Confessions of a Messy Freshly Pressed Artist

I’m not sure how this happened. I’d been stressing out over crowed studio space, too much old art in the way, too much me in the way. Not exactly the best way to be inspired and create space mentally and physically to work on the new work. Or is it?

Asking 4 It Mixed Media Collage by Kathy Morawski

“Asking for It”, mixed media collage from the edited & altered Junk Mail Series, by Kathy Morawski

I often write to sort my thoughts and started this blog mostly as an outlet until I could pull it together enough to share my art process with my collectors. Two days ago I received an email from WordPress stating I was going to be Freshly Pressed. I’m still kind of new here and at first wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. When I did learn what Freshly Pressed did mean… wow! And then – oh, crap! – the anal retentive ex-art director side of me wanted more time to redesign my home page before even thinking about having new visitors show up! And today, more people have been to my site since, well… ever! But, everything’s a work in progress, right? So what if you’re seen stumbling along the way instead of being (hopefully) impressive when you do arrive? Maybe the journey really is the important thing here and that can actually help inspire others too. And the cheering I received from the sidelines from other bloggers and visitors was a really nice perk I didn’t expect and I thank you all for that.

There have been quite a few interesting responses and comments on my Artists aren’t “supposed” to do that! post that was the trigger for this Freshly Pressed stuff. I’m still replying to all those comments, so if I haven’t responded to yours yet, I promise, I will! I agreed with a commenter who believes our older art still has value even if galleries only want to show and sell our newer works. “Old is gold” was an added comment. It is. Our older art contains stories. At least they do for me. I’ve always considered myself more as a story teller than an artist. The art I make is just a tangible representation or embodiment of the stories that influenced me in the first place. Without a story, I don’t know what I’m doing or trying to say. Without a point or purpose, there’s no focus.

Many years ago I had such a deep art crisis I knew I needed to do something different or I was just going to quit art completely. Ironically, the answer that worked for me back then wasn’t building better art upon existing stories or even finding a better story. Instead, I threw out all the stories and started all over again.

And that’s a story for next time! Hope to see you there!

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5 Responses to Confessions of a Messy Freshly Pressed Artist

  1. paintlater says:

    I’ve burned them, stored them, cut them up, rolled them and shoved them under the bed. I wish there was an answer. Someone had suggested to me that I was scared I couldn’t do better. I think maybe the answer is just keep producing eventually the old stuff will rot.Cheers Sue

  2. I also have tons of old art that has accumulated. I have also done the same as you: burned, cut up, repurposed and stored in various stages. A few years ago I built a Canvas Rack in my garage and that was such a big help. I’ve not really blogged in years but reading yours and a few others recently has made me want to get back into it. So thanks!

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