09/23/2006: "Lady in Waiting"
Nothing inspires me like watching another artist in the studio. I think what impressed me the most about Andy Warhol was his incredible work ethic. He worked non-stop. His advice to other artists was to constantly make art and not worry about if itís any good or not, to let the critics decide.
My creative cycle is somewhat predictable and I can tell that Iím on the cusp of that momentÖthe moment just before the ideas and the images come. Itís exciting and a little scary, like a ball of fire in the pit of the stomach; like waiting for a loverís phone call. I donít feel like eating or sleeping; I canít stay focused; Iím just pacing about waiting for it. °Darmelo!
I donít know about other artists but I canít just sit down and start working. I mean, I guess I can do isolated pieces that way. I can tell myself ďyou need to work todayĒ and I can start a painting. But what Iím waiting for is the magic. I can think and read and intellectualize, but the joo joo comes from a place I can't tap into at will.
Iím also a little worried that a major creative spurt on the heels of my recent social reemergence could cause me to back-slide into isolation before my healthy new habits have a chance to take hold; I guess thatís a risk Iím willing to take though.
ĒHappy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day." -- Winston Churchill.