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Monday, June 22, 2015

CREATIVE INSIGHTS PLUS TWO THINGS A FIVE YEAR OLD ARTIST TAUGHT ME

This weekend I participated as an artist in Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest at the Seattle Center.  There were so many great artists showing their work.  I felt blessed and honored to be in the mix.  I even learned a few things.

Two festival patrons look and talk about Afro Jazz art.

Talking textiles

It was pretty exciting seeing my Afro Jazz art hanging on its first exhibition wall.  I appreciated the feedback I received from several of the art patrons.  One woman was particularly moved by the featured african textiles.  She wanted to know how I decided what pieces to incorporate into my collage pieces.  I thought that was an interesting question and the answer I gave surprised me even more.  

I explained to her that the fabric speaks to me and lets me know how it would like to be cut and into what natural hairstyle it would like to present itself.  I know it sounds funny but it is totally true.  I don't even make a cut until the fabric confirms the style.  For one, the fabric is expensive and I like avoiding costly mistakes.  Two, I am never in a rush to create art so I have time to wait for an inner prompting from the patterns.  Talking out loud about my process pulled out the parts that are usually done in intuitive silence.  Thank you Miriam for our conversation!   

Wise for five

I've had the pleasure of watching my niece and nephew for a couple of weeks and we usually end up coloring or drawing together.  I love how after my niece draws or colors a picture she is particularly proud of, she immediately decides who it is for and where it will be presented.  Just now she drew a picture of a bear in the rain and told me it was for her daddy and that it would hang on his office wall at work.  

I usually create my work and leave it at that.  I hardly ever think about who the work is for or visualize where it will hang.  Perhaps, this should stop.  Art wisdom can come from anywhere and sometimes the best advice is from a five year old!  Well, this five year old plans to be both a doctor and an artist so she probably really does know what's best.   

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