10/23/09

Two Steps Forward - One Giant Step Back

Wow, this week just flew by and I realized I didn't post anything. I have been having fun working with some new clients and trying to stretch my work a bit in new directions. I was pulling together some images and came across this old work that I thought I would share. Two jungle animal pieces, very abstract and fanciful. In a way I feel I have come far from this work (particularly in understanding clients' needs) and at the same time feel that I have completely regressed, because I love the freedom and looseness of these pieces. I mean what is that elephant doing up in the sky? I love the naive approach, it wasn't about a client - just about the art, the way a child would approach a blank canvas. I feel the need to start unthinking again. I would love to hear your comments.


8 comments:

Suzy G. said...

These are so lovely - would love to see more.

Mindy said...

I love everything you create!!

Kris said...

I would love prints of artwork that's this abstract. They seem so much more imaginative and inspiring to display. It would be great to see more like this!

As for fabric though, I will be honest that I like less abstract designs since I use fabric for quilting and the designs get lost more easily.

Tabitha said...

I have a hard time with that also clients want specific things of course and my mind wants to add, let go create as I go be able to change things up as the piece speaks to me rather than forcing the piece into what is requested. Not always that way with every project but some just leave me with a sense of-thats not me...give and take, balance where to find it in creating???

And I happen to love flying elephants...

Red Fish Circle said...

Oh thanks - I am loving your comments! It is definitely time to integrate some of this into my illustration work.

Caroline said...

I think all your work is simply gorgeous and I love how varied it is. i
I find myself getting totally frustrated at not being able to do all the different things I would like to. I think I get over inspired and need to have a break from all the fantastic artists on the internet, to find myself again! I always come back to who I am and do what I want (I have the joy of being able to do it for myself at the moment!!)
I guess I am saying, stay true to you, you are so wonderfully talented!
I love love love the green painting with the giraffe!!

Frizz said...

I love this and simplicity is something I'm always striving to achieve. I find it harder to do than throwing a bunch a space filler in. Color becomes so important and you have mastered it. I haven't gotten there yet but I will.

I love both pieces. They have so much life!

coloredsock said...

heya Amy, as you have probably noticed, i'm playing ketchup on your blog. hee. papa and baby sound asleep and i'm playing before getting to work.

i can totally relate about looking at old pieces and seeing naivety and freedom that i think maybe i've lost. maybe to some degree, but maybe not. just evolved perhaps and with more experiences and years added to the mix, you of course will approach things differently. i think it's good to look back, to open your eyes again and take a breath, and then dive back in fresh again. and of course, you already do this, but doing pieces for you and the sake of play and creating, will free you and take you where you need to be. xoxojenny
btw, yeah, i do love that gravity-challenged elephant, too...