Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blackbird on a Wire

I am often asked how I come up with ideas; how to be creative - how to be imaginative.  I can't answer these question/s because I don't understand how else to be.  I don't comprehend a negative.  My head is filled with so many ideas and the world is just as full of materials, textures, colors and sensations as to be a constant source of inspiration.  If I could live a dozen lifetimes I can't imagine that I would ever be bored, ever run out of things to make or do or think.

Blackbird on a Wire  36 x 28 acrylic on deep cradle panel
Don't you want to make something?  Don't you just want to make something that is yours alone - but that can be shared with peers who understand the drive?  And don't you just want to make something - some things that is/are yours to keep?

We are each unique.  Our thoughts are our own to explore.  We each have purpose and a hunger to create.  Let's feed the hunger and turn it into purpose.  Let's make something that would never have been...

So if you are feeling confined and boxed in - do what Elvis does: Bust out of that cage.  Poke your paws out of that box.  Expand your horizons.  You'll be more comfortable...


 

12 comments:

Roy said...

Well there you are! I wondered where you'd gotten to. Again. Welcome back!

Patrice said...

Hi Roy, my faithful friend.

Yeah - it's been hectic here. I had knee surgery a while back after a fall at work and recovery has been rather slow. The frustrating part is that it shortens my productive day as I cannot stand for very long - nor can I sit much without terrible stiffness setting in. To function I must be up and down and icing constantly.

Bummer. I envy you your walks...

Carrie Jacobson said...

Love the crow (blackbird?) - and especially the wire.

It's interesting to read your thoughts on creativity, too. I've never been at a loss for ideas - and I think that's in all of us, like a door we open inside, or a window, or a faucet, and we just have to move all the crap away from in front of it, till we can open it, get it running.

And I love the photos of your funny cat!

Patrice said...

Hi Carrie - Thanks, and thanks for noticing the wire! That was the hardest durn thing to paint...

I love your metaphors about being open. That's just how I feel. When making art, none of the crap of the world exists for me for that space of time. Even time is lost.

Course, for Elvis it's always like that :)

DJ said...

OH, I am IN LOVE with Elvis! You go, boy!
Lesson: Life is too short: Get comfortable!
Your blackbird inspires me, Patrice.
So sorry to hear about your knee; do what you must to take care of yourself. Knees are usually good healers, so keep going. And please keep us posted so we don't worry about you.
Hugs & Prayers,
Deej

Patrice said...

Hey DJ...

Elvis wants to know if you are lonesome tonight...? heh - He loves you right back.

And my injured knee is coming along - now the other one hurts from having to do all the work! Old age is tuff - but old lady artists are tougher.. Thanks for stopping by.

andrea said...

You nailed the expression on his/her face! (And love that bottom photo!)

Patrice said...

Elvis is all boy - and one of the oddest cats I've ever lived with. At four years old, he still thinks his twitching tail is either a toy or the enemy. He attacks it, screams, bites it with ears laid back, and finally runs when all this just makes his biting it hurt more!

Thanks for stopping. I just love your avatar by the way!

Joe Lastomirsky said...

I really like the black bird painting you used for the header, very nice.

Patrice said...

Thanks, Joe. And I'm loving those canes you are making...

Nfell said...

I loved the blackbird so much, my boyfriend bought him for me. He is above the fireplace. Perfect! Thank you!
Nicole

Patrice said...

Hello Nicole! So good of you to visit my (somewhat neglected) blog. I love hearing from people who have bought my paintings as so often they are sold and I never know where they go... Blackbird On A Wire is one of my personal favorites and I nearly didn't offer it for sale... But me and the kitties and horses gotta eat - and sharing my art is a pleasure.

I'd love to see a photo of it in place. Is that possible? You could post it in an email - patricelynneyoung@windstream.net - or to my Facebook page: Patrice Lynne Young https://www.facebook.com/patricelynneyoung/?ref=hl

Thank you and very best wishes!