Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creativity. One Baby Step at a Time.


For years, my mom has had an old fiddle on a shelf in her living room. It was technically mine, but I don't think that I had ever actually held the thing. It had become a decorative piece and had sat there looking at me whenever I'd come home to visit. Over the summer I decided to take some initiative, so I took it to the music doctor and had the bridge and the strings replaced. I bought a bow. I bought rosin for the bow. And then it came home with me and sat on top of a cabinet in my living room, once again collecting dust. You see, I have a habit of starting things and not finishing them. Small things--a book left unread here, a knitting project coming unraveled there. So on Monday, I decided to take a small step with regard to my fiddle and my large pile of unfinished intentions. I would rosin the bow. Nothing else. Rosin the bow.

That seemed to open the door because on Tuesday, I met with a sweet friend who gave me my first official fiddle lesson! I now know how to hold the bow. (Can't do it yet--it's really hard to keep my thumb bent up like that!) And I learned the "A" scale! Can I play the "A" scale well? Heck, no! It sounds like a dying cat. But it is so much FUN!!! (Although, I am going to avoid bringing up the subject with my neighbors!) All this to say that I took a baby step on one of my zillion projects, and it really helped with my creativity. I painted this RED with more ease than I have had in a while.

While I don't think that it's a formula (playing "A" scale = heightened creativity!), I do think that I need to challenge myself to find inspiration outside of my art realm.

This RED is titled, "Red's Calling." I painted her for a lovely art patron from Australia--my first piece to travel down under! I'm a little bummed because I'm nearing the end of my vintage wolf images. I now have an excuse (not that I need one!) to go junking and find some more collage goodies. :-) From her expression, I think that she is perfectly able to handle her situation!

8 comments:

ellie said...

Great story! I love creative connections....esp. between music and art! Autumn, the halo effect of the red patterned circle is so striking!

Keep fiddlin' around! :D

Julie-ann Bowden said...

You gave me such a laugh when you wrote heck no. He, he, he! You certainly keep with your art. Your creativity must be growing. Music, how cool! Your art is fabulous!

Autumn said...

Wow, Ellie! Turning off your blog comments was a really brave thing to do. It's one thing to recognize patterns/habits in yourself and quite another thing to actually do something about it. I appreciate your feedback, and I am definitely planning to keep on practicing the fiddle!

Wicked Darling said...

I ADORE your artwork!!!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Do you know, I feel exactly the same way with your art. Love all your beautiful faces, writing and mixed media. Depth of your faces and surroundings. It is fantastic I can see your art in several places now.

Autumn said...

Wicked Darling--you rock!!! Thank you so much for putting me in your Etsy treasury!!! And you are so kind Julie-ann. I'm trying to get the word out about my art slowly but surely...;-)

Flor Larios Art said...

Love your painitngs..those big eyes and the blowing hair....

Nicola said...

Hi there, I just stumbled across your blog whilst having my morning cuppa and I'm so glad that I found you. I love your art. Your ladies are gorgeous and your use of colour is magical. I can't wait to see what you paint next as I am now a follower, nice to meet you!! :0)

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