Friday, August 13, 2010

Subtle or Colorful

In her current post Donna Watson discusses how many artists have an affinity for creating subtle work, beautiful work that has a quietness to it that appeals to me, though I don't often create subtle work. Here are two more of my daily collages, one a bit subtle and the other one in-your-face bright.  Both were made in the same session, working out of my red box of bits and pieces.

I left a much loved unattributed quotation in her comments section:

"Work and work and work until what comes
out is pure and not influenced by
anything but what is in my heart."

I believe that only through doing a lot of work does ones' true voice emerge. If you are an artist, make lots of art using whatever tools and supplies you own. If you have a voice, sing. If you play an instrument, practice, practice, practice.  That's what it means to be an artist.  One has to BE.  That implicates daily practice. When one wants to improve as an artist, one must work at it... over and over and over.

Pardon me if I seem like I'm preaching to the choir. I've taught all my life and that's my teacher voice :) 


  1. love what you wrote, only as we create are we going to find our true creative voice. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your art.

  2. you are so right!!
    ah, that's what I was hearing, your teacher voice. :) :) :)

    I have not been playing or practicing very much these last few weeks. I miss it!!

  3. Hi Jo,
    I found your page by following the lovely quote you left in your comments on Donna Watson's blog. I also liked your 'teachers' comments! The internet continues to amaze me with it's access to so much interesting information and to all the wonderful artist's work that we would never get to see otherwise.


I appreciate comments and questions.

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