Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Finding My Diva

Today when I went to my dance class, (NIA), we danced to a routine called "Diva". I thought it was fitting for the day since I was in a particularly sassy mood. Flirting with my feminine side was a great reminder of all the roles I have and how to tap into them. I like the idea of practicing this, just like practicing piano or yoga. Kriszti compared it to putting on a different shirt. Practicing gets you ready for the times that a particular role is demanded of you or needed from you, whether that be the diva, the mother, the teacher, the caretaker.... you name it.

I also like to think of my work in this way. I have many different working modes and moods. Some people might call them "styles" but there is a common thread coursing through all of them. That thread is me. Some pieces may be more quiet where others, more bold and gestural. If every piece was the same in it's mood and process, I'd be bored stiff. Variety, it turns out, is the spice of life.....




I did all of these pieces last year. Each has a different quality and as I think about doing each of them I can actually remember what it felt like while I painted them; how I was feeling when I put down those marks. Tapping into that is powerful stuff... Happy Painting Everyone. I hope the New year is off to a great start for you!!

5 comments:

SamArtDog said...

One of the best great starts to this new year came yesterday when the mailman brought the latest issue of the Pastel Journal, and there you were! Your refresher study guide is wonderfully generous. Thanks so much for making your column inches count for us all!

Mary said...

your pastels are glorious. thank your posting your work and providing inspiration for me as i gain experience working in the pastel medium

B Boylan said...

This post is really thought provoking Marla.
I have never thought of my style changing much over a day or two of painting but looking back as you have illustrated here, I'm so glad to know that it is normal for moods to shift per painting. Diva, huh? I like that!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

It's refreshing to hear you embrace all aspects of your painting styles. So often I hear artists thwarted by ideas that galleries are looking for "consistency in style" -- maybe artists use that as an excuse to keep from experimenting.

Your work is lively and interesting. If diva-finding is part of that, I will begin!

jaskoleczka said...

Beauitful!