This is a page I completed recently, and it’s called, “Don’t Stop Moving…or You’ll Rust!”
The page was inspired by one of the many beautiful photographs included in my friend and fellow artist Kim Rae Nugent’s new book, Journal Starters Sampler Volume I, which is now available for purchase at Amazon.com.
I believe the words of this piece offer a great reminder for all creative people. While sometimes it feels safe and comfortable to keep on doing what’s known and familiar, an artist’s life must be one of constant change and evolution. When we fall back into the security of old patterns in our life and art, we run the risk of getting bored, growing stagnant, and going nowhere. If we don’t try new things, we can’t develop beyond what we are, or make improvements.
Everyone prefers to feel safe and comfortable. Everyone likes to feel perfectly competent at what they do at all times. But we can’t enter new places or become more if we don’t dare to travel outside that comfort zone and explore new frontiers.
In recent months I’ve been forced to confront a lot of fear and self-doubt as I’ve started using new tools and techniques in my art and taken on new challenges, especially when it comes to putting my work “out there,” in publications and even here on this blog. Each time I do these things, I wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, or if I will end up hitting a wall. Whenever I feel this way, I remind myself that because I’m trying something new and not doing the same thing I was doing a year ago, or six months ago, that I’m already successful.
This page was created with old book pages, gesso, acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils, Washi tape, rub-ons, a vintage Dymo label, letter stickers, text produced on a vintage typewriter, and pens.
Here’s to staying in motion and staying fresh! Be sure to do something new in the week ahead!