Above: the top right corner of a painting in progress. Painted over an old painting from several years ago.
Below: the first pattern in a new collection. These colors are rocking my world right now, and I think this might be one of my favorite patterns I've ever made.
I've been thinking lately about my evolution as an artist. My work has changed pretty dramatically over the years, as I've become interested in new things, started working with new paint colors, gotten better at using Illustrator to make patterns....
The idea of being stuck creating one thing, in one style, forever, sounds like torture to me. Though, that's what I learned in school-- find your niche, become known for that, and never stray. And while there's obviously some (a lot of) value to that line of thinking, it feels very stifling to me, like it doesn't allow any room for experimentation or shifting or growth.
I like to believe that the ways my work has changed and evolved are simply physical evidence of my movement through and growth in life. Color, and the way that I use it, is what has made my work my own through the years (I think)-- and though my subject matter has shifted over the years, my love of and interest in color has been at the forefront of my creating every step of the way.
I worry sometimes that if you held up 2 paintings of mine, one from, say, 5 years ago and one from now, that you wouldn't know the same person created them. I'm not sure if that even matters.
But that said, I'm feeling like I've outgrown some of my older work, so much so that it's time to retire some old prints to make way for the new. I'll be sifting through and narrowing down next week, so stay tuned for a one-day-sale when you'll have an opportunity to get some of the to-be-retired prints at a special price before I bid them adieu!
This feels good. It feels right.
It's time to say thank you to older versions of myself, and then bravely step forward from them in order to grow more. Expand more. Experiment more.
We're all just humans, in progress, forever and always.
I'm going through a black + white phase right now. Well, more specifically, black + white + gold. Or black + white + any metallic color, really.
It's funny, because I'm (obviously) a color girl. The brighter, the better. But man, I'm just really loving the graphic-ness of bold black + white mixed with some earthy metallics.
The above pic was taken while I was working on a pattern on my computer. What I love about making patterns is that it feels like putting a puzzle together. All the pieces are floating around somewhere in my brain, and it's my job to find them, put them down, rearrange them, and move them around until they fit perfectly. When a pattern is finished, it really does feel like clicking that last satisfying piece of a puzzle into place. I love it.
Here's the finished print:
Fun, right? What would you use this pattern for? I think it'd be so fun on a notebook, or maybe even a cool skirt!