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Accidents, Hibernation, and Creation

by Caroline , January 7, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: flowers, inspiration, making art, mixed media

Image of Summer and words of Winter--as I was recently attempting to print a reproduction of my watercolor "Sunflowers" shown here, I failed to change my instruction to the printer from black and white, used with a previous image, to color. The result was a dramatic, somewhat abstract, image (if I had been set for shades of gray I would have made a "black and white" version of the original).

I went ahead and changed settings producing a lovely color image that should last at least a hundred years if treated with common sense care. I sent it off to the buyer Saturday. I couldn't throw away that odd accidental piece though. With quality ink and paper it was worth applying acrylic paint, gel medium, and imagination for a mixed media piece I called "Summer Lightning". I did not photograph it before framing it and adding it to the pieces I'm hanging in my group's gallery in January, so you will have to wait to see it.

I've spent the past few days fighting a virus, largely hibernating, and very little creativity has gone on since I completed that piece. At the moment I'm almost too lethargic to finish writing this. Even without the "bug", isn't this the time of year that nature says "slow down", but there is also an opposite tension as every change and every shift of light in the winter air offers its own inspirations? I fully expect to "come back to life" within the next day or so, being much more myself today than I have been. Even did some organizing and desk clearing which helps pave the way to more creative work.




  Jessica Greenlee ( homepage )

01/09/2009 * 02:23:00

Isn't serendipity great? And then there is the fun of taking the chance--glad you did.

I look forward to seeing a picture of the results.

Hope you get over the winter blahs soon.

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