Thursday, January 18, 2007

It's a new day

Well, I've been trying to log in for over a week, and I'm having lots of issues with blogger. Hopefully they are solved now. I'd like to join the etsy blogger group, but I may have to start a new blog in typepad or something.
I've been working on a series of new collages, and it's really been fun. I am amazed at the rich symbolism and ideas that I get from the Bible. I was reading Proverbs the other day, and I kept getting idea after idea. This collage was inspired by something I heard Joyce Meyer say about "Why are gold and diamonds always hidden in mountains?"
I think she was saying we have good in us, but sometimes it takes some digging to find it, under all of the other crap. After I started thinking about mountains, and gold, I got this idea that I am searching for a new way of making my art. A new discovery about myself. I've always expected every artwork to be perfect, instead of letting myself play and experiment. So since I love trees, birds, nests, etc., I got the idea of the bird is looking for the treasure (the egg), and it felt like me, searching for this wonderful, free, creative part of myself, but it's been buried for so long. (It's kind of hard to see in the pic, but there is an egg in the center of the gold dust that I glued down.)
After re-reading the Artists' Way book, I've noticed that I see that perfectionist tendency in myself now when it's happening. So now I feel a little stuck, and I don't know what to do. On the land, there needs to be something, but I'm frozen. I love how the pinks in the sky came out, and I guess I'm afraid if I add something, and it looks bad, that... I guess I don't even know what I'm afraid of.
Anybody out there reading the Artist's Way, and understand what I'm talking about?


Crystal said...

Hi Ellene! I love the picture and loved reading your blog. I'm going to have to check that book out!

ellene said...

Thanks Crystal! It's nice to get positive comments, especially at this stage, because I feel like I'm embarking on a new... ?? something. I just keep praying that I can somehow speak to people, believers and nonbelievers, about the truths of the Bible (even though all of my work isn't about that). I want so much to have work that is respected and beautiful. There are so many artists that I admire. *Ellene*

PG Cork said...

Yes, to reading The Artists Way, and to watching Joyce Meyer! Woo-hoo! Oh, that fear of ruining something that we've worked so hard on! Know it! Lovely post.

Penny :)

ellene said...

Thanks Penny! Joyce Meyer gets a bad rap sometimes from people, but she is so annoited I feel, because she ALWAYS says something I need to hear.