Great Smoky Mountains, collage on vintage postcard, 2022
I’ve been so focused on my collage practice lately that I haven’t been writing very much. I’ve also, over the past few weeks, started a small business selling my artwork locally, which wasn’t something I’d really planned to do. It just kind of happened organically…but more about that in a future post.
In this post, I thought I’d share some vintage postcards I worked on over the weekend. They were so much fun, I plan to get more later this week. Of this batch, Great Smoky Mountains (above) is probably my favorite.
An observation: creativity is very much an all or nothing proposition for me. I am either creative, or I am not. If I am feeling creative, I tend to create at a furious pace. I often feel a great sense of heightened energy and attention, as if I’m a bit more alive than usual, or thinking with my whole brain. This past weekend, for example, I made 11 collages. I become so absorbed I can easily work from sun up until sun down and never stop making. I’m lucky I remember to eat.
But, on days in which I am not creative, well, I’m simply not. I can’t make anything. Sometimes this period only lasts for a few days, and sometimes it’s more drawn out, lasting a week or longer. I’ve learned to enjoy this “down” period. (There was a time when I’d get frustrated that I couldn’t create everyday.) And I often use it to prepare for the next creative phase, in the way of gathering new materials, jotting down lines of poetry as they come to me, moving around scraps of paper or simply cutting up new images.