Thursday, October 13, 2011

Creative Team Work - Taking a Break

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Deviant Scrap continues growing at a fast pace and I'm always impressed and wow'ed by how the designers can continue to produce so many new and captivating digital elements week after week! 

I've taken a bit of a respite from creating specifically for the Creative Teams I participate in so I can focus on working on developing more personal work.  I began creating digital illustrations for Deviant Scrap upon it's arrival on the internet in May 2010 and as of today, have created  448 different pieces !  That's an average of 26 per month!  I know!  I guess there's no surprise that I have a passion for working digitally!  I saw that number and thought....



 
"Holy Cow!"
(close up detail of Spinning My Wheels below)

 
This collage/illustration was created after Finecrated Designs and Holliewood Studios collaborated recently to create a kit they called "Ode To A Muse - 2"  with images reminiscent of Michael deMeng's asssemblage work. 

Spinning My Wheels 8 x 11 inch digital illustration
Copyright 2011 TwoDressesStudio
All Rights Reserved
Image Credits with thanks to Finecrafted Designs and Holliewood Studios
 - Ode to a Muse 2, Dancing Girls - Lisa Altered Art
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Self-conscious, self disclosure part -
I've tried to  reflect periods in my life when I occasionally feel like I am “Spinning My Wheels” creatively.  Sound familiar?  I think "us creative types" all have occasion from time to time to second guess what they do and why they do it?  I'd wager that for the majority of us, it certainly has little to do with the notion of a 'get rich quick scheme' :0) Not that there's any harm in dreaming....

The Eye being held is my true creative aspirations, that I hold onto dearly but sometimes put on the back burner while I act like a  ‘puppeteer’ for some of my work on various creative teams....(the dancing women representing the kits) And the antlers and eyes are my insecurities – “deer in headlights” timidness and also my ‘mask’ to avoid the work. Or not being 100% myself. There I said it - I am often my own worst enemy.  Doesn't Dr. Phil say, "You can't change what you don't acknowledge"?

Please note, this does not diminish the gratitude I feel for the great fun I have at Deviant and how lucky I feel to be a part of the teams there!  I have learned so much and more importantly have developed wonderful friendships with like-minded peeps.

Thanks as always for reading these posts and allowing me a 'voice'.....

11 comments:

Terri Kahrs said...

Your thought provoking post touched my creative heart, Trudi. OMG! You've NO idea how much I've been 2nd guessing and questioning lately. I can totally relate to the "antlers" and "puppeteer". . . .

Will send a long, overdue email in the next few days. It's been one thing after the other lately - including vacation and some home-related stuff. Love & Hugs, Terri xoxox

bockel24 said...

I really love that new piece and can´t wait to see what you´ll do in the next couple of months. I never wanted to join any design teams because I fear not only pressure but also a given direction in art. YOUR DT artwork always liked like true Trudi to me.

roc said...

wow..what a post. i think we can ALL relate to what you are feeling. every one questions their validity and value, whether it is creatively or a blue collar worker. from time to time we struggle with all those questions of who, what, where, why. i find that during those times i find i come out of the inner reflection more alert, aware and determined to do my best to stay on a path for what makes me happy. all we can do is honor the space we are in and have faith that it is exactly where we are suppose to be. your work is reflective of such honesty and i applaud you for that.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I have nothing but appreciation for your images...I am not skilled to know ow you have created these but all I can see is how wonderful they would be to illustrate an ongoing narrative/story/poem. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Lisa Graham Art said...

Dear Trudi,
I love your post, your art work, your honesty.

As I have time I will be exploring more of your, what was it? 448 pieces of art...WOW. Your work is so appealing and draws you in.

Enjoy your break with all you've got!

Lisa said...

Ah Trudi, I so understand what you mean in this post. Its bizzare to have to these thoughts occur at roughly the same time as you, but I've been having them too! For me I guess it is the need to keep learning...keep growing...I reach a plateau then need a new hill or mountain to climb. I've been thinking about all the work I've created as a CT too...and I've ponderded pulling away a bit... so I could focus on artistic growth...but alas...the desire to create for others and be a part of a team is strong.

Indigo said...

This is a lovely post...
As I read your words it almost seemed as if we'd had a conversation recently...
Have a nice evening.

Fallingladies said...

very cool piece,
I also wanted to let you know I'm mailing my butterfly to you ASAP.... you can see it here...

http://fallingladies-fallingladies.blogspot.com/2011/10/something-new.html

herminesplace said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Oh wow doing 26 a month!!! how do you manage

Kathy said...

Love that new piece. And you know, I love ALL of your pieces. A friend was teaching me to knit. I was so concentrated that the stitches were getting tighter and tighter. She put her hand on mine and said, "Kathy. This is supposed to be fun!" I've used that phrase many, many times.
Don't forget Miss Trudi. It's SUPPOSED to be fun. Glad you're stopping for a rest and to remember the fun. You're an amazing artist.

Hugs,
Kathy

Fiona (anubis 1 ) said...

My dear Trudi, I can totally relate to what your feeling and I admire your honesty. Enjoy your break and enjoy just being you.
Love and Hugs, Fiona.oxoxox