Playing in the Studio is boosting my Creativity

I’m playing in the studio for the next twelve months.  

In order to do this I’ve taken notice of how children, the experts, play, 

experts at Play

When youngsters play, everyone abides by rules agreed upon, thus maximising amusement for all. (That is unless an adult needs to step in to enforce their own set of strictures.)

Left to their own devices, the children toss out rules that hamper a splendid time. Sure enough, fights do erupt. But, isn’t that part of the fun?

Breaking the Rules

In my studio this means playing with the elements and manipulating the principles, or, the rules of art, I’ve learned.  Then I bend or break them, to see where it leads. Some I toss aside. 

I can change up principles, including balance, contrast, movement, pattern, rhythm, unity, emphasis and proportion. These terms are often used to discuss art.

For example, in my current work, working title, “Red Playground-Finish What You Started”, there is balance, contrast, movement, pattern and rhythm. My concern for my work, at this point, is that of unity. Too much unity can lead to boredom. Too much variety can be chaotic. I desire liveliness; not chaos.

I manipulated the paper, creating texture by soaking, wadding, and dying the support with red Inktense. Then, I layered colour, shapes, form and lines to the paper. Value, and space are the remaining basic elements of art I can employ to influence the work. I can hardly wait to see where this work ends up.

You can watch the third episode of the creating of “Red Playground-Finish What You Started” by clicking here.

Click here to get a really good overview of the principles and elements of art.  

I’ve also created lists down below.

Playing In The Studio
Red playground finish what you started, in progress

The biggest detractor

I’ve found my inner critic to be the detractor I battle most in my pursuit of abstraction. 

How do I silence the critic?

It’s very simple but not easy. I allow mistakes. I don’t beat myself up over them. I embrace “failures” as part of the path to where I wish to go. Most importantly, I show up as planned in the studio to apply graphite, Inktense, and ink to paper; even when my inner critic hollers, “people will think this is really dumb”. And, I show up on YouTube.

avoiding insanity

Insanity is continuing to do the same thing (over and over) and expect different results. It’s attributed to Einstein, Ben Franklin and other influential historical persons. No one knows for sure. Importantly, I believe the idea to be relevant in my arts practice.

I’ve created many narrative realistic drawings and paintings I’m pleased with. I’ve exhibited them widely, and like the collections of work I’ve made. 

However, I no longer desire to make them right now. I’m not willing to invest the considerable thought and preparation to do them. Perhaps, in another season. 

I look forward to creating, relaxing, and enjoying the process for the next 12 months, not knowing not where it all will lead.  Perhaps, that’s the allure. My sole aim is enjoy the journey and give myself a break from high expectations.

Can anyone relate?

Creating Art Around Life

 Watch the third episode of “Red Playground, Finish what you Started” above. This five part series features up-close insight into creating the new work.

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Rahabs Circle
One of the "failures" (in progress) that i'm okay with. I see it as part of the process.
Adding Texture To The Support
Adding texture and colour to the support.

Silencing the Inner Critic

Allow Mistakes

embrace failures

Show up

Principles of Art









These are terms often used to talk about artwork.

Elements of Art








These are considerations an artist manipulates to affect the principles of art in a particular manner. 


How about you?  Are you playing in the studio?  In what ways?

Do you find you need to silence your inner critic?  How do you do so?

Please let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. 


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