Congratulations to Cat Bennett, author of the encouraging and inspiring book, “Making Art a Practice,” which has just won a gold medal from Foreword Reviews, the go-to indie book review for libraries and bookstores.
One of the main understandings nourished in me by this book is that we all have our own expression and vision within us, and we have only to engage with them to find them. One of my favorite things about the writing in this book, as well as in Cat Bennett’s previous book, “The Confident Creative,” is the soothing and matter of fact approach to opening one up to their own creative energies.
See Forward Reviews’ review.
If you haven’t been to Cat’s The Company of Artists Facebook page, I encourage you to visit. It’s a great resource for connecting with the ideas and works of artists around the world.
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Not that I’m ever short on ideas or inspiration, but sometimes it’s fun to experiment with something off your beaten path and see what happens. I make art with my computer a lot, painting in Photoshop with my Wacom electronic pen and pad. Sometimes I use it to make free hand designs, and sometimes to paint over my own scanned drawings, collages and photographs.
Recently an artist friend was visiting me in Boston. She has made a lot of digital images herself in recent years, but the two of us were up for some hands-on art making. We went to my studio together, and while she got engrossed in painting in her sketchbook, I puttered around with some new rubber alphabet stamps and an inkpad. I tried to get through imprinting the entire alphabet on paper without the ink around the letter touching the paper. No such luck!
Next I drew several designs with colored pencils, but the truth is I was itching to get on my computer – I love drawing and painting with my electronic pen. But I made myself do something other then get on my Mac.
I cut some shapes out of black paper. Some were organic shapes and others were straight lines. Then I laid them on a white background and kept moving them around. I loved the images I got from them. They reminded me of architecture, of books, and of seeds. I didn’t glue the pieces of black paper down. Instead, I took photographs of each image before moving the pieces of paper around to make a new design. And now, FINALLY, I have gotten onto Photoshop and created a little montage (see above) of the images! Really, how could I resist?
Any artists out there reading this? Do you ever stray from your usual artistic practice or medium, just to see things a little differently? Tell me about it. I’d love to know.
Images above property of Paula Ogier.
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