Friday, May 28, 2010

Recent Work 1:Train of Thought




It's been awhile since I've been home and not hurrying to get ready for a show so I thought I'd start posting some of my newest work. This is one of my two-dimensional mixed media pieces. It consists of handpainted clay tiles over painted metal train cars. The words are made from handprinted fabric. The wheels and chain are made from wire. It's entitled Train of Thought and it's about the thought process that I go through almost every time I start a new project. As you can see, I sometimes start with Fear: even though I know better and I read self-help books, sometimes I can't tame my thoughts that say my ideas aren't good enough. The next step if I start with Fear is Doubt: this is where I edit and cross out many of my sketches before I even give them a chance. Then what I usually do is take a break at this point and either call an artist friend or do something else completely like go for a run to clear my head. When I return to my work after this break, things don't seem so bleak. New ideas have usually popped into my head while I'm running, or my friends and I brainstorm another way of approaching my discarded ideas. Enter Hope: the clouds part, the sun shines and the process seems fun again. And with Hope, I finally approach Courage: I realize that I do this to myself and also realize that it's just a part of the creative process. The finished piece may never have happened if the initial "wrong" ideas didn't come to me first. This piece is 16"h x 42"w. The price is $595.00. Please email me if you have any questions or are interested in purchasing this piece.(Click on the photo to see larger version.)

9 comments:

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

LOVE IT! I think we all go through the same stages... BTW, I never told you that I stopped by Lizzy Lou's my last day in Round Top but you were already gone. My sister and I each bought some of your smaller pieces. It all looked so yummy and it was fun to see them all at the same time in person!

Becky Shander said...

Through the ups and downs of the creative process there is always so much to learn (around us as well as within.) I'm so happy to see that in this case you arrived at "courage". Your outside-of-the-box piece is fantastic.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Wonderful work Tammy!

LuLu

cheryl kuhn said...

Oh my goodness, I think this is your best piece yet! it sure does speak to my heart and I get everyone of the sentiments you expressed every time I create, thanks for letting me know that I am not the only one that feels that way. You should be head over heels proud of this piece, it is wonderful!!

Lenae May said...

A lovely piece, Tammy! Your ideas are always so consistent...keep up the GREAT work!
Lenae

MARTHA said...

hi Tammy- Gina Baily sent me your blog.
I am so blown away by your circus and, well everythiing. Glad to see that you are still so prolific!
Life without HMK is sooo great!
Email me back when you can. Would loveto catch up.
Martha

Papillon Bleu said...

Hi, I cannot tell you how delighted to have discovered your blog. I am planning to work on a circus theme soon and this place is very inspitational.
I would love to receive your newsletter announcing events please.
;-)

FONT LOVER said...

absolutely beautiful artwork!

keep up the good work.

kecia said...

i saw your story on crescendoh today (i am also a guest curator!) i just love your art - it's so sweet and inspiring! i love its vintage feel of lazy summer days gone by.

kecia

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