Sometimes we make art without knowing it. Back when I did more traditional painting with acrylics, I used a glass palette. It was 9 X 12 piece of glass that was stacked on top of a piece of white foam core and taped around the edges. It fit perfectly inside a Masterson Sta-wet pallete box. I never liked the sta-wet thingies...they moved when I mixed paint and reminded me of diapers. I found if I spritzed water on the acrylic paint on the glass palette, it would sometimes stay workable until the next painting session. The advantages of this glass palette is I could scrape it down with a straight edge razor and start fresh. Sometimes in the cleaning of the palette I would see beautiful artworks.
This morning, in a discussion in the Marketing group in the MAIDA Dolls Group, I realized that the sites that I write and organize ARE part of the art I make. I have spent a lot of time feeling frustrated that I am not making "real art" in the form of actual objects. And all the while I have been nurturing these other artworks - an informational site on Izannah Walker Dolls, a more general site on Making Antique Inspired Dolls & Accessories, and a place where doll artists can connect and encourage one another.
I want to take the time to acknowledge the art I didn't know I was making. I would like to be able to make big gestural works like this.
But for now, I'll enjoy the surprising art I didn't know I was making.