Spread #44- ArTalk March 22, 2009Posted by Orly in Spreads.
Let’s talk art for a moment, to be more specific about the canvas, you know, the surface on which we apply our art. I personally like those that are not that blank. Painting on maps or on pages of a printed book, for example. These ‘canvases’ take you wherever they want to take you, not wherever you want to take them. The difference is an issue of control. Those canvases that had a life before you came along, allow you to let go of visions of a finished piece of art. They free you to the true meaning of creativity, which to me is, the enjoyment of the process. Julia Cameron said it best: “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control”. A canvas is a broad term. I see canvases wherever I go. In a planter with soil in it, in a sand box, in a wall, in a piece of furniture, a shelf, a dinner table. I see a canvas as I look in the mirror and see my body, my hair, my eyes. My children, my loves, my friendships, are canvases to me. I am surrounded by possibilities, beautiful canvases at all times, at all places…many scraps of many shapes of blank paper, papers that have color, patterns and textures, Papers that have words on them, printed or scripted, papers that are bound into journals or into books laden with stories. Constantly and consistently providing me with canvases on which to depict my own stories.