I have been itching to create. But I have had many other things to attend to, including my doing my taxes and cleaning my closet. I already have too many messes. So I was hesitant tonight to create yet another mess. But images of cherry blossoms, deep green leaves, and henna-dyed paper lanterns were calling! I cut out images, leaving piles of paper debris all over the floor (too bad my cats don't eat paper!).
And when my art piece just wasn't coming together, I decided to make the arting messy (see picture to the right: purple fingers!). I smeared paint and layered images and bleeding tissue paper (sounds rather nasty, doesn't it?) and added traces of metallic pen. I decided not to stop when I thought I was done. This time, I told myself to take the piece further. Even if I didn't like it, I wanted to take it past the end point (or the "safe" point I tend to rely on).
Do you ever find yourself "playing it safe" with your art, not wanting to risk making a piece ugly? I have discovered a great technique for ceasing to worrying about making a piece ugly: try to make it ugly! Push it to the edge. When I let go of the feeling that my art must "look right" or "be pretty," I actually produce some interesting work. And something shifts inside me; it's like I've created a little opening for creative growth. So if you're feeling stuck, make it ugly! Go ahead, ruin it! I bet you'll create some fascinating work.