When somebody asked how you are doing, have you ever said, “I am facing a huge challenge regarding my….”? Maybe it is at work or at home. The feeling is of frustration, overwhelm, anxiety or a host of other negative feelings. Most of us face challenges that we do not want to deal with.
Are all challenges negative? Of course not. There are challenges that we can be eager to take on. Something that involves a change that we do not perceive as negative. I was just involved in this type of challenge. One of the Facebook groups I belong to for creatives of all types, issued a challenge to commit to a creative project every day for at least 30 minutes over 5 days. I accepted that challenge. As a digital collage composite artist, it would have been easy to create a new digital piece of art. Instead, I added my own challenge. I would do mixed media art project, complete it and get it ready to be juried so that I could exhibit it in a local gallery. I have done mixed media in the past, but it all came to a halt in 2020. I’m sure you can guess why.
Well, I forgot how long it takes to do all those layers. Gesso and glue take time to dry, even if you use a heat gun! It’s Friday and I did not finish the challenge. Did I fail and am I going to finish what I started? The answer is “no” and “yes!” To actually start a mixed media canvas and not give up and switch to doing digital art is a big victory. I didn’t actually have all the time I needed because of other commitments, but this experience helped me remember two things. 1) Mixed media is fun to do. There is no limit to what you can use to create your art. 2) Mixed media is messy! Working with gesso, glue, paint, and pastes leaves sticky fingers, smudges, and goop on the work surface. Just check out the photo below.
This isn't finished yet. I just finished gluing everything on. I have to wait for all the layers to day, then I will start the finish layers. The colors will be antique silver, blue and black. Title: Journeys: We Are Connected
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