Horse Study #52
9″ x 12″
oil on panel
©2012 Tracy Wall
“Creativity emerges in experimentation, manipulation and exploration.” — Bert Dodson
It feels like it’s “do or die” time for me. I’m looking to push the edge. It’s time to be a little more adventurous in my work.
For the longest time, I’ve been doing super small traditional works (6″x6″, 6″x8″) and it’s time to spread my wings. I’ll still continue to do smaller paintings as warm-ups. Much like a musician may practice scales, a singer may warm up their voice, or a baseball player may swing a bat, I too seem to benefit from loosening up with quick studies.
So you’ll still be seeing horses (or mugs, fruit, flowers, night lights, other usual suspects) like these (btw, like the “brushiness” on this one!). It’s just that I’ll start changing things up a bit. Time to push the parameters of size, composition, viewpoint, color, abstraction and style.
Change can be hard. Not living up to previous expectations, fear of losing the interest of patrons, self-doubt in that they just might look stupid… just some of the reasons an artist (like me) may not want to explore new creative ideas.
But to me stagnating is scarier than failing. So I’m psyched! Psyched to experiment, manipulate, and explore. (as so eloquently put by Mr. Dodson)