my truth (the text in pen)

Instead of trying too hard to be original when we create, we should try to just be “true”. True to what we’re drawn to right now. To follow the hand as it reaches for the next paint tube, what ever colour it is. It feels like I haven’t made a real iHanna collage in months, but this was a first try… a try to be true to my longing to create. I hope it is a fresh start that will show me the road to the next piece.

I started by making this collage:

First step: collaged papers in patchwork manner
A collage put together in my usual grid like manner, patchwork style with mostly my own painted papers and some ephemera.

And because I’ve been thinking about the paint roller I used it to apply some white paint on top of all of this. I don’t usually use white – or the roller. Inspired by this and that seen online I tried white, and then covered almost all of it with a light pink shade.

Truth - then some white paint

I like the finished piece (if it’s finished, I’m not sure) but now that I look at the images I guess the above photo with the awesome pink and green shades, the starting point, is more true to my style than the softened one below:

Finished truth collage
Finished (?) collage My truth, a reminder of what is important. Nike was soooo spot on, and still are: Just do it baby!

I guess the reasons I haven’t created a “real collage” in a while are many, time being the saddest of excuses… It’s a lack of time together with tiredness in the evening, excursions taking me out and about (it’s summer!), fear, commuting, reading books, procrastinating sitting down and picking up the paint brush – and the lack of confidence in what I want/need to create. Questioning myself and my motives. Asking why, what, when & how should my artwork be?

This painting was inspired by Jennifer Louden’s summer guest post, Swap True for Original, at Ali’s. Her post was the gentle nudge I needed. Thank you Jennifer!

Then I found the truth, in the making of the artwork, on why and how and all the rest: Just be true to myself. And right now I long for the process of cut and glue. Just create for fun. Do it in the spur of the moment (though through a longing that is lingering inside all the time. Let me say it again All. The. Time.). Because I felt like using pink (again). Because I wanted to.

And on the note of being original or copying others… I recently listened to Notes from the Voodoo Lounge podcast where Jill Berry talks about Talks About Copying other artists. You should listen to it too.

And as a note to self, remember this:

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C.S. Lewis