'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Time Traveler

'Time management specialist' will be added to my resume after 'artist' and 'caregiver.' As a kid, I never kept track of time. I often got 'stuck'. Friends had to break my trance for me to stay current in our fast paced childhood world. I'm paying now for all that random dreaming. Glad to have the extra hour today! Never enough time is turning into a problem.
Wall assemblage tracking time at home  ©robinrkent

Viewing problems as creative challenges can be successful and usually fun. Here's my plan for rolling one solution for time and art together:
I want to create simpler art - whether assemblage sculpture (a la Marisol) or painting (Milton Avery). Being mindful of editing and simplifying might also take less time.    Bingo!

When asked recently 'how long does it take to make my art,' I described how some works can be unruly throughout. Not a linear process; many sideroads to get to the end envisioned. They thought differently recalling how they watched a family friend/artist start a huge painting and finish it the next day. Hmmm. I know artists I admire who can do that also.

I'll give it a try. Nothing to lose but some time.


An Urban Cottage said...

I'll have to look up this Marisol. Milton Avery is an idol of mine. I once heard an artist respond to sarcastic question about how long it took her to paint a simple landscape: "My whole life." It was snarky but true.

Great photograph!

Cynthia Myers said...

OMG! He totally said what I was going to say!
I read somewhere..well, maybe it was on his blog.."my whole life".
I LOVE that answer.
I sometimes ask people what price I should ask for something that I've created. I guess it's the old "careful what you ask for" thing but I HATE when they ask ME, well.. how long did it take?
I always get upset and say John Lennon, or Picasso could scribble out a few lines and....
OK, I'll stop ranting.
I think sometimes it takes no time and other times it takes forever. Time doesn't matter. It's how the piece makes you feel.
and your Time Traveler makes me feel Happy.
xoxo - Cindi

Carole said...

If artists were paid by the hour we'd all be millionaires! Love you little time keeper "fairy". xo Carole

amanda white said...

Ha ha Carole. So true. Trouble is we're paid less than my mother's cleaner when it comes down to hours put in and all the thinking and planning beforehand.