisting old work
Video of "...one I made earlier"
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As ideas began to flow for my new project, "Acceptable
Flesh", I thought a blog could be a useful tool. I can use
it like an online journal - a place to scribble ideas, inspirations
and insights as they occur to me, in the form of single lines, interesting
images or even small essays.
As well as needing less planning and preparation,
the blog has the added advantage of allowing people to comment and
feed back to me almost instantly.
However, don't worry - I don't see the blog as replacing
the Newsletter, but as complimentary.
It is still early days, and posts will become more
frequent once I settle in with it. But do take the time to take
a look, perhaps leave a comment and bookmark for future developments:
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While it has been wonderful to have a room
set aside in our house for me to use as a studio these past few
years, it has not always been the ideal working environment. Quite
simply, the domestic world is too close, too intrusive, and not
particularly respectful of the artist's space.
However, when WASPS (Workshop and Artists'
Studio Provision Scotland) converted 2 adjoining buildings into
15 studios and workshops of various sizes, in the nearby town of
Kirkcudbright, I thought this could be exactly what I needed.
I was successful in my application and managed
to secure the one room I really wanted - it has 2 large georgian
windows and is south facing. The light is just wonderful. If you
would like to see a couple of photos of the space, then visit my
blog post, "A
studio of my own".
Bits and pieces are still being moved in, but
already I have begun working there, and feel both a contentment
and an excitement each time I step into my new studio.
It's been a long time. And yes indeed
much too long for my "regular" monthly newsletter to you.
Because it's been a big gap again, it's led me to
reflect on how often creative work doesn't always seem to flow so
sweetly. We start a project only to abandon it feeling that it just
isn't going the way we envisaged at the beginning.
And yet it is the keeping on going, in spite of the
difficult bits, that allows creativity to flourish.
Rather than feeling that we've failed yet again to
capture the unique something that we could picture so clearly in
our heads, we might instead choose to focus on the ability to experiment
and change. No effort will be wasted.
Return to abandoned work and try viewing and reviving
it with a fresh eye! New work may develop out of the old.
Revisit once tried techniques and materials. Who
knows where they will lead as time has passed?
If you keep sketchbooks, take time to trawl through
them. Re-experience the moment when you had that noteworthy idea.
Remind yourself of old inspirations. Something fresh may appear
from this reconnection.
I think it's important to maintain some kind of continuity
even if it feels haphazard and interrupted.
Creativity comes out of experimentation. "Mistakes"
will happen. But this is all part of the development process. There
are infinite ways of "getting it right".
With the notion of revisiting past work in
mind, I thought it might be interesting to look again at some of
my earlier pieces in the video this month.
Video of ...One I Made Earlier
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