Painting for Myself
It is really easy as a commission-based artist to become creatively burnt out. My art teacher talked about it ("No more bluebonnets. Ever."), there are books about it, and there are whispers in the art community. No one wants to admit it, including the artist, but it is true! Clients want multiple revisions, deadlines pile up, posts demand to be uploaded, and there seems to be no time for creativity. While I am so incredibly grateful that I do receive commission requests and that I can make this my job, I don't feel like I am bringing my A game to clients when I work seven days a week (because when you work for yourself and wear all the hats, that's just how it goes!) and have no time for my own interests.
I saw Nicole Kidman's recent shoot with Love Magazine on Who What Wear and absolutely fell in love with this shot in particular. Maybe it spoke to my inner Texan, maybe it was the stark contrast of the cowboy hat, but I immediately thought, "I want to paint that!"
Now, wanting to paint something is not unusual for me, obviously. But this image, in particular, has been stuck in my mind for days. So, I made my first ever mood board. I have had several ideas for a new series of oil paintings to do just for me, and they all came together to create this hodgepodge collage. I felt refreshed as soon as I walked away from my computer because I knew that I had taken a step to being creative for myself. Selfish or not, it was exciting!
Who knows when I will be able to actually act upon it, but at least I have the thought down in visual form. That's what mood boards are for anyway, right? To inspire!