Monday, April 30, 2012

Finding Your Muchness...

Sometimes it seems like making art is all about the journey. I am constantly being inspired and influenced by some new style or technique. I am all over the board, trying to find a look that I can grow with. I realize that, as I mature as an artist, I will need to settle into something that works for me. Something that gives me the chance to create the impression I want, to invoke the feelings I want, yet still have the essential ME for all to see. This is difficult to do, as a new artist. Learning is copying, to some extent, it must be at first. But after you learn, you must go on to find the YOU inside the new style or technique.

                                     “You used to be much more..."muchier." You've lost your muchness.” 
― Lewis Carroll 

Sometimes life gets in the way of this discovery. It is a rare person indeed, who can spend their days discovering their unique self and doing nothing else. There are children, jobs, housework, gardens and other responsibilities. They draw us away from the search, and use up our passions and creativity. I am trying to stop that, trying to rearrange my life to make my art a priority. It isn't easy, and it would help if I could be more than one person. But I am just me and this isn't Wonderland. Time keeps moving along at a steady pace, pretty much in a forward motion, with no sympathy for my inability to organize my day.


“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” 
― Lewis Carroll

I have never been good with schedules, and it seems my life is chock full of parallel priorities. But I am working on it, and I am finding my muchness again...and this time, I'm not letting it go...

The art work above is a new technique for me. It is a page from the play Romeo and Juliet printed in German. This I bonded to a sheet of watercolor paper, then applied acrylic paint with a brayer. After this was dry, I sketched the details, then painted them in with more acrylic paints. I highlighted the sketching using a permanent pen...I think I love this new look! I used a snippet of this background to create my twig inchie as well...


The theme for Every Inchie Monday this week is "twig";

to see the others, please click here!
 

29 comments:

  1. My goodness, didn't realize that was an "inchie" twig; it speaks with such strength! Love it, and thanks for the "Inchie Link". I wish I could do more of this, you painters are temptresses to us jewelers, LOL!

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    1. Ah, but moonseazen, many inchie artists work with beads, they being so little and all! Don't let that hold you back, bead something tiny! Thanks for commenting, glad you were tempted...

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  2. Great post - I haven't made inchies in a long time, but they sure are fun! Fun to make, fun to see, and fun to get! nancy

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    2. I am glad you liked the post, Nancy. Inchies are a blast, maybe you could get back into making them and come join us!

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  3. LOVE your artwork, wonderful words of wisdome and the quotes are just awesome.
    "you've lost your muchness"... too funny. We can ALL relate to this...
    thanks for making me smile. xoxo

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    1. When I heard that quote again last night, I nearly cried, it hit so close to home. I think we all have experienced losing our "muchness" and it is difficult to find again. I guess now days they call it your mojo, but I like Lewis Carroll much better than modern lingo...Glad to share a smile with you, pauline!

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  4. “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” - I so needed to hear this today. I need to slow down, focus and accomplish.

    Great post! :)

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    1. I fall into this trap over and over again, I should just get a t-shirt printed! I am happy this quote struck a cord with you, Single Stone Studios, I think we all have this in common, and can learn from one another...Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Love your little twiglet and I LOVE Lewis Carroll. You have not lost YOUR muchness!

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    1. Thank you rtquilter, that is a nice thing to hear! I have lost it, but I am finding again, and it is so worth the search! I love Lewis Carroll as well, I think it may be time to reread some of the classics again!

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  6. I love your inchie. I think it's a great interpretation.

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    1. Thank you MorningAJ, glad you like it!

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  7. I enjoyed this blog entry, your art, and your intropection out there for all of us to read. Thank you!!!!!! Oh, and your inchie, too.........

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    1. You are most welcome, ncurryartiste! I am so glad you enjoyed my post, I think it is important to share this journey with others who are going through the same difficulties. That way we can all learn from each other! Thanks for commenting...

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  8. Hi Sally,
    I love your new technique. The inchie is wonderful. I hope you will finde your YOU in your art. Just go on!

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    1. Thank you Trillian, I think I'm getting closer! I am glad you like the new style, looking forward to exploring it some more! Thanks for visiting...

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  9. Terrific, Sally. Love the new technique, it suits you! I didn't realize that the "hurrier I go" quote was from Carroll...live and learn!

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    1. Thanks Janet! I knew you would understand what I am trying to find...as for the quote? I find that many of the lines from Carroll's books resonate with me at different times in my life, they are still some of my favorite stories!

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  10. I, too, like your new technique. I keep thinking I want to try something new, but I need more time in my day for experimenting.

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    1. There never seems to be enough time, does there ChrisJ? So much to do, so little time, and we only each get the standard 24 hours a day...and hey, a girls gotta sleep, right?

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  11. Great idea, technique. and posting.

    My Inchie is on my blog.

    Madeline
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  12. Your work is beautiful - I just love it! And now I think I'll go read some Lewis Carroll . . .

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    1. I find I stay a much better adjusted person, if I reread Lewis Carroll at least every three years! Thanks for visiting, eradart!

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  13. Sally Rose, I followed over here from CED and am so pleased I did. I must admit sometimes I don't make the time to check out all the wonderful art out there.

    I love the inchies and haven't made any in such a long time, but I can still remember how fun they were to make. I may have to try a few myself.

    xoxo

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    1. I find it very difficult to get around to all the beautiful art as well, Vicki. Especially this time of year! I am more likely to be out in the garden, than surfing the internet...I love it when someone reads what I write and feels inspired to start creating! Go ahead and give it a try, inchies are an addiction, but a harmless one.I am making a kit to carry around with me, so I can work on them whenever I feel like it. Trying to make it all fit into a mint tin! Thanks for stopping by...

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  14. Hi Sally Rose I like your whimsies! Especially your owls.

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    1. Thank you, Terri! Glad you stopped by!

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  15. Beautiful work and beautiful post, I´ve always the first quote, would like to try that techique but time is short... and I am too busy at the moment to start to experiment something new. Thanks for sharing

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