I was in the “zone”, (which is the preoccupation of obsessively creating an image), becoming so strong in my mind’s eye, that I am only freed from the zone by completing the actual work. I worked days, excessively on this image.
I know that I feel exposed when I show any part of the process to anyone outside the zone of my head. I am aware that I am exposed.
I took breaks, but it is the night of another day of obsessing over every little piece of it, adding, subtracting, pacing around the work, only stopping to take nature’s breaks, which can be a nuisance when in the creative zone.
It is only when the image is getting near the final stages that I feel I have revealed my subject or an aspect of them in an honest approach.
Bella Sinclair said
I am mesmerized, completely and wholly. Thank you for sharing your process. I am always envious of artists who become completely immersed and absorbed in their pieces, emotionally one. This is a stunning and moving portrait, rife with symbolism and careful thought. It’s exciting to watch it evolve. Thank you!
studio lolo said
I second what Miss Bella said.
It’s so hard to ‘put it out there’ in its raw form while the completed picture is in your head only. I love that you so totally get into the zone Indigene. I’m right there with you most of the time, but all I can say is it isn’t happening as much for me these days. Perhaps the moves have been too hard on my creative spirit. Either that or I know I should be looking for a job!!
Anyway, I’m glad I came back to this post before commenting on the finished piece.
Thank you for sharing (and baring) you art and soul.