Georgia O’Keeffe is one of my favorite artists. I love how her work plays with perceptions and projections. For me, she beautifully asks so much of the viewer, almost as if to say, “I dare you to see what you see.”
Lately, Georgia has been on my mind. I consider her to be, at the moment, the guide to my creative life.
I once read the following quote by her:
“Before I put brush to canvas, I question ‘Is this mine? Is it influenced by some idea I have acquired from some man?’…I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of woman, as well as all of me” – Georgia O’Keeffe
And I love it. As I begin to create a book proposal on the power of a woman’s body, I have spent time feeling lost. What is my next step? What form of art do I want to create right now and so on?
I found myself again and again turning to this quote in my mind. It is the guide I am using as I write the proposal and it is the guide I am using for the art I am creating.
I have always been one to question the randomness of my blog. One day I blog on narcissism, the next day, I write on spiritual art, and then I throw in a stepparenting blog here and there.
I have gone through “female” art phases, a phallic art phase, a random creation phase, a heart art phase, and so on…
“How do I come to know myself through my art and creations when I can not seem to get them consistent?” is a question I will ask myself.
I know some of you also question your art/blogging topics and wonder if they are what you really want to choose and what you really want to portray.
As you choose to create the blogs/art/life that best represents you, ask yourself, “Is this mine?” or “Is this me?” and let that be your guide.