Things have slowed down and I am back on line! The Small World of Inchies seemed to be such a manageable way to reenter challenges and art in general. The theme is faces and I found it to be such a wonderfully simple and soothing start….
I’ve been itching to get back to work…just wanting to play in paint, use color, glue stuff, tear, layer…these were a small way in and since I did these yesterday I’ve been working on backgrounds and adding layers, paint, collage papers to randomly started pieces. Nothing is done but these little faces. I have sheets and open books littered around drying and waiting for their next layers, but these inchie faces are complete!
In this busy time keeping me from art I did have time to think about the art and the blog. I am torn. I noticed I spent a lot of my time and blog space on the challenges. I enjoy them and find they get me started when I’m not sure where to start. But I wonder if I relied on them too much. I was not moving past them and doing the work I’d intended to do when I began this on-line journey. Admittedly, I must also recognize that with the challenges I received feedback on my work. That did not happen as much with my non-challenge postings. At this point, I am looking to find a balance: use the challenges to warm up and motivate me AND work on my self-generated pieces. Balance, always the goal and forever illusive…..