I love questions. and not just because I make a living, at least in part, from asking them. I love them because, as writer mark nepo says, “questions lead to relationships. questions are like throwing a log on to the fire to keep each other warm or like a lantern we swing to see a few steps ahead of us.” •
at the heart of creativity, of making something from nothing, lies a question. it’s rarely the same question. it’s often very personal. and it’s usually quite difficult to put into words. it’s more of a lantern lighting the way.
when we settle in to make something: a picture, a poem, a dance, a painting, a necklace, or a mug, how loosely we hold the question will shape and form the thing we make. how tightly we cling to what already is, the shoulds and the expectations, the decisions and the answers, will have a lot to do with how free our thing feels when it’s done, how much of us is in it, and how deeply we fall in love with it.
holding a question without the need to have it answered, at least not right away, leaves space for discovery and exploration. we ask and then we listen. we make and then we ask some more. we don’t give up on the questions. and we never forget that possibility lives in the unknown and magic in the mystery.
we are taught to have answers but creativity always starts with a question. we need never be afraid of not knowing because, it is in that space, that all art is made.
art by @marionbmmm#day19#100days
Mixed media on paper, 2019.
The 11th postcard in the series.
The theme of this one is souls. I wanted to also portray the idea of maybe the souls of people from the past, and even family members or friends that passed away would be able to appear on Halloween.
The bonfire here is in my mind the bonfire on the postcard I did with the same name (but in another time). #art#arte#drawing#illustration#ilustração#halloween
Great Expectations. Mixed Media on birch panel. 16" X 12". For this piece I began by creating mono prints on Japanese washi for the figure, the flowers, and vase. When completely dry they were added to the already gessoed and toned panel and several more layers of gesso were added to seal and protect the prints from the oils. When dry, the process of painting successive layers of oil paints began. Definitely a labour of love (as always) :). #mixedmedia#oilpainting#figurative#originalart