Sunday, 4 October 2009
beauty is in the eye
I have been working on a new series of watercolour portraits 'beauty is in the eye'.... This series explores a fluid wet-in-wet method of portrait making.
This week coming is the final week of my hearts series over at Etsy. Following on from that, I am going to be offering a 'week of...' - each week having a particular design theme. So, for example, the week after next will be a week of painting.....
Other design themes may include: a week of brooches, a week of dolls, a week of birds, a week of mixed media, a week of snowglobes, a week of poetry...... you get the idea.
When I wrote a list of all the different 'things' that I make, currently or in recent times have made, I realised I have quite wide scope to my creative output. Is this a good thing? I ask myself that a lot. Should I just be concerning myself with one thing. But the thing is that one thing is never going to be..... one thing.... Is it? Anyone who really knows me (I know that is perhaps a tricky thing to define but hey-ho) knows that I am not a one-thing sort of woman. I've often read magazine articles about established artists who have spent many many years creating steadily, their 'one thing' developing gently and or passionately over time, their one thing so very their own. And I wonder how do they do it, that one thing for so long.... But then as you read the article it becomes clear that they don't really have this one thing, that in their 'spare time' they make something completely different, or they're a semi-professional musician or table tennis champion, or something like that.... There are so many anxieties to being a creative artist. Not only the anxiety of influence but the anxiety of the one thing.....:)
I like the idea of working and presenting my work in this way. Keeping the ideas flowing. It will be specific to my Etsy shop, which has become something of a themed event gallery:) Well, I shall see how this weekly idea works out.
Meanwhile my own shop http://cathycullis.bigcartel.com will be the main place for all my current work, larger pieces and continuing obsessions.