Friday, January 29, 2010

What keeps us from Creative Growth? By Lenall Siebenaler

Complacency, satisfaction and the ringing of the cash register are three devils that hinder creative growth. The perpetual student does not stray far from the path of invention and re-invention. That's where real satisfaction lies. That's the real motivation that keeps you at it. "We are created creative," says Maya Angelou, "and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed."

In my mind if I can't play I can't stay...

I used to be more serious about art. It seems during the last few years I've reverted back to childhood. The girl just wants to have fun...

I stopped painting exclusively in Watercolor. Why? Was it because I can't compete with my Watercolor friends? They create wonderful masterpieces recreating pictures in nature that they took themselves. My paintings never really looked real--more unreal, in my mind... It got serious.

Yes, I've been juried into shows and even twice to the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Once a serious painting and the second time a very odd but interesting painting.

I think that maybe I need to go forward doing what I do best. Playing. Playing means change. Playing means no rules. Playing means it doesn't have to be a masterpiece. Playing means "What if?" Playing means anything I want it to mean. Playing encourages growth. I love to dabble in a lot of different media. It is so much more fun. What do you think?

I've added two paintings above that got into a Watercolor Show. What do you think?



Robin Olsen said...

Good question Lenall! To me bottom line is you have to do what you enjoy whether it's free play or meticulous, realistic watercolor. For me, I think my sweet spot is somewhere in between. I get bored with photorealistic type painting, but I also get bored with free play--though I find it very useful for loosening up. I want to challenge myself in each piece and grow in some way--that's when I'm happiest.

As far as your two pieces, both lovely, but I have always been blown away by your bowl of fruit. Not the "realistic" aspect of it, but the strong value contrasts and the exciting composition you've used.

Maggie said...

I LOVE the fruit Lenall. Such strong shadows yet the fruit colors are so soft.

Robin is right--you've balanced the contrasts beautifully.