sometimes when i look back on my old work, i think ‘why don’t i use mixed media as much as i used to?’ it was so fun, and when i was in college i was always experimenting with different techniques and methods to make textures and imagery for my collages and other work.
i’ve always been a ‘hands on’ person and i firmly believe that to evolve as an artist you have to keep experimenting and trying new things. even if you don’t show the process to the world, it shows in your work over time.
but lately, as i feel my style becoming more refined, i feel like i’ve let that go a bit and i need to get back to my roots and just let loose with some paints, pens, ink ..whatever i can get my hands on. don’t get me wrong, i have fun with my work but there is a ‘freeness’ i’ve lost a bit.
i really like this quote from janelle monae, and it describes very well how i used to be. well, how i still am, but that spirit has gotten a little lost and foggy.
“I feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I’m constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes.”
some like to think of this as a rebrand, they refocus on what they want to show the world and how it represents them. some people redesign their blogs, some make a new logo, and some change their name but they generally all keep their core values.
but like i said before, for me it’s more about evolving. i’m keeping the same basic aspects of who i am and how i work, and incorporating the best of the old methods i used to use to create something new – and hopefully better.
sometimes all you need to get the brain cogs (the scientific term, obviously) going again is new art supplies, or moreso, to use things you’ve not used before. i got myself some letraset promarkers*, sharpies* (which obviously i’ve used before), some watercolours and paper and just ..went to town with them.
disclaimer: i was given vouchers to spend on art supplies for this post on behalf of clarity travel management. all words, opinions (and memories) are my own.