Friday, August 3, 2007

In the ZONE

“I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next
morning the delirium is over. I come into the studio very
fearfully; I creep in to see what happened the night before.
And the feeling is one of, "My God, did I do that?"
Philip Guston

This Guston quote has always been one of my favorites. I relate to it so much. Being an artist never ceases to amaze me. I was just born this way. I do have a formal education, but those classes didn’t make me an artist. I was an artist long before the professors arrived. Yet even though I can’t imagine NOT being an artist, I am still intrigued by the way artists think, create, and the outcome of those processes. Like Guston, I too will wander around my house and studio looking at the stuff I made and see it as if it is the first time I have seen it. Sometimes I will stand in front of a painting and know full well I made it, but I can’t remember being there when I did. It is almost as if I am having an out of body experience when I paint. I go into an art ZONE.
There are times I long to get into the ”zone". This state is magical. You become so intensely focused on what you are doing, time flies by and the world stops. It is as if only you and your work are enveloped in a dreamlike, creative fog. After this happens, you don’t realize how you painted what you painted. You just know you did it, some how. The best part is that you know you can do it again. That is why being an artist makes me satisfied and happy. Speaking of which, I started another fun little series called “Gratitudes”. Here is the first of the bunch!

Acrylic on Canvas
8” X 8” X 1.5”
Click to go to Wizzle Works
Scroll down to see "Happy" from different angles


Anonymous said...

This, and the previous post, both speak to me. I know why you do it. Because you have to, yes. But also because the universe knows your artwork is needed in today's world.

Sheree Rensel said...

Cath, I am SO GLAD what I have written is relevant to you! I really am! Also, thank you SO MUCH for your sweet comments. I sure hope the Universe needs my work! Sometimes I wonder (but I make it anyway!! LOL) Thanks again!