"Making Room" - mixed media on board, 16" x 20".
This piece is another paint over from the stack I created by tidying the studio. You may remember the patchwork horse from the 30 in 30 challenge? All his vibrancy and refusal to follow the crowd is underneath these many layers. And as with the last paint over, I like it much better now.
The inspiration for this piece came from a book I returned to over the weekend. 344 Questions: The Creative Person's Do-It Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival and Artistic Fulfillment. This one was a gift from a dear friend some time ago. It's a wild workbook which either makes me laugh or cringe (depending on the page) but always makes me think. It was time to pull it out again and work a few pages. There were two questions which made me run to the studio and make this piece: What is sexy about your life? What is sexy about your work?
Initially, these questions made me cringe! Sexy? Hmmmm. For many decades, there have been children, grandchildren or parents living in my house. Sexy seemed to be a long way from my life. But the question was valid and so I pondered some more. And within a few hours, I could see the sexiness...this pale yellow orchid on the table, tibetan prayer flags gently beckoning in the breeze, sandalwood oil gently misting in the bedroom. A bowl of pink apples on the counter, soft lights glowing in the yard at night...I felt like the boy in A Christmas Story, dazzled by the electric sex of a leg lamp in the window. Suddenly, sexy was everywhere!
And somehow, the mere pondering of the question and noticing of the elements in my surroundings translated into the piece and brought the sexy into my work. Pay no attention to the bomchickawowow music now stuck in my head.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation