2.03.2013

Finding my essence

As I stated in January...my word for the year is "essence"...
to succinctly define my art and the style I want to pursue...





Cleaning off my work table inspired me to begin seeking this essence now (I learned from my word in 2012, begin, to just start and not delay...fending off procrastination...)  I am not a fan of expensive art supplies nor involved creative procedures...I do admire the collage artists who can take the most ordinary of scrap papers and turn them into a layered provocative work...I began...




Years ago...when I decided that I was going to take my art seriously, I focused on four main principles...
these guideposts seemed a good place to start...












































I let the pieces of paper tell me where they wanted to go...I know this sounds odd...but I can't explain it any other way...there is something innate about it...

I worked in silence that afternoon...as I often do...I have so much going on in my head, I don't need additional noise or distraction...

and in the end...
Quiet Afternoon #1   Amy Duncan   2013








































At the time, there was a Quiet Afternoon #2 and #3...with #2, I tried doing some painting over the surface...it didn't go well...I chopped it in half, threw away the painted portion...the other half may resurface at some point.  With #3, I have a good start...and thinking of incorporating some stitches with my sewing machine as texture...the idea of using my sewing machine to marry paper with thread and cloth is an idea that has been nudging at my edges of my consciousness, so best to listen...



Today I'm one of 10 artists included in The Altered Page's section of The Pulse, Tell All...where artists share what they wished they knew when they started...this is the last installment of this edition of The Pulse...can't thank Seth Apter enough for both including me and my work as well as giving support and encouragement to many other artists...I encourage you to hop over to his blog to read all about it...

7 comments:

  1. You forgot the five principle....when all else fails...grunge it!!! Hides any multiple of sins!!! (o: Great post!!

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  2. I like Dave's idea! :) I've done this as well...and when I add the paint I'm disappointed because what I've seen in my head isn't coming out the way I want. And I'm not even happy with what my "muse" has done on her own. I like the idea of sewing on this...if you are being nudged in that direction, I say "let go and follow the nudge"!

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  3. Hi Amy, thank you for sharing your insight, your ideas, your process, your essence. Very (good) thought provoking. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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    1. thanks Emilou...always glad when you stop by...

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  4. Amy, I really enjoyed this post. It's interesting to hear how other artists create their works but it is also helpful to hear that you chopped it in half! Thanks for sharing that bit with us too. My blue sewing machine is tempting me to add her stitches to the folding I'm doing. Oh so many possibilities! xo

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  5. How fantastic that you are already so very focused on your word for 2013 -- and that you word from 2012 is still having an impact. I love the simplicity of this collage and the fact that you used material that was "ordinary" makes it even more compelling to me.

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