yesterday was my first meeting with my mentor from prequel ka’ila. it was great and exactly what i needed. she looked at my body of work with me and confirmed what i knew… i was really comfortable working in this format.
so we talked about how i could break out of this formula to get to a new space. listed below are some of the points she made that really helped me rethink my approach.
• maximize your space. clear out the room of non-art stuff and use the wall/floor as a work space.
• work with new tools. bigger brushes, squeegees, rollers, etc.
• break the edge. all my work has been set in a portrait-like format contained w/in the rectangle of the page. push it.
• work in new places. on the wall, on the floor, move around.
• make a view finder for your own work. what happens when you blow up a smaller part of an older piece.
these are all very tactical approaches but one of the things she said that most stuck with me was something her mentor said to her.
you don’t have to say it all in one piece.
[insert lightbulb moment]
with that, i rearranged. i took down all my wall hangings and moved my shoe cabinet out. i pulled out some pieces i had started and took the tape off and started drawing to the edge. i am keeping it simple. watercolor and pencil. i moved my hand in bigger more gestural strokes and got in the groove.
super stoked for it to be the weekend and get to work for full days.