Earlier this summer, I attended the opening of a community art show at Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA, in which I’d entered a piece (the bright orange sunflower on a blue background).
While it was not a juried show, I very much enjoyed the challenge of creating something different than I’d ever done before. Several months before the show opening, I’d gone downtown to sign up and received a 12″x12″ piece of foam board on which to create an original piece of art for the show.
Since my main reason for joining the show was to put myself “out there” in a way I’d not done before (having been content for years to make art only when the mood struck & rarely show it to anyone), I chose to use this as an opportunity to experiment with new materials. The result was this sunflower, inspired by a photo from my garden (and–loosely–the work of children’s book author/illustrator, Eric Carle), and made with tissue paper, glue, watercolor, colored pencils, collage, and gel pen.
I had no goals in mind, while creating, other than to have fun with it and make something pleasing to look at. And that has pretty much become my art philosophy ever since.
Seeing my work on the gallery walls of the same museum that also exhibits the works of some of the greatest artists in history was profoundly satisfying and inspiring. It made me want to achieve more in my art journey than I’d ever allowed myself to dream of before. And I’ve been hard at work, ever since, building up my body of work and saying “Yes!” to whatever ideas come my way. Good things are happening in my tiny little home studio…