5 months have passed since I blogged properly. In that time I started up a tumblr blog to keep track of the images of cute puppies and kittens that I find myself obsessing over. I have also visited Great Barrier Island, made a short trip to Melbourne and turned 24. There is something I haven’t done, however, and that is paint. I haven’t made any art in the last 3 or 4 months. I haven’t picked up a brush, I haven’t even been into my studio in the last 3 months. I’ve lost my inspiration, lost my ideas, lost the motivation and desire to paint I used to feel so strongly.
I know this post is a little bit personal, but given the fact I don’t think I have all that many followers, its a good way to vent a little bit about the fear I am now feeling regarding my lack of artistic endeavours. It scares me. I want to paint. I even sort of know what kind of things I want to be painting, I just don’t know how to go about translating them into paintings. I think I’m just facing some fear of failure and it doesn’t help that I haven’t seen much success so far. I know no one is to blame for this but myself, and I know the longer I stay out of the studio and inactive in being creative, the worse it will get.
If anyone is reading this, what do you do when you’ve lost motivation and inspiration? How do you get back into being creative without feeling like you’re forcing it?
And because I hate a text only post, here is a sample of the types of pictures I’ve been posting on my tumblr (puppytime.tumblr.com)
Filed under Life, My art, Random
The following little 4inch x 4inch cuties have been taking up some of my time in the past couple of weeks as I’m making them to show and sell alongside my new creatures at The Front Room. People who’ve read previous posts may notice the similarity between these and the Peeper Trio I gifted to my boyfriend last year. I love making these little paintings, and I find them so adorable that I can’t help but squee at them when I add the final touches to each.
I’m trying to think of different animals I can reconfigure to my quirky style of drawing and painting, and will also be doing these in different colour combinations and sizes for a few other upcoming projects, including the DNA Market which will be on the 3rd of July – more details on that to come!
Before my 3 day working weekend, I completed two paintings. The first, I started some weeks ago – it features sewn creatures attached to the canvas. The second: started and finished in the same week.
My panda painting is also currently featured in an exhibition hosted by the Waitakere Trusts. It stands out as being completely unique in the exhibition – but I’m still unsure of whether or not that’s a good thing.
The bunny painting has gone through another reincarnation and is now a continuing work in progress. It currently looks like this:
The inspiration isn’t exactly flowing at the moment. In a few weeks time I’ll be heading to Melbourne for a 2 week pre-Christmas jaunt with Leon. Hopefully I’ll come back with some fresh ideas.
Japanese artist Fuco Ueda was born in 1979. She lives in Japan and exhibits there regularly, as far as I can tell from her website. I emailed Fuco to ask her permission to feature her on my blog and got this response:
Thank you for an email.
Unfortunately I cannot speak English.
Please forgive the thing answered in faltering English.
Thank you for your having been interested in my artwork.
I feel an email from you very glad.
I was interested.
And so I present to you some images of the whimsical surreal work of Fuco Ueda. My favourite one is last. Mmm funghi.
Please visit Fuco Ueda’s site here or to view available works and prints, go here.
So in the past week it’s become exceedingly clear that there are some things that I cannot paint even though I might want to. Or at least that’s how it feels. After declaring that I was going to become more dedicated to the life of a studio artist, I’ve already hit a wall.
I started a painting on Monday this week.
On Tuesday, I did some more work on it.
On Wednesday, I completely and utterly screwed it up.
Yep. A bunny. I like bunnies. I like all things cute. I had a whole bunch of images of wild rabbits, frolicking here and there, sneaking around in fields of grass. I wanted to paint a bunny. I shouldn’t have.
Everyone has some limit to their skills, and it would seem that bunnies are my limit.
What now? It’s Thursday and I’ve taken the day off. I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages, which was worthwhile. I may have even found an awesome job. And I can relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Except not really, because I don’t know what to do about this painting. I feel like it’s ruined, and I don’t know what to do. The thought of facing it makes me feel a little ill. I’m angry and sad at that silly bunny.
Does anyone have any tips? Thoughts, advice, critique?
Day Of The Dead - Ronald Kurniawan
Ronald Kurniawan makes surreal brightly coloured magical works that feature invented creatures and landscape elements along with references to technology and the civilised world. His work includes paintings and sculptures, though he is definitely more prolific at the first.
Queen B - Ronald Kurniawan
He lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited in many shows and has also created work for companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney Consumer Products, General Mills and Honda, to name a few.
Ronald Kurniawan - Work for Honda Insight Campaign
Ronald Kurniawan paints imagery that makes you think. And he also has a pet pug, so he must be awesome.
Top Dog - Ronald Kurniawan
Please visit the website of Ronald Kurniawan to see more of his work.
While I may not quite be happy with the levels of productivity I’m reaching, I am at least happy with the work I’m producing – and it’s been a little while since that was the case.
Yesterday I finished this painting, and while I’m the first to admit that it’s not perfect, there is a lot I like about it. The polar bear isn’t quite right, but the castle is pretty – and it looks more impressive in person.
There is an award show/competition that I’m planning on entering; the deadline is the beginning of October. So far I’m considering putting in this work and the previous one with the pandas. This may change, dependent on this:
Blank canvas of doom! It’s so hard looking at a huge blank canvas and deciding where to begin. The prospect of the first brushstroke ruining it is daunting. But paint I must.
Any critique and/or feedback on this painting is most welcome!