|Art Journal page, April 2014|
In the last two years since I've been working in mixed media, I have experimented with oodles of new-to-me art materials and tools...including craft paint, good paint, spray ink, ink daubers, stamp pads of numerous sorts, graphite pencils, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, oil pastels, chalk pastels, dozens of pens and various nib types, washi tape and sticker-type things.
I've tinkered in the realms of book making, book altering, art journaling, Gelli plate and other monoprinting, tag, postcard and ATC making, numerous types of collaging, stamping and stamp carving, and painting. With everything, with all of it, after doing a bit and liking what I've done, and photographing it and sharing it here or on Facebook or at my Flickr site, and sending a lot of the small stuff off to mail art pals...I think, "Okay, I can do that, I like what I do, so what's next?" or "So where am I going with this?" or "Am I satisfied making stuff manically for the rest of my life, or at least until the next craze hits me?"
No, I'm not. The addiction of jumping around is not for me. The addiction of throwing new-better-different stuff to make stuff with into the mix doesn't work for me any longer, if it ever really did. I want to focus, I want to commit to something purely for my own sake. I want to see where I can go in one area, work at it, get better at it, apply myself to it.
Painting will be that thing. When I'm good and ready.