Now that my youngest is at school five mornings a week and my studio time, and therefore output, has increased, I'm using the process Alyson Stanfield outlines in her book, I'd Rather be in the Studio, essentially asking myself "What do I paint and why? What do I use and why?". I now have a rough draft that I plan to share with friends tomorrow, when they come on a studio visit and can see the paintings 'live'. No, I'm not going to share that rough draft here just yet - I want their input first because I know it has a lot of jagged edges.
“I have read too many that are pretentious and incomprehensible.” - Deborah Paris
However, rough though my draft is, I have found that the simple process of thinking about my work in a structured way has unleashed a wave of creativity. I started five new paintings this week and have ideas for two others. I haven't felt this kind of surge before, at least not without an external driving force (like a class) behind it. I think that for me, writing the artist's statement has done for me what a mission statement does for enterprises - it's given me a focus and a reason that was not clear to me before. Kind of like setting goals does but in a more abstract, higher level kind of a way.