| 05 May, 2012 11:20
I thought I would chime in with more notions on the creative process. My last remarks dealt with the idea that in order to get the creative juices flowing, there needs to be a beginning. In other words, you need to just start something, and the ideas will come. This concept is all well and good and has worked very well for me, especially as a teaching tool. But, like many teachers, I seem to have a difficult time following my own advice.
The following is a case in point:
About a year or so ago, I created a collage called CHUTES AND LADDERS. Some of you may remember it. Judging by the feedback the piece was fairly successful and I had quite a good time working on it so I decided to pursue the “game board” idea some more. I began perusing yard sales and flea market and the like looking for games that most of us might be familiar with and that had interesting boards and pieces. I have collected a few and they sit in my studio perhaps providing entertainment for the mice and the spiders and whatever other nocturnal creatures live in the little nooks and crannies of my workspace.
For some reason, two of these games have been in the back of my mind for some time as fodder for a new piece. These games are Operation and Trivial Pursuit. From time to time I would get them out and move some of the pieces around (I cut up the board for Trivial Pursuit) and arrange them in a variety of ways. Some of these configurations looked interesting, and some not so much. I even went so far as to photograph a couple of the arrangements that, at the time, I found particularly pleasing. But they never seemed to hit the mark so I would wipe everything out and start again and again and again.
I simply could not seem to find the right composition. Then, after writing the speech for the church (see my previous entry) I realized that I was going about this thing all wrong. It simply was not yet time to be that picky! So I laid the panel on my studio table and began to squirt some fluid paint all over my nice pristine white panel. When the paint dried I glued some of the game board pieces down. Come what may, this was going to be my start. There was no turning back. The block was over and I was on my way with this piece.
I think it might be interesting (at least for me) to post how (and if) this thing develops, so, if you’re interested, stay tuned, I may even post a pic or two.