Journeys - Spirit
How does one just let go and allow images to fill a page without planning, without questioning, letting only one's inner spirit guide the way? That is the challenge Leeza presents each of the Journeys artists when we receive her book, Spirit... we must create art spontaneously, directed only by the spirit within.
I had a hard time doing this. I was so daunted by the prospect of working without a plan that I actually stalled and stalled until this morning, even though I've had the book for weeks. Nervous as I was when I finally sat down to work on the two-page spread, I remembered how energized I felt when I created mixed media pieces for the Inspire Me Thursday's Senseless Art and Five Senses challenges. I decided to take a similar approach of abandoning expectations and just going with the flow of energy. I chose colors that appealed to my mood and then proceeded to make a great big mess all over my work table. I gessoed the pages, stamped in texture, rubbed in colors with my fingers, sponged them around, removed color with alcohol, collaged the horse, scribbled with water soluble pastels...adding and subtracting until I felt like I was finished. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and I even like the product.
(acrylic, water soluble pastel, and collage on 140 lb. cold press water color paper)