Thursday, June 27, 2013
Props, the beginning again and melancholia
Howdy folks out there in blog land. I thought I'd motivate myself to get busy by sharing progress pictures of a prop for an upcoming series of images. I am making a concrete bench out of closed cell Styrofoam I have cut and assembled the pieces into the bench shape. The second step as pictured here is with it's first coat of Gesso applied. I am planning on painting it grey and then applying a coat of pumice medium to create the final texture. This has been a fun process.
I have been struggling with motivation this summer. No, it's not a lack of ideas. Maybe too many or just overloaded with all sorts of mental stuff zipping around in my head. I realized that I too suffer from bouts of melancholia from time to time. I discovered the actual term quite by accident today. Someone posted a video you can view at the link, describing a book project with that as the theme. It was quite the revelation. I knew that I didn't suffer from depression in the clinical sense of the term. I can always bounce back more invigorated than before. But, it was a vicious cycle I had to endure. Now I know what it is and it gives me relief. Mostly because now I can actually take the steps to understand the cycle and what it actually does for me as an artist, as a person and as a spiritual being. Alchemists regarded this process very special. Artists have been the most noted alchemists both historically and I think even today. Visionaries suffer from this melancholia and great works have been the result. Now I am not saying that I am a visionary but, I appreciate the process I personally go through even more. Now that I know what it is and how it works in my life.
Hope you can illuminate more of who you are in your daily practice.
Have a great weekend one and all.